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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Upholstery Class - Day 2

We have just returned home from a wonderful evening, dining at The Olive Branch with the lovely Jo of French Allure so I'm a little behind in my blog posts.

This is what went on on Day 2 of my Upholstery Class (Tuesday).

The back of my chair (seen lying down) was tightly covered with hessian to form a base for all other layers.

I was fortunate that I was able to reuse the original layer of coconut fibre

followed by the original stuffing

covered with a new layer of 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) thick foam

stretched firmly over the previous layers, stapled and trimmed. The same process was repeated for the overlaying calico cover.

Laying calico before the final fabric is important. Not using calico is like wearing an expensive dress with no underwear. Something you may get away with if you're Pippa Middleton but the majority of us need good supportive undergarments to achieve that smooth finish.

For those who were interested, this is the correct way to use springs in chairs. Each spring is evening spaced and sewn over the webbing and has to be pushed down and tied. This is somebody else's rocking chair and to answer Carol's question, I will not be changing my zig-zag springs.

I'm tired now so will be sharing more with you tomorrow. It may get more interesting and you will see what fabric I'm using.


Alecia @ Tchotchkes etc. said...

ooh i love getting a sneak peek inside. your chair may not be as naturally taut as Pippa but I'm sure it will be just as beautiful!

Raine and Sage said...

I'm loving these posts, and I'm learning alot. Thanks for sharing. You're progressing well!

flowerpress said...

I love watching the transformation Thea!

Gild and Grace said...

What a great thing to learn! Can't wait to see the finished project :) Abbey x

Erica said...

I am learning a lot! You make it look like it's so easy!

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