I have been asked by St Michael’s Hospice to take part in a demo day / mini workshop at The Bell in Ticehurst, on Wed 8th May.
It’s a free event and the day aims to inspire people to up-cycle pre-loved and vintage pieces, through various crafts. There will be a variety of local artisans there to demonstrate their crafts and give you lots of ideas.
I will be demonstrating the art upholstery throughout the day and would be delighted to talk to anyone interested in what I do, and about the courses I run.
So do come along to Ticehurst between 10am and 3pm. I look forward to meeting some of you !
This beautiful chaise had belonged to it’s owners grandmother and had great sentimental value. When I stripped it we found it was riddled with wordworm, which was live. It had got to the stage where it was causing the wood to disintegrate and therefore one of legs had come off.Woodworm can be treated with a special spray, and indeed must be treated, otherwise it will continue and can spread to other pieces of furniture.
I re-webbed the base of the chaise and covered it. Made a large piped box cushion to go on top, and a bolster cushion. The end was re-webbed and padded and then covered and trimmed with braid.
It has now been transformed with this smart checked fabric and hopefully been saved from further deterioration.
It’s such a shame to get rid of a favourite, comfy armchair, just because it’s looking dated. Instead it can be given a totally different look with new top fabric. Here are two armchairs I have transformed recently. The first has been given a new look with grey velvety fabric and piping in the same fabric but in a contrasting electric blue colour.
The second armchair has been given a new look so that it can have a new use in the nursery as a very comfortable nursing chair. It has been re-covered in a lovely pale green fabric from Susie Watson Designs.
I think chairs always look good in pairs. Particularly on either side of a console table.
This pair I recovered recently for someone, and as always I think they look very smart in the striped fabric.
Sets of dining chairs are easily picked up very cheaply from auction or the local paper. Why not buy a set and them split them up into pairs.