Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Art Deco armchairs welsh style

A pair of Art Deco armchairs reupholstered in Melin Tregwynt Vintage Rose wool fabric.

Great shape on these don't you think?

You could probably pick up something like these for a couple of hundred quid then bring them to me, spend another £1500 or so and you can have your own pair. What are you waiting for?

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Strange shelter chair at Llanegwad

Whoever uses this homemade shelter that looks like it's cut out of some kind of storage barrel can now sit down

I have a feeling it might be used by kids from the house behind waiting for the school bus, so I made a camo seat from offcuts of wool fabric that I thought they might like. I also added a squashy mouse (a nod to Robert Thompson) because if it's an ex grain store I like the idea of the mouse sitting in it.

And why not eh?

Child's Egg style chair in Melin Tregwynt wool

One of the many late 1960's Arne Jacobsen style copies upholstered in Melin Tregwynt wool

Upholsterers, think twice before letting your customer talk you into reupholstering something this shape in a geometric pattern, this took ages to get right. I'm happy I made sense of the pattern with some pleats in the outside back and joins on the inside arms but ideally a plain fabric would give you a perfect curve for the back.

I'm pretty happy with how this turned out though, good one innit.

Chinoiserie footstool in Scottish wool

A 19th century Chinoiserie footstool reupholstered in Bute Ramshead fabric

Superb detail in the paintwork.

Footstool in Welsh wool

An elegant little footstool reupholstered in Melin Tregwynt Nexus wool, very nice too

Regency sofa upholstered in Welsh wool

A large Recency sofa traditionally upholstered in Melin Tregwynt semi-plain weave.

This came in as a pre-stripped frame so we had little idea how it had been upholstered but decided to do it in horse-hair as it is such a nice example and an original piece.

I was very happy with how the bolsters fitted the arm recess and overall I love the neatness of the whole thing.

Yet another piece if furniture I wish was mine.

Subbuteo Chair on the A6 near Luton

Subbuteo Chair now available to bus travellers on the A6 near Luton

I covered the chair in an old Subbuteo pitch in homage to the England team after their great progression in the world cup.

And I took it down to Luton because I was going to see them play and of course LTFC are the greatest football team in the world.

Child's chair in Melin Tregwynt wool

This chair was made for my customer when she was five, now she's passing it on to her grandchild so we reupholstered the seat and back in some Welsh wool, keeping the original vinyl on the arms and back.

I think it's about time your did something with that chair you had when you were a child don't you think?

Footstool upholstered in a sheepskin coat

A customer asked me if I could cover her footstool in a sheepskin coat that she loved but had become too damaged to wear any more so of course I said yes.

I added the buttons underneath as a secret little touch because, hey, I can.

Pair of wingbacks in Melin Tregwynt wool

A pair of wingback chairs reupholstered in wool fabrics by Melin Tregwynt.

I love doing pairs in different fabrics, just makes things a little bit more interesting I reckon.

This one is in 'Halo' and the one below in 'Elements'.

These were a commission

Bus Shelter Chair at Abergwili

Chair now available to bus travellers on the high street at Abergwili, Carmarthen.

As ever the chair was from the tip and I covered it in some floral fabric I stripped from an armchair I was reupholstering.

I like to extend the fabric to the bottom stretchers on certain dining chairs which gives it an elegant look I like to think - kinda skirt like. And for good measure on this one I added a boob tube.

And why not eh?

Bus Shelter Chair at Crickhowell

This chair is now available to bus travellers on the A40 at Crickhowell

I made this chair a while back for an exhibition, it's one of my 'inside out' chairs where the fabric is stitched into the horse hair to show the inside on the outside.

It was kicking around the showroom for ages and I couldn't decide what to do with it and so, like most of my other experimental chairs I thought, "oh I'll just stick it in a bus shelter."

And it was gone within hours. I know because I drove back past about three hours later and it wasn't there. Good luck to whoever took it. It's best that they're taken before they get ruined by weather, but I can't help wondering how people feel taking them, it can't be good karma surely?

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

1950's Rocking Chair in Bute Ramshead

A 1950's rocker now covered in Bute fabric's Ramshead.

I love the on/off lever on this model, a quite brilliant innovation.

And once again the fabric is total class. This was commissioned as a birthday present by one of our repeat customers to her husband - it's a great idea as long as you can wait a while. Alternatively plan about 6 months ahead and we'll have it ready for you.

Happy Birthday from ages ago Jeremy.

This was a commission

Monday, 9 July 2018

Ercol Armchairs in Melin Trefriw Wool

A pair of Ercol Armchairs reupholstered in Welsh wool from Melin Trefriw.

As we often do, we replaced the back cushions with bespoke feather cushions to show off the spindles on the chairs a bit more. It was great to work with cloth from Melin Trefriw - it's not really an upholstery fabric in that it isn't treated and doesn't have a rub test figure so we don't often get the chance to use it but as far as I'm concerned it's better than a good deal of 'proper' upholstery fabric on the market.

But it's such a great traditional Welsh tapestry design that even though it doesn't have the required cigarette test certificate for upholstery I think we'll take the risk that it wont spontaneously combust. And who smokes now anyway? And have you ever tried burning a Welsh blanket? No chance mate.

For more info on Melin Trefriw fabrics, click here

This was a commission.

Mid Century Armchair in Bute tweed

A 1960's British armchair reupholstered in terrific Bute tweed.

The cushions on this armchair had been eaten by mice and were looking a bit sorry but the chair had belonged to the customer's late husband so it was a privilege to restore it back to its former glory.

And once again the Bute Fabrics tweed range did not disappoint.

This was a commission

Pair/Par Exhibition

Two pieces from our new Welsh Vernacular range were featured in this splendid exhibition at Parc Howard in Llanelli. Here's the details from the Oriel Myrddin website.

"Simon Gaiger · Sam Knight · Mick Sheridan · Chris Williams
Seats by four exceptional makers from Carmarthenshire paired with historical seats from Carmarthenshire Museums and local collections. "

Here's a poor photo of my pieces where you can get a rough idea - the light was so strong coming through the window it was very hard to photograph so you'll h ave to take my work for it that it looked fantastic.

It was great to meet the other exhibitors and very flattering to be in such good company.

This one is mine

I am so happy with this chair I picked up for £5  - now covered in Bute tweed no less.

And no, you can't have it, it's mine.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Bus Stop Chair at Upper Tumble

The seat now available to bus travellers on the A476 at Upper Tumble, Carms.

I've been experimenting with machine-applique quite a bit, mainly trying to recreate various camouflage patterns with wool fabrics for an idea I'm trying to develop. The problem with doing this after the pub is I can get a bit carried away and come up with ridiculous things like this.

The good thing about Guerrilla Upholstery is that you don't have to live with your mistakes - just hoik it off the the nearest bus stop and forget it.

But not before stapling a plastic scuba diver to the leg though eh?

Of course not.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Mid Century Armchairs in Eleanor Pritchard fabric

A pair of mid century armchairs reupholstered in Heathfield fabric by Eleanor Pritchard

Hand made in beech and oak with nice sharp angles.

Now covered in the best fabric available to humanity.

This was a commission

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Lloyd Looms

There's nearly always a piece of Lloyd Loom furniture in our waiting list, they seem to be so enduring that they never die and they're cheap and simple to reupholster because they don't need much fabric. Here are a few recent jobs:

LL chair in Melin Tregwynt Elements 

LL blanket box in Melin Tregwynt St. David's Cross

LL chair in Sanderson Festival

So who is this Lloyd Loom character? Well I'll tell you.

He was an American individual named Marshall B Lloyd and he patented the process of weaving twisted paper round wire on a loom to create the Lloyd Loom 'fabric'. Here he is

In the 1920'a he sold the UK rights to the Lloyd Loom process to W Lusty and Sons who are responsible for most of the LL furniture above. If you have a piece it's likely to have been made by them in East London (or maybe at their later factory in Worcester). Have a look underneath, the maker's mark probably looks something like this

And the rest is history.

Except for one other very important thing you didn't know. A new range of LL furniture will soon be launched by the grandson of its inventor, LL Cool J.

Not many people know that 'LL' stands for Lloyd Loom but the multi-millionaire rapper has always been very upfront about it. "People think it stands for Ladies Love, but it actually stands for Lloyd Loom because the inventor of the Lloyd Loom process was my grandfather Marshal B Lloyd." says the millionaire rap star.

The new range will be something of a departure from the LL tradition and is based on the formal mid Victorian drawing room furniture so enamoured of its creator.

This last bit isn't true