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

Edwardian Chaise Longue in Eleanor Pritchard fabric

An Edwardian chaise longue reupholstered in Eleanor Pritchard Wrekin wool fabric

And very nice too

This was a commission

Friday, 23 March 2018

1930s rocking chair in Melin Tregwynt fabric

A 1930's rocking chair with bentwood arms reupholstered in Halo 100% wool fabric by Melin Tregwynt

Rock on.

This was a commission

Victorian Chaise Longue in Bute fabrics

A late Victorian chaise reupholstered in Bute fabrics Ramshead fabric

It's such a great fabric for period furniture as it somehow manages to look both contemporary and traditional at the same time - how did they do that?

Nice bit of furniture or what?

This was a commission

Anorak Chair

I covered this metal office chair in an old rubber anorak of mine that never fitted properly. I had intended this to be for a bus stop but it turned out better than expected so I decided to keep it. It was then exhibited in Transform:Trawsnewid a show at MWD Architects in Llandeilo on the theme of re-use of objects.

As it's waterproof it's going on my patio - look out for further chairs covered in anoraks to go alongside it.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Mid Century Sofa in Kvadrat fabric

A very large mid-century sofa reupholstered in Kvadrat Halingdal wool fabric.

This sofa is either home-made or at least heavily modified with an 18mm ply base and rough-sawn plank back. We just made a couple of huge cushions upholstered in one of the best fabrics on the market and look at it.

7 feet long and total class.

This was a commission.

Large armchair in Designers Guild fabric

A huge Laura Ashley armchair reupholstered in Delahaye fabric by Designers Guild.

Amazing fabric, it's an oil-on-water print.

What about that eh?

This was a commission.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Bus Shelter chair at Lydstep

This chair now available to bus travellers on the A1439 at Lydstep, Pembrokeshire.

I liberated the chair from a skip and covered the seat in the quilt cover I made for my daughter when she was very little - it's an Andy Warhol Camo copy.

I then got completely carried away with paint after I'd had a few drinks - I'm calling it the 'Drunk Pattern' camo (trademarked).

And there's an amputee Grenadier Guard just to round things off.

1960's Bed Settee in Bute tweed

A 1960's bed settee reupholstered in Bute Fabrics tweed

Once again Bute came up trumps with the fabric

Terrific for an afternoon nap eh?

This was a commission

Monday, 25 September 2017

Large Ottoman and Lloyd Loom chair in Melin Tregwynt wool

Large ottoman and Lloyd Loom chair reupholstered in Melin Tregwynt Vintage Rose Savannah fabric

Over the past three years our lovely octogenarian neighbours who were so welcoming and helpful to us since we moved to this great little village eleven years ago became ill and died within a very short time of each other. As the house was being cleared some of the family decided to leave a few pieces of furniture with us for reupholstery. The above box and below chair were among them.

Sometimes it's the sentimental value of furniture that matters. Reupholstery can transform things that may have little monetary value or may not seem to 'fit' in our contemporary homes and give them huge importance in our lives again. They can connect us to our past while being resolutely contemporary - both old and new at the same time.

It's amazing, give it a go.

In memory of the lovely Ollie and Marion.

Lloyd Loom in Melin Tregwynt wool

Nice little Lloyd Loom chair reupholstered in Melin Tregwynt Carew wool - great how the wear on the chair seems to match the colour range in the fabric

This was a commision

Cane Chair with the perfect fabric

A 1950's open armchair with canework back - new seat in Melin Tregwynt Nexus Ochre 100% wool

Our customer picked up this chair with no cushion and dropped it off saying 'see if you can find me a fabric that suits this'. This is one of our repeat customers for whom we have done many jobs in the past and it's great when someone trusts you to come up with the right thing.

When I spotted the similarity between the weave pattern and the 6-way cane weave pattern I knew we had a match, what about that eh?

This was a commission

Bus Shelter Chair at Defynnog

This chair now available to bus travellers on the A4067 at Defynnog.

The chair came from a load in a skip and is now covered in my old German parka.

If you're wondering where the usual toy soldiers are, they're in the pockets.

I can recommend a pint at the nearly Farmer's Arms if you're thinking of visiting.