Monday, 27 July 2015

Iron Back Chair in Bute tweed

An 1880's iron back armchair reupholstered in Bute tweed 2726.

Iron back chairs have to be reupholstered in the traditional way and take ages to complete but what a pleasure when they're finished. Because each stage of the back and arms have to be stitched to the next (hessian, hair, calico, topcover) and nothing can be tacked to the frame (back panel included) there is always a certain looseness and hand-stitched aspect to the finish - I love this. I don't think traditional reupholstery should be perfect - of course it should be done with great care and as much skill as is available and it should be done properly, with quality materials - but it should look handmade, because, well, it is.

As armchairs go this is a real beauty. Just look at the angle of the back legs, I can't take my eyes off it.

Once again the Bute tweed suits it perfectly - no pattern to interrupt the curves and buttoning but plenty of strong colours to keep things interesting and luxurious. Once again I have to thank my customer for choosing the right fabric, it makes it such a pleasure to do the work.
I just wish I knew how to take photographs...

...because this is the actual colour of the fabric.

Good job I chose upholstery and not photography eh?

This was a commission.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Mick, thank you for this morning and the lovely bits of fabric! Madly I managed to lose your card between leaving yours and getting home but I've found you. This is almost exactly the same as the chair I was talking about and that's exactly the fabric I was drawn to. Well keep in touch anyway and hope to see you again and meet Julie Ann soon. Nick :) ( ��