Sunday, 23 November 2014

Bus Stop Chair at Slack Bottom, Heptonstall

A chair donated by the Farmer family after I upgraded their dining chairs. Now available for weary bus travellers on Smithwell Lane at Slack Bottom.

The chair has been reupholstered in a piece of a discarded painting by my excellent wife, Julie Ann Sheridan.  It's acrylic on canvas, so fully waterproof - a good job because the bus stop looks far from water tight.

The painting was an unused study for a series of paintings of fungi. This one was of  Marching Soldier fungus, so what better to accompany them than a plastic (Kelloggs 1970's) marching band guardsman?

Many thanks to young Annie Farmer for your help with design and reupholstery of this chair.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Victorian Campaign Chair in Vintage Moquette

A Victorian ash reclining and folding Campaign chair reupholstered in a vintage moquette.

A tricky job this - this is basically a deckchair with extra positions so it's not easy to give it a padded, upholstered seat without it getting wrinkled when in the upright position.

With lots of hand-stitching and adjustments it is possible though. And now I know how to do it, it will take me half the time in future.

Great fabric.

This was a commission.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Wingback Armchair in Welsh Wool

A 1970's 'High Wycombe' armchair reupholstered in Melin Tregwynt Mondo Aqua 100% wool.

This fabric is very well known in Wales and is referred to by most people as 'the spots'. It's quite a challenge to get everything to line up on a chair with so many curves but it's worth it, don't you think?

This was a commission

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Edwardian Inlaid Armchair in Welsh wool

An early 20th Century open armchair in rosewood - reupholstered in Melin Tregwynt St. David's Cross 100% lambswool.

I use this fabric often as it's very complimentary with any darker wood furniture, even very busy chairs like this one. It's not strictly an upholstery weight fabric but it's fine for smaller items that are not in everyday use. This customer had this one done to accompany a similar chair she bought from me in the same fabric (seen here) so has created something of a mismatched pair. With a couple of cushions in the same fabric the room looks quite splendid.

Why not do something similar yourself?

This was a commission.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Bus Stop Chair at Houghton, Pembrokeshire.

A chair I saved from the local tip, now available for bus travellers on the A477 at Houghton, Pembs.

I fixed the back spindles and added a cushion to, you know, add comfort.

I modified a cushion that I stripped from another chair and tried to jazz it up a bit with some stitching, a button and a red marker pen. I'd say this was about 5% successful - let's face it, it isn't very exciting is it? (In my defence I was somewhat inebriated while doing this).

So I added a fantastic Mr. Strawberry Pencil-top to make up for the blandness.

Great shoes he's got eh? Really good shoes.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Armchair in Welsh wool

Here's a neat little 1940's armchair reupholstered in a brand new semi-plain weave fabric by the ever wonderful Melin Tregwynt

I think this is the first time in a long time that Melin Tregwynt have produced a non-patterned cloth and jolly smart it is too. And it makes a change for me not having to pattern-match. Still 100% wool and still 100% Made in Wales.

The colours in the threads are very strong, so what looks at first like a nice rich single colour separates into three clear colours as you look closer. Quite brilliant.

A new customer saw this on the bench last week and said "That's what I want, I want my sofa covered in that fabric."

Can't say fairer than that.

This was a commission.

Monday, 3 November 2014

LLoyd Loom chairs and ottomans in Welsh wool

Here are a succession of Lloyd Loom items reupholstered in Melin Tregwynt wool fabrics.

These are for sale at The Red Giraffe Studio in Llandovery - get in quick if you're interested, they won't be around for long.