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Reclaimed and Re-upholstered

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Back To School

OK. So, we made it through the summer holidays without a murder, or even a call to Childline. *Pats self on back*. We’re back in the workshop. We’ve sharpened our scissors, picked up our pins and dusted down the bag of emergency jelly babies in anticipation of getting some work done which doesn’t involve LEGO, glue-sticks, mud or bicycles.

First up, I’ve been splashing out on  lots of a m a z i n g african print fabrics. Mostly for fashioning bonkers frocks for myself, but some accidentally slipped and landed on this enormous feather cushion. BRAVO! Tickety-Tribal?

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Next up, this GORGE Ercol 2-seater. Pimped out in 100% Camira wool weave, with a blue reverse, for your more colourful alter-ego. Fed up with the original back cushions, which totally hide the beautiful back spindles, I went a bit crazy with the electric turkey knife (whoops, there goes another trade secret) and a mahoosive block of foam to create *drumroll, please*, my very own lozenge back cushion. Pretty nifty, non?

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And finally, I finished Yael’s chair. Sorry Yael. I know it took AGES- but when the client wants PLUM trim and more buttons, well, I think you’ll agree, it was worth the wait. It has to be said, the original chair was pretty gross, so I think we nailed it. This chair will be on view in Yael’s house this weekend on Bristol’s Green Doors Weekend. Yael has done some amazing hemp and lime insulation and plasterwork. Go and admire it. BUT DON”T BE SITTING ON THE CHAIR. For more about Bristol Green Rooms see http://www.bristolgreendoors.org/

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Ercol Daybed Dreaming

OK. So I finally got my paws on one. Yes. I did. I love it, even though the old foam smells of old ladies. I love it, even though it’s covered in 100% flammable porridgey ‘wool’. I love it, even though the webbing is sagging. I love it, even though I’m gonna have to sell it.

Reader, I WILL re-upholster it.

Suggestions, please. What would YOU like to see on this absoflippinglutely lovely piece of British design history?

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Club Tropicana Stool

It somehow puts me in mind of Miami Vice. A delirious hot pink sky setting over the tranquil blue waters of the Caribbean. But without the floating bodies of drug-dealers or global-warming-speeding speedboats. I might do more of these. They make me think fondly of the boys from Wham!

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Sanderson One Two Three

Client bought the MOST BEAUTIFUL fabric from Sanderson. I spent about a week wrestling with antediluvian Parker Knoll webbing tape, grommets, etc. There was blood. Really. I nailed my finger to the underside of one of them (don’t worry- the chair was FINE). The red came out SPIFFING but the green fought me all the way. But I WON. Just sayin’.

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Ercol Windsor 2 Seater

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It’s a BEAUTY.

Rare upright Ercol settle-sofa. Spiffing grey weave with yellow colour-pop piping and tufted scatter cushions. All new fillings. Proper webbing. VERY Tickety-Boo.

More pictures to follow. In the SHOP soon. Contact me if you want to bags it.

Bridewell Beauty

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After:

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It seems as if the new workspace is conducive to beauty, if I don’t say so myself. See how a frankly disgusting brown ratty chair is transformed, ta-daa *waves wand*, into a nimble-ankled, Zoffany-covered, rinky-dinky-pinky poppet. Yeah, I KNOW!

Tiny Dansette

Proper dansette legs, totally atomic canvas print topcover and colour-popping yellow buttons. Put your feet up as you figure out how to do some chemistry- be it nuclear fission, or home-brew.

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I have practically lacquered this in Scotchguard, so it should be fair game at a cocktail party (no red wine).

Get Mommy a Cocktail!

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I am not convinced that anything other than a terrifying gas bill will make me part with this. Check the shop next month when Scottish & Southern have delivered their winter hate-mail.

Cushion Mountain

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I told you I’ve been busy. No boy + diet coke + shelves of fabric + avoiding looming self-assessment deadline= MORE CUSHIONS. Perk up your bottom without doing any exercise at all. Check out the shop for more winning combinations. You know you want to. Just have a little browse instead of doing your work/ your self-assessment.

Ercol Tea-for-Two

Hot Love Triangle

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Straight out of the sweatshop- a new cushion. Actually more of an icebox than a sweatshop. The sooner I can train my boy to operate a sewing machine, the faster you’ll get your piped products.

I’ll be doing a cocktail chair in a variant of this in the New Year. *hops from foot to foot*

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Phewee.

Those are shifting very nicely. Don’t worry if the one you want sells out- just get in touch and I’ll see if I can make you up another. Obviously, the best way to avoid disappointment is to BUY THEM NOW.

World of Cushions

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Uh Oh. It’s that time of year. I’ve gone a bit mental with the piping foot and spoonflower leftovers. If you are the last person left in the UK who doesn’t have enough cushions in your life, well, I think I’ve just SAVED YOUR LIFE AND THE LIFE OF YOUR POOR BOTTOM/LOWER BACK. No need to thank me. Just press the buy-it-now button and improve the quality of your loafing by about 80%.

Guaranteed elf-free.

Made in Bristol, 100% Tickety-Boo.

Dangerous Liaisons

Another re-cover job for the dental chair couple. This piece of repro furniture was very Dangerous Liasons so I made sure to thoroughly scotchguard it so any dropped profiteroles (or worse) came off nice and easy. The paisley they chose looked properly decadent. I got to try out my double-piping foot, play with a glue-gun, learnt a lot and now affix double piping to anything I can get my hands on. It looks pretty good on furniture. Not so good glued to fingers, plates, floorboards, small boys…

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Birdy Birdy Num Num

Petite nursery chair festooned in birdhouse fabric by troismiettes on spoonflower (http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/5299), finished off with round-headed tacks. To be honest, I’d be happy if I never had to look at another round-headed tack again in my life, so this chair has to go.

Pretty in Pink

I’m going to pipe the outside of this and hand finish it. Now, to wrestle with the box cushion.