Wednesday, April 22, 2009

And the rebuilding began.

I arrived at my last upholstery class with the skeleton of the chair I had guttered the week before.

As it was the last class I was going to attend for a while, David, our teacher, told me I should start with the back of the chair because it had no springs, therefore was less complicated and I could do it in less time.

So I started. From the empty frame, I had to install jute webbing. 5 nails on the end of each strand, then fold the ends over and put 5 nails more. I was getting pretty handy with the best tool ever invented: the magnitised tack hammer.

Once the webbing was done, I covered the frame up with heshin. Tacks all around, while folding around the arms, and doing a nice little border and tacking it all around again. While stretching it straight at the same time of course...

Then using a bag needle and nylon sting I had to learn how to make specific slip knots and go around the heshin to make up loops that would hold in the flock. I had to make a specific pattern...I took notes with lots of arrows...

Then I packed the flock under the loops and over the loops until I had a thick and soft layer without any lumps or holes. (This takes much longer than you think)

And then I cut a piece of callico and started nailing it in with temporary tacks all around, compressing the flock in and making it nice and round on all sides. After the first go, I had to do pleats so the fabric would go nicely around the arms and back and I pulled all the tacks one side at a time and pulled the callico tigher. All sides, about three times so that it is at tight as it can get.

So that's where I am at. I didn't take a picture of it finished though... That took about 2 and a half hours, and my teacher told me he was impressed with my speedy work. So it gives you an idea of how much work goes into a chair.

And I am not finished yet! The fabric will have to go over the callico, I will have to put a trim around the back, and that's only half the chair done! The big challenge will be the springs on the seat of the chair...

To be continued!


Blogger Lorraine said...

It will be beautiful. So when do you stain the arms?
Good job.XXX

12:29 PM  
Blogger pappidou said...

Hidden talents here.
It will be beautiful indeed.


12:33 AM  
Blogger johanne said...

le talent de ta maman pour la couture qui se transmet aux filles...toi et ta soeur...bravo pour la chaise...j'en ai une belle a refaire a la maison...

4:39 PM  

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