There is nothing like the focus and hard work of a good craft day to improve one’s outlook during a damp grey October week. Friday upholstery class is good for the soul, the ladies (and two men) make very good company and an excellent cup of tea. After two years, a broken shoulder and many many hours, my chair is almost ready for it’s finishing layer. I have placed an order for a beautiful tweed fabric from the Isle of Bute and next week my chair will begin it’s final transformation. I feel proud of my work and excited by my progress.
Ahh the joys of traditional skills…
I have blisters and the muscles in my hands feel the work they have done today. I have pushed, pulled, coaxed and stitched two rolls into the arms of my little armchair. It is surprisingly tough work but it is very satisfying spending the day slowing down to traditional craft pace, learning new skills and proudly bringing the chair back to form.
Excellent progress on my upholstery project, new webbing and hessian stitched ready for stuffing. Every stage leads methodically to the next. A beautiful and satisfying process which provides a perfect balance between physical labour and attention to detail.
Twenty two years ago, on the other side of the world, I bought a small, but lovely, arm chair with the intention of re-upholstering it. This week the project has begun, I have been peeling back the layers with great pleasure.