Well, if you were hoping to see a finished chair, might I say in my defense, that there is a lady on the course who has been working on her chair for over 3 years?
I have learned so much already. Not least a whole new vocabulary which is furniture specific; scrim, gimp, regulator, bridal stitches... Did I ever think I would be able to do anything at home away from the tutor?! Every little thing I do he will check and correct. The tack puller has become my most trusty tool! But I like that. I like that we are being taught as apprentices to a master craftsman. No short cuts, no cutting corners and certainly no staple guns or foam! ("Foam is a four lettered word"). This is traditional upholstery and it takes time! That's not to say I won't still attack a few things with the glue gun .. just don't tell!
So, week one was stripping back and painting. Next came webbing (with a really neat tool to do the tricky stretching bit so you still have a hand free to bang in tacks!),
Then hessian and 'stuffing ties',
Coconut fibre (longer fibres than animal hair so it will keep it's bounce for longer). I love this picture - sort of Tom Jones meets Pink.
A layer of scrim then 'bridal stitches' to hold the seat pad together. Some hessian tacked onto the shield back.
More stuffing ties and a hairy chest....
And the fabric - well, this was a sample I made to see if our tutor thought it would be robust enough - the fabric will not be stretched on this seat type so it should be ok. So now I need to work up the final colours and add some embroidery - might not get that done before half term! I need to make sure I get a big enough piece of backing fabric before I start on the final work, ("Enough is plenty") but I forgot to measure the seat! Arrggh!
Also for everyone who has asked about the pink paint! It is a Dulux mix-up colour - you know when you get to see them use the magic paint machine. I used Water Based Eggshell because I can't bear the smell of oil based paints and I'm too impatient to wait overnight between coats, and then there's the brush cleaning...!
The colour is Party Surprise 1. The mix-up code is 74RR 28/432.
I can also highly recommend Party Surprise 3 which I have used on a lot of items, not least a couple of kitchen chairs! It's a perfect bubble gum colour. Code 75RR 63/207.
Have fun painting the town pink! t.x