Mid Century Rocker Revival

My lovely son and his girlfriend Kirsty live in a beautiful flat in the Dean Village area of Edinburgh.

Kirsty picked up a 1950’s rocking chair for free on Gumtree after watching Kirsty Alsopp’s ‘Fill Your Home for Free’.Chair After!

In the Workshop – Finished!

 

 

 

Looking very sad and neglected the chair spent a few nights in our kitchen where all the battered finish was removed from the wood before it was stained a dark mahogany shade.

Before!
Before!

Even though the cushions were burst and worn it is a really comfy chair and has a  relaxing little ‘bounce’ because there are springs underneath as well as in the back.

This was to be an upholstery experiment for me, however I well chickened out and decided to take it to the upholstery classes I’ve been going to on Saturdays (see previous post -Captain’s Chair). I’ve learned so much at Colin’s class – and you get to use real tools! http://colinjohnsonfurnishings.co.uk/  

Firstly the chair was stripped right back to the frame.   The flock wadding was to be reused in the new upholstery.

Back to the bare bones!
Back to the bare bones!

The next step was to introduce some  bounce into the seat base with stretch webbing (or big elastic as a sewer would see it).

New Webbing and the Original Wadding
New Webbing and the Original Wadding

 

Some Extra Ooomph!
Some Extra Ooomph!

Once the original wadding was stitched into place some additional wadding was added for comfort and lower back support.

The fabulous yellow velvet upholstery fabric came from Cotton & Chintz in Edinburgh, chosen by Chris and Kirsty, and I decided to use this for the back, with the addition of covered buttons in the contrasting grey velvet.

Contrast buttons!

Contrast buttons!

For more contrast, I added grey piping to the reverse side of the back before closing with the yellow velvet.  I was given a free rein as to where and how the fabric was used.

 

Grey Piping
Grey Piping

Finally the cushion.   This was hard work and the piping was stitched on the Singer 66 Treadle machine in the upholstery workshop.   This old machine can really handle anything.   I have a hand crank model 66 (see previous post) which I used to complete the piping at home.

With a bit of brute force the new cushion interior was inserted into the cover and zipped closed.   Won’t be taking that apart again in the hurry!

Drum Roll!!!!!
Drum Roll!!!!!

I really enjoyed this project.    Hard graft with the hammer and nails and a great experience at the class with Pauline and Menina, two lovely ladies, also trying upholstery for the first time.

My next upholstery project is a pair of matching antique carver chairs I first recovered in Laura Ashley stripe fabric a very long time ago (and hope to do better this time around).

Holiday Fun

I have been so looking forward to a week off work – and so far it has been really lovely.   As usual I had my list of household tasks which had been put off for too long (cleaning cupboards etc.) and I really wanted to make a start on a dress I have been thinking about for ages using a Vogue Balmain 60’s pattern and some lovely vibrant blue fabric.    So what have I actually achieved so far?    This little guy!

Harris - My Pin Dog
Harris – My Pin Dog

Inspired by Heather Jack (Great British Sewing Bee Winner 2014) who was supported through every project by her faithful Pin Dog, I decided to attempt my own ‘Scotty’ version using some of the many offcuts and scraps of Harris Tweed I have accumulated over the years.

My Very Own Pin Dog
My Very Own Pin Dog

The pattern was a freebie from the internet x 200% and the body was constructed of Harris Tweed scraps in patchwork.   The lovely velvet ribbon bow was saved from a Links of London Christmas gift, received from my husband some years ago and it was so pretty I couldn’t bear to throw it out.

Harris now has pride of place on my sewing trolley!

Harris Making Sure I Keep my Sewing Tidy
Harris Making Sure I Keep my Sewing Tidy

Thank you Heather – for your inspiration.   You are such a worthy winner and you were so disbelieving that you had actually won!!!.