Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Before & After Custom order

This weeks before and after...a commission piece, a customer brought me their mother's bedroom chair and needed it revamping to suit their own taste. Shiny stripes in green and brown do the trick - I hope they like it!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hairy Chairy!

Chair stages so far...Webbing, springs, lash springs, stuff top rail, add coir fibre stuffing, Hessian over coir and regulate into shape. Starting to look like a chair again! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The next Big Chair challenge

Now I've done a few smaller pieces and practised different techniques I'm going to attempt to do this quite large armchair. Probably biting off more than I can chew in attempting to get it done before Christmas.

 We stripped it down in one afternoon, and found all sorts of things hiding down the back; matches, sweet wrappers, sequins, pens, money, cat hair, peanuts....I have had to stress to Stu that this chair is not for muddy work clothes (him), crisp and nut munching (both of us) or red wine drinking (me). 

 OOooh its exciting, I cant wait to have it finished and be in front of the fire in it. (maybe I could have my red wine in a camelbak?)  Fabric choices are yet to be made but it probably will be something by Moon with piping in a tweed. Now if I can just finish the hundred other jobs I have on....

Willow Pattern Nursing Chair

From bleak to chic in 2 weeks. The mustard velvet has a certain charm but its not a patch on the beautiful willow pattern woven cotton and blue satin piping. Getting a nice round shape at the front was a bit testing, but it has all been done traditionally and the shape benefits from it.  I would love to keep it but alas have no room so it will be going on my shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/UpholsterybyLaura.
The great thing about this chair is that it could go anywhere, it would be lovely in a nursery or bedroom but equally at home in a bathroom or lounge.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Crikey! Its been a busy month already! AMUSF Upholstery course, Helfa Gelf Open Artists Studios, Radio interview, miles of bunting to make, and a wedding. Well here are the highlights:
Radio interview on the BBC iplayer, skip to 18 minutes in to hear my feature:

And my first exposure in someone else's blog:

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Spring has Sprung

Third piece finished: a traditionally upholstered sprung dining chair, complete with retro yellow floral fabric, all the different layers and processes to get to this final look are documented at www.facebook.com/laurasattic
I am really pleased with my fabric choice, the colour brightens the chair and the pattern matches the lovely little floral shapes carved on the back. I'm so glad this chair was saved from being thrown away, and it just goes to show that everything has life left in it - Now she just needs a good home!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Serious Stripping

Victorian Balloon Back chair with traditionally upholstered stitched and stuffed seat.
The next piece on my course was a bit more challenging, a stitched and stuffed seat. Because the seat is part of the chair (unlike the drop-in seat which was separate) I had to treat the wood first. See the step-by step pictures in my album on facebook. The wood underneath the old thick Marmite-like layer of varnish was beautiful and came up a treat when stripped and re-polished with several layers of shellac and wax. 
 I used a cream and silver woven fabric for the top cover, which is tres glam! I just need to find an equally glam trim to cover the tacks now.

Turn On, Tune In and Drop In Seat

Drop - In Seat Dining chair, Traditionally upholstered
The first piece completed on my course was a Drop-In seat, traditionally upholstered using animal hair. See the full step by step pictures in my Photo album on my facebook page. I plan to strip the wood and re-polish with a dark shellac, to match the black in the fabric, giving the chair quite an oriental feel. The chair is one of 4, so I've got quite a lot of work still to do! But its definitely worth it, the finished seats look lovely and will last for a lifetime.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Escaping the Attic

After long deliberation and a LOT of  research, I have made the executive decision to become a properly qualified Upholsterer! Yeah! Taking the AMUSF (Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers) diploma course at the Traditional Upholstery Workshop in Carmarthenshire.
Its a course in 2 parts, each lasting 7 weeks. The first installment to start on Monday 18th July (Which is also my birthday- so it has to be a good start!)

Having never been to this part of the country before, I'm looking forward to spending some time there and discovering a bit more of Wales. 

I am going to document my progress and keep a photo diary, blogging about my progress through the course and the projects I'll be working on. 
Fingers crossed my accommodation has internet -  South Wales here I come!
 To Be Continued...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New logo?

Trying out logo designs this afternoon...never realised picking a logo was going to be so stressful! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

 I've started to see the first buds of blossom coming out and I cant wait till the trees are full of it like these photos I took last Springtime in Mold, just up the road from the studio. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mountain Canvas

Mountain Canvas available to order on Etsy shop! 
I LOVE making these scenes, I hope I get to make some more for people this summer. I might try a few different ones, lakes, seaside, forest, sunshine....

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Etsy shop is go!
Finally finished the commission I've been working on. A removable fitted sofa cover in black and natural ticking fabric with piped arms, front pleat and buttoned cushions. Probably the biggest job I've done so far, so I'm quite pleased with how neat it looks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Milestone Buttress

Got out, got wet and cold, but got some great photos and know they are going to be great inspiration to me when they go up on my board today. With a dusting of snow overnight the hills looked amazing.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Getting out

Heading over to Ogwen again this weekend to practise my lead climbing. Its so good to get out. I can see the sunny skies over the hills from my studio window and its taunting me whilst I'm inside sewing away. I hope there's going to be room in the car for some furniture, I might do a little photo-shoot while I'm there. Fingers crossed for the weather. But lets face it, its going to be either cold or wet, probably both. Oh well, there's always Pete's for a warming plate of heart-attack breakfast.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Folksy :: Laura's Attic

NEW items added to the shop....ooooh how exciting! 
Just had an email from http://www.fabricrehab.co.uk  Now I really want to make a little stool in this fun jungle print....might just have to place an order next week. This would be great for all the spring/ summer fairs I have coming up.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011