May 2010 Blog Posts (2)

Buttoning Technique.

There is a chesterfield in the workshop which has been striped and is in the process of being re-built and recovered. It has been good to watch as the back was being re-built and the buttoning put in. With the stuffing in place on the back, prior to calico, it took on the shape of a large formal hedge, To see the transformation as the buttoning goes in and the sofa is rebuilt bit by bit. Buttoning is really hard on the hands, but I do admire the technique, To manipulate the surface of a…


Added by Sara Carter on May 18, 2010 at 23:14 — No Comments

What upholstery means to me.

Khalil Gibran, the great sufi poet wrote 'work is love made visible'.

For me that statement holds such resonance when I think of upholstery. It really is hard work. I look at the buttoning on a finished piece and know how I struggled to get each and every one of those buttons in securely, with the pleats to the correct angles (in my eyes), to form the diamond shapes. How I almost cried on my fourth attempt to build the arms in proportion to the chair frame. I also remember how I…


Added by Sara Carter on May 16, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

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