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I am an upholsterer and soft furnisher based in east London providing a range of upholstery services, creating bespoke upholstery, re-upholstery and soft furnishings and original textile print designs, using traditional or modern techniques and materials suited to furniture for your home or business. My work is done with the utmost care and attention to detail. Whether it’s a complete refurbishment of your favourite armchair, completely refurbishing your dining chairs or sofa’s seat & back cushions – I can help!
If you are looking for someone who will take time to understand what you want from your furniture then look no further. I pride myself on my ability to listen carefully, so that we can create something together which truly reflects who you are as well as being practical enough to last many years without losing its appeal. As part of this process, if there is anything about your existing piece that might be worth keeping then I will always try to find ways in which these elements may be incorporated into our design together along with any new ideas that we come up with during our conversations. This way we ensure continuity between old and new while still bringing something fresh into the mix! You won’t find another service like mine anywhere else in London so get in touch today!
#TBT to this time last week, when dear Vicky of @the_upholstery_cabin treated us both to a masterclass with in my humble opinion, Legends & Total Baddass Rockstar Upholsterers and tutors @garethrees75 & @greg_cottageupholstery - It was an absolute honour and privilege to finally get to see their superb training facility @schoolofupholsteredfurniture out Near Henley.
@schoolofupholsteredfurniture You can not only complete @the_amusf Diploma courses (They are an approved AMUSF training centre)but also Advanced Diploma Courses, as well as day “Masterclasses” Like what we’ve just experienced, where you can bring your piece and get some proper in depth tuition and training from Gareth & Greg. Honestly folks, If you live nearby or even if you’re prepared to travel like us I CANNOT recommend training with these fine gentleman highly enough!! For me, re-learning and taking a more nuanced approach to traditional upholstery came in perfect timing on a pair of French #Bergere #Chairs you may of seen me working on. My heartfelt thanks go out to Vicky , and Gareth and Greg for their expertise,support and time last weekend. Even though a tyre blowout the night before threatened to scupper our visit we made it and My thanks also go out to @_gussie_dawta_ for letting me borrow Mum’s old Wheels to help get my work over and back.
This past weekend has been amazing: reaching new traditional upholstery insights and re-learning stitching and stuffing techniques, Heartfelt thanks to @the_upholstery_cabin booking us a session with the legend that is @garethrees75 @schoolofupholsteredfurniture. More on that in my next post. Meanwhile, on my return to my studio I’ve also managed to finish recovering this pair of #Scandart #midcenturymodern chairs for clients of @manjupple. In a smart fabric from @romo_fabrics Thanks Manjeet for the business support and to @rae_upholstery for her assistance while I squeezed these out between the Bergeres.
My thanks for your attention and support. Have a great rest of the week! Rxx
I’m still a newbie creating reels..It’s so time-consuming when you got so much actual work to complete on the bench and, like with this pair of French Bergere chairs, it can’t be rushed. Traditional Upholstery always takes longer to produce , hence the l pricey labour and materials costs- However When you really look at the costs over time it’s actually cheaper because the furniture is crafted to last longer as well as be more sustainable/ Kinder to the environment ,as the natural materials breakdown much better ecologically into Mother Earth. However so far so good. I often wish I could go quicker… but that comes with more practice and patience. Slow progress is better than no progress..
“Traditional for the soul..Modern for the goal”.. Despite having to painstakingly remove all the decorative nailing this is possibly going to be one of my favourite projects of this year and for a lovely customer who I’ve worked with before. This one of a pair of chairs were originally upholstered by my customers’ Grandmother and I feel honoured to be only the second upholsterer to work on them. My thanks to @rae_upholstery for assisting with the Rip down. Time pressed so I best stay focused and keep it moving..
“Just a simple recover..”they said. “Ch’yeahhhright!” I thought. Nevertheless, trying to stick to my customers budget was still tricky: changing the seats suspension system from whateverthehellthatwas (I think it was stretched Bicycle tyres)to support the new plush aniline leather from @crestleather called #oldenglish , colour #Bruciato , upgrading the fillings to support the new hides and trimming off with “French Natural” decorative nailing.
Using offcuts from the hide to repair and restore an Ottoman Pouffe , retaining the original top panels and top-stitching in compatible offcuts from my own stock had me stitching into the late night again. Hopefully my customer will appreciate the finish upon delivery later today. My thanks to @rae_upholstery for all her assistance. Whatever you’re up to have a great Thursday!Rxx
Afternoon Peeps! Hope you’re all good. Pleased as punch to finally finish and deliver this modern piece for a client of @fionadukeinteriors. refurbished and recovered in @kvadratrafsimons #Sonar3 - which seems to be super popular fabric at the moment amongst both my domestic and commercial customers.
As ever, my heartfelt thanks to assistants @rae_upholstery and Anna F (who assisted with the Rip down.
Right.. After afew late nights and having collected a couple more lovely commissions yesterday I’m sorta resting up/recharging this weekend. Whatever you are up to I hope you have a banger of a weekend! Rxxx
Did you forget the clocks went back this morning at 2am? I did. Time seems to be flying for me at the moment. Still, it took a while to finally finish and deliver this L-shaped modern sofa to my customer in Canary Wharf On Friday just gone. Not going to lie I`ve been a little tired getting this ready. First I mixed up repositioning the arms (turning it into a right hand instead of a left hand sofa) then there was not “ railroading” the inside back of the chaise part, which I was able to rectify with some good advice from Louise @shoreditchdesignrooms .My heartfelt thanks to @rae_upholstery for assisting me throughout the process…Anyways, It’s complete and in situ, With additional thanks to my old friend @jjdubit for helping me carry it in and set up. It looks fine and smart in this tough, durable and stain-repellant fabric @wemyssfabrics #Fiora which feels lovely to the touch.
Just afew more chairs to complete before I WILL take a short break to rest and recharge. My GP’s got me on some high strength iron tablets so hopefully that’ll help.
Just today and tomorrow to respond to this draft regulations. Sorry for the last-minute-Larry approach. I’m super busy finishing jobs on the bench . I’ll include the link I wish you to sign in my bio. PLEASE SIGN!!.. Your input could help save thousands of big and small businesses who may be affected by the proposed Fire Regulations Copy and paste the following link if you’re struggling to find it:
Tbt: My thanks to @beccarobinsupholstery for coming up this past weekend . It was a pleasure watching and hopefully assisting her progress on a piece she started on our @sit_on_this_workshops afew months back(Blimey- Where does the time go!!!) If you are interested in some weekend 1-2-1 workshops helping you realise your own statement piece of furniture, Hit me up in my DM’s and book a place. Spaces are limited to 2-3 students only.
Excited to approve and hopefully receive soon my logo design for this Bamboo business card from @v1ceconnections .
No more “Have you got a business card?”.These cards are designed to wave on a persons mobile phone , using NFC (Near Field Communication) tech to instantly download all your relevant social media, website and other media to your friends, family, potential clients, customers and fans of my work. I’ll let you know how this goes. Have a great Sunday Xx
Hoping you are all having a great Friday afternoon. Not gonna lie, It’s been a emotional rollercoaster for me this week. I thank all those who’ve been a shoulder of support. I’m also super pleased to create this composite foam pad , covered in @camirafabrics #CragganFlax to accompany the Colani Daybed I reupholstered in August for @susannedietz.studio. Customer just wanted a “Solid” block, as opposed to the cut-out semicircular dip and filling typically seen on this make and model.
I’ll be looking forward this weekend to working with @beccarobinsupholstery , helping her Finish a piece she started on our @sit_on_this_workshops course afew months back.
Whatever you’re up to I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!Xx
Thank you Rachel @yodomo.co for coming by cheering me up this afternoon. I’m looking forward to Yodomo taking some beautiful offcuts of fabric and leather, keeping it all circulating in the economy as well as looking forward to seeing possible new end-uses, plus the extra space that this will generate in my studio will help me no end! Check out @yodomo.co and all the amazing things they are doing to prevent fabric waste.
Thank you @raetextile for the photo and for all your help and support today!
Thank you @delythfd for all your hard work this past year in this area. There’s just approximately 3 weeks to respond to the @ukgovofficial Consultation on the fire Regs. If we don’t get involved now it’ll be unlikely that this Government will be in any position to change their approach for the benefits of all! Spread this message for and wide. Thank you. Carry on. Rxx
My thanks to @raetextile for all her assistance while I refurbished and recovered SIX of these #Sigmund benches for my client in #Canary Wharf. Now covered in (customer supplied) Beautiful @kvadrattextiles #Sonar3 and Divina3 fabrics. Loads of Cutting & Stitching. Fiddly fitting the pads to their frames too! Customers happy, I’m happy. Back to the workbench. Have a great day all! xx
#TBT: My heartfelt thanks to all the lovely people at @chase_erwin_textiles for inviting me over and to all the lovely people who attended on Tuesday this week to host an Upholstery Master class during #Focus23 at the Chelsea Design Centre. Guests were treated to Canapés and prosecco while I enjoyed discussing aspects of the craft and recommending @the_amusf training centres and upholsterers (Goto www.amusf.org for your nearest)to newly established interior designers looking for quality craftspeople to execute their clients vision
Afternoon peeps. Hoping you’ve all had a great weekend. Just delivered the final cushions and put together this sofa, covered in #SacredSinner, designed by the amazing @thepurplefinch, digitally printed onto plush Velvet FR (with thanks to @lemonheadprints for the speedy turnaround) for a great local customer. My thanks to @raetextile for her assistance and to @heritagecomponents for finding me suitable “Petite” hardwood bun feet, from which I applied a custom wood stain, sealant and beeswax polish to.
Yes It did take alittle longer than planned(I’ve had a lot on) However, my customer is super pleased with it so Jobs a good ‘un.
Anyways… back to the studio.. Enjoy the rest of your day you lovely people! Rxxx
How can something so simple-looking be so tricky to do?? creating brand new but shaped seat and backrest pads for this pair of chairs isn’t just a simple case of slapping some foam n’ fabric on wood, no sir!
Gluing layers of 6mm plywood into the shape dictated by the suspension and back rails takes time, patience and a shed load of clamping, then you’ve got to cut it to shape to allow for the thicknesses of fillings and fabric. Then there’s using the right bolts & T-nuts and the right combination of composite foams, wrapping in polyester skin wadding, stockinette and Calico before cutting,shaping and fitting this gorgeous Boucle, made from recycled materials from @romo_fabrics .
Hopefully the client will appreciate the work when they’re used in their outdoor rooftop private seating area.
Thank you @gillianglovermusic and Matt @officialthe_the for all their patience and Custom, Thanks to @jane.latchford.272 for hooking me up with a great local wood merchant and to @raetextile for all her assistance yesterday. Thirsty work today. Hope you’re still good. Onwards..xx
Just thought i’d share something other than my work with you all this morning. Whatever you journey you’re making this morning- Remember.. It’s not just about the destination, enjoy your journey! Much love and peace to you all!xxx ...
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