What I've learned through making

There was a time when I sat at a desk all week. There was a time long before that when I moved animatedly all day trying to communicate with teenagers. And in both those situations, I wish I had known then what I have learned through making. 

1. There is always a solution

Decisions, projects, text, lessons, chairs; there will be problems. Things will not go exactly as you would like first time round. But there is always a solution. Even if, in the most drastic of situations, that means starting again. But it rarely does.

2. There is always more to learn

I used to think I had to know everything (I'm looking at you, Bucks schooling). My AMUSF training was intense and frustrating at times, but I loved it. Yet I know that there is still so much more to learn and I'm looking forward to it.

3. My brain and body are connected

Up until retraining, I have been paid for my brain and my ability to talk and type. Through upholstery I love connecting brain to hand to turn ideas into tangible objects. 

I'm sure there's more, but that'll do for now. I've also learnt that spitting tacks is harder than it looks, I will never have nice hands again and you always need more space than you have, but I'm not sure that they're so applicable in everyday life!

May your weekend be full of making :)

'That Friday feeling' fabric

What a lovely surprise delivery of gorgeous printed fabrics that landed on the doormat today!

Evelle is a start-up lifestyle brand based locally and if these kaleidoscopic, vibrant prints were a day of the week, they'd definitely be a Friday.

 'Alpha' velvet fabric via  Evelle

'Alpha' velvet fabric via Evelle

I'm particularly memorised by the 'Alpha' velvet above and can't wait to find the perfect chair to upholster in it. I think it would look great as a statement headboard too.

Evelle samples

They also have a range of cotton/ linens which I'm eyeing up for blinds in my new house.

Get in touch if you're interested and I'd be happy to share more of their lovely work.

It's what's inside that counts...

Now I love a sumptuous velvet or a vibrant printed cotton or an intricately woven jacquard or a supple wool. A gorgeous fabric can instantly and easily transform how a piece of furniture looks, how you feel about it and how it works within a space. But with upholstered furniture, as with people, whilst a taut top cover can be very eye-catching, it is what is inside that counts.

What is underneath the top fabric dictates the shape and durability of your furniture. For example, traditional upholstery - using coil springs and stitched edges - should last for a lifetime. A skilled upholsterer will use the materials and techniques most appropriate for each specific piece of furniture. Although this craftsmanship remains largely unseen, it lasts a lot longer than nearly all top fabrics.

After all, time nearly always reveals what we're made of. 

Let me find that perfect fabric

Grist & Twine fabric sample

I'm very pleased to be able to send off a sample that exactly meets my client's original brief today, as the right shade of orange crushed velvet proved a little harder to find than usual!

If you have an idea in mind, let me help you source what you're looking for. And if you're stuck for ideas, I have some great suggestions for UK-made and unique fabric designers as well as more established brands. 

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