Here is an example of fine traditional upholstery which has actually been done by one of the students on our diploma course. The tie stitching on the back is in preparation for deep buttoning. It is beautifully executed with an even top stitched edge all the way round. Note the tidy tack work too.
Look at this lovely lampshade – so elegant in a most modest and restrained kind of way. I found it amongst a pile of lampshades discarded in favour of – nouveau retro - varieties. It would be a such a pity for it to be crushed… So here it is denuded and ready for a second life.
But what fabric would befit this 1920s image of chinoiserie? We wandered deep into the alleys of that fantastic Bazaar ebay for this antique silk.
A sedge of dancing cranes the bird of happiness and love, symbol of loyalty, longevity, and good fortune. Apparently a string of a thousand origami cranes is a potent charm bringing a thousand years of happiness to a marriage and plenty of good luck for the home. We could all do with some of that! I haven’t counted these but there must be an abundance of the good stuff – which makes this lampshade a very special thing to possess.
This lampshade and others can be seen alongside some of our traditional upholstery at Holker Garden Festival, 8th-10th June 2012 see twitter@holkerhall.
We’ll be working with some of these fabrics, refashioning them to become vintage, retro and antique furniture and lampshades to bring to Holker Garden Festival 8th-10th June2012.
Just found this fab blog by Manda who bravely came all the way from the States to learn upholstery with us and was awarded a Distinction by AMUSF in the Spring. She’s included some great step by step reupholstery photos.
Manda I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with some of the other upholstery fans.
We’ve been running Traditional Upholstery Courses at Kendal Upholstery for many years now but recently people have been admiring our hand sewn lampshades and asking can we show them how to make their own. Last week we ran our first Make Your Own Lampshade Workshop and from September they will be a regular fixture in our calendar. So if you have a corner cast in shadow or your boudoir lacks ambience you can come to us and we’ll teach you how to create unique lampshades perfectly suited to your home.
A film student from Lancaster University made an introductory video about Kendal Upholstery and the courses we run as part of his studies. This is the result!