A Tale of Two Seaties

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(with my apologies to Dickens…) “Nothing that we reupholster, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph.” ― Julie James, Bespoke Upholstery with inspiration from Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities Our story begins during a solo bike ride on the south east side of Toronto when a historian and […]

Reupholstery as History and… Archaeology

An upholstery shop is not the Valley of the Kings, but I still feel like Indiana Jones when I uncover the history of a chair. Stripping a chair before reupholstering it is like excavating a site: removing layers of fabric, padding, staples, decomposing burlap, and sagging webbing.   As the stripping process is carried out, I assess the […]

New Project: Bud’s Wing Chair

The inspiration board above, though striking, needed revision. Bud sent me some links to images to help zero in on the fabric and look for my reupholstery of his Chippendale style wing chair. I’ve put those pics in the new collage below: I tried to find all the fabrics that my two fabric suppliers carry […]

New Project: Ros & Joe’s Parsons Chairs

This was my first real, solo, upholstery commission.  I am greatly indebted to our dear neighbours Ros and Joe for trusting me with their furnishings 🙂 Fortunately, their Parsons chairs turned out really well (if I do say so myself).  I must admit I also got some advice from Juanita, a master upholsterer who happens to live […]