I had a run on cushion projects this spring, and here is the one that stands out in my mind. This antique caned seat chair was brought to the shop along with a beautiful striped silk remnant. Since I work mostly with cotton and linen, it was fun to use this soft and silky embroidered material, and since the chair was for a guest bedroom desk, it is not likely to get worn out any time soon. It was requested that the dressing be prissy with gathered corners and bow ties. I loved this idea for this light and elegant piece of furniture. Fussy frills are the flat flange finish in seams and exaggerated corner ties which seem to be incorporated into the skirt.
With typical stretching and sagging and holes in the seat, this beautiful chair was in need of new caning when she came in. I do hope that she made it to the chair doc after having a custom cushion created. Ladies know how important bone structure is to fashion. The only way to restore the seat is to replace the canework. And I know just the chair doc to recommend. Robert "Doc" Banzhaf of Antique Chairs of Boone can repair almost ANY chair! Cane, Rush, Reed, Wicker, Sea Grass, Splints, and probably more. Historic Boone is a great weekend destination, but pick up and delivery services offered in the Raleigh, NC and surrounding areas too.
Because this chair had a little history, I wanted to use a traditional fill for the cushion insert. I prefer to use 100% organic US grown cotton for a firm traditional fill. A cotton fill works well when you want more of a chair pad look , as opposed to the more loftier look of a down insert. The insert cover is made out of all cotton Warm & Natural, and has a zipper so that the loft can be easily adjusted over time. Not only is cotton comfortable, but it is socially responsible. While I handcraft my own inserts for the more traditional furniture pieces, custom orders are accepted from my source for bulk cotton, White Lotus Home Organic Bedding Company. www.whitelotus..net
The cushion insert cover shown was made of warm and natural and has a zipper in the back for filling with cotton.
Embellish your slipcover, embellish your slipcover display. I had so much fun teaching this class at the Slipcover Summit in Hickory, NC that I think I will travel around the world and talk about slipcovers. How is that for embellishing? Now booking for 2013. Cash and checks accepted. Other compensation considered. Call to discuss. I am especially thankful for the students who showed up to support this class. Without you, it would not have been possible to begin my world tour. I learned so much from each and every one of you and I am confident you too will soon be practicing the art of showing off. So here's to showing up and showing off! Let the show begin ....