Spotted my slipcovers in the current issue of
"Where Women Create".
I'm a secret source!
Shhhhhh. It's a secret.
Single ladies with broad exposed shoulders and lots of curves wanting to strut their stuff. If you got it, and want to flaunt it, I can make a muslin for you. Contact me for a fashion fitting for your furniture.
Some of you inquired about this photo from the previous post, spotted in the "EATALY" pavilion at EXPO MILAN 2015. So I imagine pasta inspired this "ARMCHAIR IN LOW PRESSURE HEAT EXTRUDED MULTICOLOR POLYURETHANE". I am most curious about the two windows that seem to be eyes that personify this spaghetti monster. The title of the work by Gaetano Pesce "SENZAFINE UNICA" translates "ENDLESS ONLY".
Here's an up close view of my Italian "FIND". Spotted first by my Antiques Diva Guide, Susan, at one of her secret sources. This secret source was a harmonious fusion of furniture showroom, workshop, carpenter's shop, and architectural design studio, and specialized in items restored, reinterpreted, and reimagined for the home. We climbed the attic to dig in the archives of wait listed projects to find this Florentine footrest. I fell in love with the gilded bees and green paint that is aged and chipping. Now what to do for a slipcover?
Breaking up is hard to do? Not so for this lovely lime pair of tufted attached back swivel rockers in very nice condition. One would be used in the den filled with darling grandchildren and would require a washable fabric. The other desired a more sophisticated look for the master bedroom, and likely would serve as a modern day butler and lady's maid.
As you will see in the gallery below, the end use of the cover, as well as the weight and hand of the fabric choices, influence the overall design and construction details. The cotton ticking stripe was loosely fitted with ties and the chenille animal print tightly tailored. Of course that leaves us with the chance that someday the lovely lime pair will reunite.
Finally got around to slipcovering this armed parson chair in coordinating Jackie Von Tobel fabric quatrefoil and suzani in kiwi. These parsons chairs were made in Hickory, North Carolina, by Carrington Court Direct and are so sturdy and comfortable. They now live in NoDa, Charlotte's hipster historic arts & entertainment district. "Charlotte's got a lot" and now Charlotte's got custom slipcovers from Pencil Me In. Oh mercy me. My 6th grade English teacher would so redline the previous two sentences. Forgive me Mrs. Babcock!
Kari Senter here, NC State student, Fashion and Textile Design major, lover of chocolate and all things foreign.
Why am I writing this blog post, you may ask?
This summer I’ve had the chance to shadow Linda, owner of Pencil Me In, in her workspace and learn from her and her process.
This post is about the office chair slipcover I made. Considering I had never made a slipcover before, I was expecting anything but a smooth ride, however; thanks to the instructions in “The Complete Photo Guide to Slipcovers, Pillows & Bedding” (by Karen Erickson) and a phone call to Teresa Bennett, owner of Cozy Cottage Slipcovers and the very person who wrote those handy instructions, I was able to pull it off better than even I expected.
Aside from the fact that this was my first ever slipcover, the challenge was to create a piece that fit with ambiance of the workplace. After lots of sketching and prototyping, I was able to make a slipcover from different textures and weights of white fabric, accentuated with contrasting cording and a panel of colorful patterned fabric by Jackie Von Tobel in the back.
Here are some pictures of my take on the office chair slipcover, which features a skirt with a flounce, my own label, and some cording resembling princess seams.
My main goals were to make something that measures up to the high standards in craft and quality that Pencil Me In upholds, along with achieving the aesthetic so characteristic of Pencil Me In. I hope you like it!