Before restoration, a fairly solid frame but requiring complete re-upholstering.


The chair has been stripped to a bare frame, the polish revived and here you can see the 1st stages of traditional upholstery.

New webbing attached, springs stitched to the webbing and lashed to the frame to set the basic shape.


Now a layer of hessian is applied, loops of twine stitched into it and coir fibre stuffed using the loops to hold it in place. An  amount of fibre needs to be used  taking into account its shape when compressed in the next stage.


Here another layer of hessian is tacked in place over the fibre, then using various stitching methods, the shape is manipulated and a firm 'stitched roll' edge is formed.



Approximately the same technique is used on the back, but creating a dish shape with a defined rim. This is to be finished un buttoned due to the choice of fabric.

When ever possible old stuffings along with hessian layers etc. are reused, this saves on materials, reduces waste and retains evidence of more original materials and techniques. Unfortunately on this particular chair the old stuffing had deteriorated beyond re use.


closer view of the stitched edge of the back.


Hair applied to the back and seat with a final layer of calico on the seat and to be fitted to the back., the next stage is now a layer of cotton wadding and the top cover.


Finished with a lovely Gainsborough silk fabric.