My first attempt at upholstery - it only took 10 mins!
I'm really chuffed, I recently bought this Edwardian two chair-style sofa, it was quite well upholstered with a white brocade, but I wasn't keen and it didn't really fir in at home. I was a bit bored this morning and suddenly remembered I had a small, wide piece of 19th French century silk & gold brocade and a stapler, so 10 minutes later I have a newly re-upholstered sofa, it looks bloomin' professional even if I do say so myself! Unless you look underneath which looks more like a sows ear... The penultimate photo shows it in its original condition in the Brocante before I bought it.
I sell a lot of antique and vintage fabric to people for upholstery or projects, and it is amazing how simple and quick it is to make a change like this. It's amazing what can be done with a scrap of antique fabric and a stapler!
I am an obsessive textile addict, funding my 'habit' by unwillingly selling some of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles that I come across. As well as private sales, you can find me on ebay under the name vanye90, or see my ebay shop, Morgaine Le Fay Antique Textiles. A web site may be on the cards soon...
I sell mostly French textiles, but also come across English and European pieces from time to time. I enjoy ferreting out all sorts of interesting items, for example, 19th century French cottons & linens, huge chateau curtains, 18th century silks and embroideries, 16th and 17th century lace (occaisionally, when I can bear to part with them), fine linens, haberdashery as well as unused and pre-used antique and vintage fabrics such as florals, tickings, hemp runners, silks etc for projects such as cushions or pillows, framing, drapes, whatever your imagination can think of!
My new blog, Interesting Antique Textiles will discuss some of my more obscure, strange and often quite damaged textile finds with the hope that people may want to join in the discussions, and make some suggestions about the pieces based on their own experiences and textile knowledge!