I have been in an upholstery mood lately and I’ve learned I need to take advantage of that sort of mood and get some upholstery done. Kriste worked on stripping a couple of chairs we had hanging in the stash and I started upholstering this beauty. One of my regular shoppers at Lucketts sent me pictures of it, asking if I would be interested. Well, of course! So, we negotiated a trade. Jeff’s face was a riot when he saw someone bringing a piece of furniture to our booth instead of away from it. Especially a chair with grass hanging out of it. But he didn’t see what I saw. I saw the gorgeous patina on the wood frame and the old straw and horse hair stuffing. I knew I could bring this old girl back to life and she would be worth it.
I’ve also been really into checks lately. I’ve added a blue & white buffalo check to the family room and red & white buffalo check to the guest room. I cut a piece of smaller-scale checked fabric off of a huge bolt I had and used it as a tablecloth in the dining room.
When I shared it, several people commented that it looked “too country” and I know what they mean. Checks were everywhere in the 1980’s-90’s country along with the geese, bears, stencils, baskets, dried flowers, blue and mauve. So, I get it if some people shudder at the thought of checks. To me, though, this check looks very European. I see checks like this a lot in Swedish decor and I remember checks being used a lot when I lived in Germany. My dollhouse bed had a red & white checked duvet, in fact.
I spread some of the checked fabric over the chair frame and immediately got excited about it. I knew I would have to work carefully to keep the checks straight and I knew it was a lot more bold then my usual grain sacks with simple blue stripes and monograms, but my gut told me to go with it.
And I absolutely love it. I think this fabric on an oversized rolled-arm chair might look 1980’s country, but on this hand-carved antique French-style chair frame it doesn’t at all.
I even took the time to make double-welting trim. On the bias. I’m getting fancy! I hate cutting fabric on the bias (diagonal), because it feels like such a waste, but with a check, you really need to or the pattern looks strange. Also, it really does lay better and the seams are flatter. I have loads of this fabric, so I wasn’t as concerned about giving up a couple of yards to make the double-welting properly.
I will be making tutorials on reinforcing a back like this one (when it’s just an open frame) and on making the double-welting as well.
And don’t even ask if this chair is for sale.
It’s very happy right where it is.