patience pays off

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, upholstery

Usually, when I am dragging my feet on a project, it’s because 1.) I’m not 100% sure of the direction I want to go, 2.) I know what I’d like to do, but the execution of it is going to be tedious, and/or 3.) I question whether I can pull off what I envision.

There are times when I bulldoze through, anyway, just for the sake of being done.  Historically, that doesn’t work out well for me or the project.

So, I’ve learned that these roadblocks are generally a good thing and I just need to be patient until I can move forward confidently.

That’s exactly why this chair has taken me months!  Well, I was busy with other things also, but I really could’ve had this chair done a long time ago.  I just kept getting stuck and I really wanted this chair to turn out well, so I kept stopping and waiting until I was confident moving forward.

When I last showed the chair, I was planning to use an antique blue checked duvet for the back and trim on the cushion.  I envisioned a petite ruffled trim instead of more traditional piping, but every time I went to work on the piece, it just didn’t feel right.


On my most recent shopping trip, I found a beautiful German, antique linen pillowcase.  I washed it and planned to use it as a pillowcase (it says “sweet dreams” in German, patterned in a strip of crochet).  When I brought it to the studio, I set it on the chair, not really thinking anything of it, but then I looked at the size of the pillowcase and the size of the cushion.

Hmmmm…  I wonder…

Well, it didn’t hurt to try it on and see how it worked!  I decided to put the crochet detail down and let the buttons be the feature on the front of the cushion….


It fits perfectly and seems to suit the lack of structure a down cushion provides.  The pillowcase was $15 and it saved me hours of sewing.

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With the cushion now “done”, I decided to use white hemp sheet with a fine weave for the chair back, so it worked with the texture of the linen sheet.  I loved the blue check, but I felt like it might limit what rooms I could use the chair in and this is the kind of chair that could get moved around a lot.


And now I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to finish this off is with a proper custom-made double-welting.  Yes, it’s a pain and a lot of sewing, but it’s the right choice for this chair, so I pulled out the big-honking roll of cotton piping and I’ll work on it tomorrow.


I do have a new double-welting foot for my Sailrite, so that will really help with the sewing process.  I’ll take some pictures and share how I do it.

In addition to upholstering the back of this chair today, I worked on the art cabinet and it’s looking so much better than it did as I left it before my trip.  And, while that paint was drying, I worked on a new landscape dresser I’m working on for a client.  So, I have lots of fun things to work on and some reveals right around the corner…


PS – A very happy birthday to Frederick Banting, the man who first used insulin on humans.  My type 1 diabetic son is alive today because of him and others who continue that work to discover better treatments for insulin-dependent diabetics and hopefully, one day, a cure.


patience pays off

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