So far, I'm really enjoying the new job. I've already done a handful of pieces, and I wanted to share with you the one I finished working on today.
Today's project was a wing chair (or wing-back chair). It had been sitting in the shop for a few weeks, partially disassembled (stripped and ready to work on), and we finished it today. My boss had stripped and refinished the legs on the chair just yesterday (they were scratched-up pretty badly).
This morning, the first piece to be installed was the bottom (the part under the seat cushion, as opposed to the underside of the chair), and front roll. My boss had to leave, so I was put on another job, and we continued after he got back (which is when I got this "during" photo).
We added a new layer of thin padding over the wings, but the rest of the chair (foam/stuffing) was in pretty good shape. Note that in the photo above, the large section of padding for the backrest is not attached to the chair.
My boss did all the sewing, and helped me position, tension, and adjust the pieces, but I mainly did most of the chair myself. He did the right wing and arm, the two front padded covers, and the cushion, and I did the rest (left wing, left arm, inside backrest, both exterior side panels, the back cover, the trim piping, and the underside).
One thing to note is that a lot of these chairs usually have the backs done differently. On this one originally (and on several others) upholsterers usually will just stretch over some additional fabric around the wings, and then just do a plain rectangular panel over the back. That doesn't look as nice when the back is shaped, so he prefers to install the back following the contours of the chair instead (which takes a bit more time, but looks a lot nicer).
Pretty nice, huh?
There's actually quite a lot of work and very careful folding, pleating, cutting, tucking, pulling, and tacking that goes into a chair like this. It's not quite as easy as it looks to get all the pieces of fabric to lay just nice (without lumps, bumps, or creases).
We haven't gotten back to the other two green chairs I had posted about earlier, because we're waiting for the fabric for them. Last week I did this rattan chair and ottoman. Again, he did all the sewing (just the ottoman cover), but I pretty much did these two by myself. These were a bit tricky because of the shape of the chair. Part of it also had to be reglued/fixed before we upholstered it.
Now, I'm curious to know: is there a big interest in seeing some of the upholstered pieces I do at work? I mainly wanted to keep this blog focused on the house renovation, and historic renovations, old houses, etc. I thought that maybe what I could do would be just to do one or two posts a month with "highlights" on some of the more historic/traditional, or just plain NICE pieces that we work on. Do you think that would work out?
Let me know what you guys (and gals) think.