Not quite a year ago I started evening classes in upholstery. I imagined it would become one of those things where, after a term of classes I could spend a few hours at the weekend working on my latest project in the conservatory, no teacher needed, producing beautiful things. It turns out I didn’t think things through:
- Other than being able to crochet, I’m not very crafty
- I don’t remember instructions
- My house is not big enough to hold any more things – beautiful or not
- I am cack handed when it comes to hammers and tacks. Give me a foot long needle (spot it in the video at the end) and you’re inviting disater
- I have a Norman cat that likes to involve himself in everything
It also turns out it takes AGES to upholster anything. Possibly because I am not very good at it.
Despite this, my parents were given a rather knackered looking foot stall and thought I could ‘do it up as a little side project’. It took me and Dad a few hours just to strip it back, but I was determined that in my week off I would get it done.
I started it at an all day class, alongside a chair (which I still haven’t finished and don’t have room in Pog Towers for when I do). I got it to this stage:
But realised I still needed help with the stitching, so I went back for an hour to see the most patient teacher in the world to start me off. I took photos, I wrote post it notes, I made a video, then I was on my own… (or as on my own as is possible with a Norman).
And very proud I am too, that I managed this:
Sewing in holes (with help)…
… to stuff with coconut matting…
… adding a sheep….
…adding top fabric… (and bottom fabric, but you can’t see that), stitching in the edges (with supervision)
…adding braid and taking it to its new home:
It’s a long way from perfect, but there was quite an element of chaos in all of this. I swear I didn’t stage this photograph:
The whole thing is more messy than I thought it would be:
And this, it turns out, is what happens when you try to sew big holes into hessian when a Norman cat is around:
But we got there. I think in total it took around 15 hours, two blisters, about 10 cuts, a small amount of blood and a lot of swearing. Unfortunately for my teacher, I have a very, very long way to go before I am capable of doing anything more complicated on my own :o)