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What’s best? Traditional or Modern?

When I was studying upholstery, there was a certain snobbery surrounding the use of traditional techniques in upholstery. In my class, anyway, it was considered the superior method for putting together furniture. These days, with a few years under my belt, I mostly tackle chairs using modern upholstery techniques and my trusty pneumatic stapler, but […]

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Book Launch and Fair

I really hope you can come to my Book Launch in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth on 2nd August, 2015 from 11am-4pm. I will be joined by my very talented friends for a craft and vintage fair, selling unique gifts, homewares and vintage items. There will be complimentary  tea and coffee, and if you fancy a tipple, the […]

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Upholstery Tools and Materials I’ve never used

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how I can improve my skill level. Whatever job you start in, as a graduate or straight from School, it’s the same. You start knowing very little and as time goes on you accumulate more knowledge, building on your skill. Well it’s the same with Upholstery. The late […]

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A Few Resolutions for 2015

I always like to set out a few resolutions at the beginning of the year, it’s a good way to feel positive in January after all the excitement of Christmas. 2014 was good to me; book deal, a couple of articles, some lovely workshops and some good upholstery, plus the most amazing weather in Bournemouth […]

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Vintage Fabric Scraps Event

I’m having a vintage fabric scraps evening in my studio on 13th November 2014. I have a surplus of vintage and new fabric scraps that are taking over my studio so I thought, being near christmas and all, it would be the perfect time to put on an event and give them away for FREE! I […]

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French Brocantes and My Finds

The summer holidays seem a distant memory but the excitement of travelling to a plethora of French Brocantes in August still remains. Every summer I make the trip across to Cherbourg from Poole and then onwards to Bordeaux to stay in my Mum’s house in the Charentes. On route, I pick up a copy of Antiquites […]

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Oh no. I’m positively Tartan mad. I want tartan on my spare bedroom headboard, appliquéd scottie dogs and highland cattle on cushions, vintage wool blankets – hell, I’m even suggesting tartan on commissions and am currently popping some on some arms of a club chair for a client. 1. Some of my vintage tartan pieces […]

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I am still on a high from a lovely weekend with friends – or should I say ‘guinea pigs’ – at my very first upholstery workshop in the upholstery studio. Four of my closest descended from London armed with a tatty piece of furniture and a metre of fabric of their choice to spend the […]

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Gosh, there are sooo many GORGEOUS textiles out there now that sometimes it’s impossible to know where to start. I’ve recently been perusing the internet and found some fantastic independent designers bringing out fabrics suitable for upholstery. Back when I started my night class in Upholstery I used to bring in old 70’s twill curtains […]

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Please leave a comment if you are interested in my craft mornings starting in October, every Wednesday from 9.30am until 12.00pm in Winton Banks, Bournemouth. Bring your own craft or let me teach you a bit of upholstery. Limited spaces so please contact me if you would like to book.   Follow my blog with […]

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