A chair

I'm really excited to show you this piece. It's an antique chair I bought a few months ago in a very shabby state, but look at it now...

Let me take you back to the start: I bought the chair partly covered in a grim green fabric. I had the best of intentions to reupholster it myself, but let's be serious, it was never going to happen. So I enlisted Rosemary from Charlton Interiors and she's done a fabulous job.

The chair was a little rickety so she's repaired all the joints and polished the frame. The seat had well and truly sunk so that was completely stripped back to the springs. Finally after lots of hard work, the chair was recovered in calico ready for the final fabric.

Linda and I designed a fabric for a quilt called 'And the Swallows', way back in July last year. We made the quilt and exhibited it at Festival of Quilts. I always loved the design and thought it would be perfect for the chair. This time we printed it onto cotton velvet which is so lovely and luxurious.

Rosemary fussy-cut the fabric to place the special features of the design exactly where we wanted them. The panel on the back of the chair was the perfect spot to showcase the swallows.

The chair is finished with a self-coloured double piping for a contemporary style.

The chair looks good in the round as it has another panel on the back. The sgraffito marks that I'd painted for this fabric design worked a treat enlarged to fill this area.

It's a handsome chair and so worth all the effort to get it back into shape. I just love the mix of antique chair and painterly digital print. I'm not sure I can bear to part with it, but the chair is available for purchase. It's £480. If you are interested and would like more info just drop me an email. 

If you have an upholstery project in mind why not get in touch? We can print your own designs, or you can choose one of ours and bring your chair, sofa or footstool back to life.

Thanks for visiting the blog today. Back soon,


  1. Gorgeous! I wouldn't part with it!

  2. Gorgeous! I wouldn't part with it!

  3. Wow! The chair is gorgeous. I'd love to add it to my collection, but sadly my plane is in the hanger. LOL! Having done a little upholstery, Rosemary did a magnificent job. Enjoy!

  4. This is stunning. Is that an upholstery velvet? I'm going to look around for something to re-upholster. I think this is just wonderful.

  5. OMG! I absolutely love this chair! I have a thing about birds, so that's one reason to love it. I love the colors and the print! Truly excellent! Thank you for sharing.

  6. This is the most beautiful thing ever and I so wish I could buy it. I know you can't keep everything you make but I wouldn't be able to let this go. Stunning, your fabric works perfectly.

  7. Incredible transformation and love the swallows!


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