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Chaise Back – All Buttoned Up! Looking Gorgeous and Luxurious!

Testing and busy times! But all for a good cause!

Finally got down with the deep buttoning, which is rather hard word in truth, but once there is a rhythm it gets easier.

Started at the top middle and worked my way round forming my first diamond half and spread from that to the sides, pulling the buttons through and securing them at back in a bow with the help of some calico so these could be adjusted once all the buttons were in position.

Once I was happy, the buttons were pulled tightly in place and secured with a slip knot and then double-tied.

And I’m so happy with the result and another new skill acquired!

It’s all coming together…a little slower than planned but the results speak for themselves!


Diamonds are Forever…Diamonds are Decadent…And Diamonds are Here!

It’s all been going diamond-shaped!!

Completed a lot of hand stitching on the internal lining and on the external corners of the ottoman box. Phew that’s an awkward and a time-consuming job out of the way!

I’ve been working on the chaise back, measuring out the deep button placements, creating a luxury look with a diamond pattern – in rows of 4/5 button places. Initially I didn’t do any measuring,  I placed pins to give me an idea of spaces for the deep-buttoning to decide the best shape & size of the diamond pattern – when I was happy, I measured it all out precisely.

Next job was to mark out the button places and cut through the calico in a cross, creating enough space to chisel through the wadding and the foam. After completing that, thanks to an apple corer (!), it was on with a cotton felt layer to give it a softer feel and then poly wadding immediately on top.

It’s now ready for the lush top cover…that’ll be in next weeks installment!!

Chaise Back…Lounging Coming Soon!

Can’t wait to lounge, but it maybe a few weeks yet!!

Currently focusing on the chaise/ottoman back and it’s coming together rather quickly…one of the benefits to modern upholstery!

The foam filling has been fixed onto the hessian base, a layer of wadding is placed onto top of the foam and then the calico layer goes on top. The calico is pulled firmly to hold the foam in place and maintain the shape and then stapled down.

My plan is to have a deep buttoning pattern on the chaise back…So, the pattern will need to be measured out and then cuts made into the foam to create a hole for each button, these holes will reach the hessian base.

I’ll be working on the box, completing all the hand stitching that I haven’t done, over the next week…so I should be suitably stitched up!!

Redefine-Redesign-Reupholster – Ottoman/Chaise Morphs More!

Yes, another productive week!

Worked on the corners at the base end of the box…all neatly pinned in position and ready to be stitched. A good strong matching thread is required and then it’ll be ladder stitching all the way!

Refitted the Chaise back, which was a little tricky…but then got to work on fixing the webbing and the hessian base, it’s looking different again. This will be ready for the foam layer, webbing and calico cover…Let’s see what another week brings!