Antique fabric upholsteryJune 12, 2009
For the classes I'll be teaching this summer I've made a few other chairs with several different fabrics and finishes on them. Ju...
For the classes I'll be teaching this summer I've made a few other chairs with several different fabrics and finishes on them. Just to show the students the different effects that can be achieved with the same design.
I upholstered this chair with an antique silk embroidered damask, brought from China 100 years ago by my husbands grandparents. The fabric was disintegrating and fading badly, but I managed to cut around the bad areas so that I had just enough to upholster the chair. I gilded the frame of the chair with real gold leaf and then aged it. I love the combination of the gold and the faded fabric. Even though the scale of the embroidery is completely out, I think it works really well.
The fabric on the back of the chair is less faded than the rest because I used the wrong side of the fabric. The front embroidery was almost worn away. What amazes me is that the wrong side of the fabric is just as beautifully embroidered as the right side of the fabric!