copacabana tub chair

By | November 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

I’ve just re-covered a rather ordinary, (by the owners’ admission), tub chair in Sanderson’s Copacabana ‘Multi', and what a stunning difference the fabric makes! It may be too bold and bright for some people's taste - but I love it! It’s a shame this lovely uplifting tropical fabric is being phased out. There are just [...]

Nympheus Cushions

By | November 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Nympheus is one of my favourite Baker linens. This 1915 design – adapted from a Ming dynasty painted silk scroll acquired by the British Museum – features kingfishers, egrets and lotus leaves. Sometime ago it was featured on the wall of Baker’s showroom at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre – and looked stunning. The fabric, available [...]

Gimp Braid

By | October 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

There are times when upholstery fabrics abut show-wood on furniture and the tacked raw edge must be covered. Several options are available – including hidem banding, upholstery nails (domed studs) and assorted braids. (I don’t like the modern practice of using ‘double piping’ – it just looks wrong to my eye). Which device is used [...]

Cutting fabric for cushions

By | October 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

How I cut fabric for cushions is governed by the pattern repeat of the cloth – vertical and horizontal. For instance, William Morris Marigold, with a 22.5 cm vertical repeat, is such a ‘busy’ fabric that it’s possible to cut it ‘run of fabric’ – without being detrimental to the finished cushion. Whereas, Morris’s Strawberry [...]

Golden Lily Minor Re-upholstered Chair

By | October 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|

There’s no greater pleasure as a craftsman than taking a well-made chair, old or new, and combining it with a fabulous cloth to produce a beautiful piece of furniture. Here’s a lovely chair I’ve just re-upholstered. It was originally made by ‘Criterion-Cord’, who sadly no longer exist, and has a nicely carved under-frame. The customer [...]

Doing the job right

By | September 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

It’s very often said you get what you pay for – think budget airlines! The clue’s in the name. Supposed leather sofas are advertised on TV for less than the price of a quality hide. So, when you buy a branded dining suite from a company with a fantastic reputation, (I’m not going to name [...]

Kandinsky Cut Velvet from Sanderson

By | June 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Kandinsky was a familiar Russian, later French, artist who died in 1944 – A. Sanderson & Sons have a fabric design named after him – a 1950’s inspired cut velvet, in narrow stripes with geometric patterning - search 'Kandinsky' from https://www.sanderson-uk.com/. We have used it on new and old furniture and the result is always pleasing [...]


By | May 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Tropical is topical! In the trade and national press this week I’ve seen articles on how fashionable ‘tropical’ designs are – on furniture, wallpaper and clothing. Crescent Upholstery can offer some fabulous tropical fabrics on chairs, stools and cushions. Elanbach’s digital Cockatoo Velvet is a stunning fabric – and would look great on a winged [...]

William Morris Birthday

By | March 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

William Morris was born on the 24th March1834. So Happy Birthday for Friday, William! To mark the occasion, any item – cushion, footstool or chair –  in a William Morris fabric on display in our Matlock Showroom is available with a 15% discount on the marked price for Friday & Saturday (24th & 25th) only. [...]

Morris Cushions

By | February 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

We have only a fraction of William Morris’s fabrics displayed on our ‘Cushions’ pages – while Morris has 422 fabrics listed on their website! ( https://www.william-morris.co.uk/ ) To feature them all would be overwhelming. So, if the William Morris fabric you’re interested in having made up into beautiful scatter cushions isn’t popping up on our [...]