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Cushions Galore

By | 2018-04-19T13:46:54+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Sanderson/Morris’s dis-continued list for this year includes some beautiful fabrics, many of which it’s sad to see go. Where I have stock of some of these fabrics I’m putting them on my Offers Page - https://crescentupholstery.co.uk/product-category/offers/ - often at greatly reduced prices. For instance, there's a single Morris Thistle cushion at under half price! But [...]

Vintage Sanderson Fabric

By | 2018-03-24T12:35:45+00:00 March 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I’ve got four metres of now dis-continued vintage Sanderson linen, ‘Merrick Park’, copyrighted in 1983, in stock. The fabric is new and unused and has been carefully rolled in storage and is, therefore, in perfect condition. I can make this rare fabric up into beautiful 42 cm square scatter cushions, with a large discount off [...]

Morris Archive IV – The Collector

By | 2018-01-24T11:34:13+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

I’ve just purchased the new William Morris “Archive IV – The Collector” pattern book and have some new favourite fabrics! (https://www.stylelibrary.com/shop/fabric/archive-iv--the-collector-fabrics/). I love striking fabrics, and Wandle ‘Indigo/Carmine’, first produced in 1884, is particularly colourful. I’ll be making it available through the online shop as a scatter cushion, shortly, along with the two other colourways. [...]

copacabana tub chair

By | 2017-11-27T13:18:33+00:00 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 | 2017-11-11T20:31:12+00:00 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 | 2017-11-27T13:18:33+00:00 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 | 2017-11-27T13:18:33+00:00 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 | 2017-11-27T13:18:33+00:00 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 [...]