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Travelling Atlas chair

When I moved to Switzerland I left a few things in England that wouldn’t fit in the van. One of those things was this old dining room chair. I had bought it years ago in Germany for a few euros intending to upholster it which never happened. It has traveled quite a bit,  it originally came from England, was imported to Germany, then moved back to England and now lives in Switzerland.

But before it moved here it got a makeover!

I used:

  1. 1829 Acrylic Eggshell paint in Pale Mortlake cream
  2. The Atlas fabric from Prestigious Textiles
  3. My new Stanley Heavy Duty staple gun (which I bought for a bargain 10 pounds!)
  4. Impact glue
  5. ribbon

The biggest part of work was preparing the chair, I sandpapered it and pulled of all the fabric. Then I spend a few hours removing all the staples that were used to fix the material to the chair with a screwdriver. Then the fun part: three layers of paint and new material. I stapled the new material to the wood and hid the staples by gluing the ribbon on top of it.

It took me two days to finish it. I bought 1.5 m of the material, because the pattern was so big and I wanted to be able to choose the countries I would sit/lean on. I have enough left over to make two cushions for the sofa as well. This was my first upholstery project, but it certainly wasn’t the last one, especially now that I am the proud owner of a staple gun!

  

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Dip dyed curtain vest

My first entry!!! This project was superfast, you can do it in one day or two evenings. Since we recently moved into our new flat in Switzerland with lower ceilings I had to shorten all my curtains to size. I didn’t want to throw away all the excess fabric as it was a nice linen like material that reminded me of a linen vest I have, so I took my old vest as a template and sewed up a very simple vest.

I copied the shape of my old vests front and back onto the fabric and gave 1 cm seam allowance on each side. Then I sewed the tops and sides together. The seams are hemmed with a small zig zag stitch.

When I tried it on I liked it, but it did look a little bit pale so I thought I could dye it. Since the next supermarket is miles away and I could not be asked to go shopping I thought I could probably find a natural way to dye it with things that grow outside. I found a great list of natural materials you can use to dye fabrics on www.pioneerthinking.com and decided to go with turmeric for a summery yellow (plus I didnt even need to leave the house).

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