She hadn't meant to call his character into question . . .
Horsehair sofa? Have you ever heard of the term? I come across it all the time when reading, but what is meant by it? What do you see when given such a description?
The type of upholstery on this sofa is diamond tufted.
This was one of my favorites. There is enough detailed work to give it character yet there is also a simplicity to it with its clean lines.
If you look closely at the arms and legs you'll see a creature. Can you tell what it is?
Here is the same piece after it was redone.
This isn't a DIY segment. I've watched plenty of those shows and of course the professionals make it look easy. I'm not saying that there aren't some easy projects, but I've seen chaos of wannabe DIYs. It's not pretty. It's kind of like asking a toddler to fold fitted sheets. Unless you're one of those people who has a knack for details you get what you pay for.
I'm not a historian of upholstery so it's hard for me to tell you what kinds of tools the upholster used back in the day, but I can tell you that I have great admiration for their artistic skill, especially since I know how difficult it is with our many modern conveniences such as power tools.
We've taken apart furniture where the upholsterer not only used the old hammer and tack method, but also hand sewed the seams together.
Here, let me show you:
This has been partially stripped and the new deck has been put on. We now sew the corners with a sewing machine. The original fabric had been hand sewn. Each of those pleats had been tacked with tiny tacks. We used an air staple gun. Much quicker.
The insides are done.
I suppose you're wondering what other sorts of things we upholster at our shop.
Well, we've done dentist chairs and RV seats. These babies were one of the most difficult things I've worked on. They were almost grounds for severe discord in our household. I think I quit fifty times that week but hubs wouldn't hear it. *g*
Here is something hubs did that really impressed me--
Between my daughter, brother and I we have hundreds of pictures. Obviously you can tell my favorites are the antiques, of which I have a lot more pictures, but we do all sorts of stuff in our shop. We even fixed the bear head of a mascot costume. I'll try and add the picture later today.
Upholstery is one of those trades that you almost need to apprentice at in order to pick up all those tricks. My husband is often telling me I need to hold my mouth just right. I've tried, it doesn't always work.
I have to work today, but if you have any questions, please ask, I'll try to answer.