Figuring out the best way to slipcover this attached back chair was a puzzle at first.
Should I detach the two back cushions and replace them with one loose slipcovered cushion? Or, if I leave the cushions attached should I cover them separately? Or, cover them as one?
I chewed on those questions for several days after receiving Priscilla’s photos of her Arhaus chair. And, even then I wasn’t coming up with a definite answer!
The problem was I couldn’t tell from her pictures if it was feasible to remove the back cushions. Some pillow-style back cushions should not be detached. Read why. I also couldn’t get a sense of how deep the tuck-ins were at the side and bottom or how they were shaped.
When the chair arrived at my workroom I was able to pull and poke at those cushions from every direction. I could see and feel how they were attached. I had my answer! Continue reading
Anthea sent me her old denim loveseat cover to duplicate in canvas. Not just any ole canvas. She chose a heavyweight, durable cotton-poly blend with a vintage stonewashed finish.
The results: a wonderfully rustic slipcover for her family cabin in Vermont. It’s going to look right at home next to the big stone fireplace, log walls and wide plank wood floors.
If you’ve never slipcovered with stonewashed canvas you might be wondering what’s so special about this faded and streaked fabric.
I copy a lot of old slipcovers. They come to me thread bare, stained, shrunk and stretched. That’s the norm for a worn & loved slipcover.
Most well-used covers are in such bad shape they are ready to be thrown out. For that reason, I’m never hesitant about cutting them apart to use as a template.
But this project was different. My customer, Nicholas, sent me his brand new a Pottery Barn Comfort Rolled Armchair slipcover to duplicate. Yes, brand new! It was was perfect in every way. Well, almost perfect. Continue reading