Monday, September 9, 2013

:: Sewing Burlap and Horse-Hair ::

If you're following along with my D.I.Y. Re-Upholstery Story
then you may recognize this picture below. 
If you're new here... WELCOME! and... you can find this picture on my sidebar >>> 
and follow the link to previous posts about my on going project! 

Since showing you the web stretching... 

 I feel like I've made some head way on the couch. 
I've revisted some of the wood issues... 

I wasn't going to DECONSTRUCT the back...but now I'm glad I did...otherwise I wouldn't have seen the split seam. So that was a good thing. 

There was more of this... 

You can read about previous gluing and clamping here...I pretty much used the same method, without the wooden dowel this time. 

Next, after attaching the webbing to the back of the frame... I began the process of rebuilding; attaching burlap to the webbing and adding the Horse Hair Neck Roll. I'm re-using the horse hair. The Burlap, webbing and thread are all new. 

You can see the staple gun there in the lower corner. I just stapled the burlap to the frame.

I used cotton thread  DMC brand SUPER MERCERIZED COTTON (I already had on hand) for crocheting... it is size 10 
 Not the most beautiful sewing job I've ever done... but it's the mechanics of the it won't be seen. * you may click on the pictures to make them bigger if you need.

 I still have more stitching to do...and then I'm moving onto the springs.  Those are being held in place with stitches too. No clinch tool here due to budget and DIY aspect. If I were going into business... I'd consider buying all the proper tools...but as this is not the case... I'm not.

At this point... I'm usually losing my momentum on projects. This one is taking longer than expected.  I think my expectations of finishing quickly were high. I do have a pretty good concept of time.
But not when it comes to projects...and of course there is the "unexpected happenings" factor. All in all, I'm pretty happy with the progress so far--and I was just telling someone this is a big thing on my BUCKET LIST finishing is PRIORITY. ~LORD willing. 

I bought my burlap at the flea market from a produce vendor...$1 each.  I bought about 6 of them ...waaaaaay back when I began planning the little project. I like the graphic on this one. Too bad it's going to be covered.  

At this stage it sort of reminds me of the Restoration Hardware -phase of 
'De-constructed furniture'
... though I'll be going for something a little bit more cozy and cottage-y. ;)

Linking:: September Edition (month long parties)


Sandy said...

Pat, I am so looking forward to your finished sofa.. really! This project is coming along and I love the burlap. It is a shame you have to cover
Thanks for your comments on this trip I'm on.. it's been very eventful and I'll have lots of stories to tell one day.. it's been fun!
Will be on my way home this saturday and I'm now looking forward to the rest...
Have a great week

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I am glad you are doing this, it is much more complicated than I imagined. I'm having second . . third thoughts about redoing mine myself! I can't wait to see how this comes out.

Gail Wilson said...

wow Patricia! You are working so hard, gut it's all going to pay off. That wonderful webbing job just makes me smile! I love that stuff....

Gail Wilson said...

ps you should write a secret message inside.... I do that--so that someday someone will know when it was done, and who did it when THEY take it apart.

Diane said...

Looking good! I agree with Gail. A note would be fun in there!

Randi C said...

This is so ambitious; I can't wait to see more of your progress! I totally agree with the ladies above, a note would be neat!

The Boston Lady said...

I was just thinking the same thing about the burlap. Too bad it's going to be covered because it looks cool as is.

Pat! I am so impressed! The webbing and burlap - everything looks so professional. I am very excited to see the finished product. Now this HAS to be the biggest thing you've tackled - is it?

Did I miss that baby has come? I've been absent and will check your past posts.

You are in the last stretch, so to speak, of this gorgeous transformation.


Melanie said...

It is going to be lovely! It is an ambitious project, I admire you for tackling it! Can't wait to see the finished project!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh goodness sakes, you have gotten yourself into one big project! You are doing so well though, I have done some upholstery, Not this involved though. I know you just go step by step and everything will come together...Can't wait to see!


Jessica said...

It is going to be so cute! Can't wait to see it when it's done!!