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UPHOLSTERY

WEBBING

Webbing is the foundation of all upholstery. It supports the body weight on seating and provides a base from which to build.

webbing streatched over chair frame, traditional upholstery

SPRINGS

Steel springs provide comfort and flexibility. Hand sewn to the webbing and then lashed in place to form a sprung unit.

springs used in traditional upholstery

HESSIAN

12 oz hessian is tacked over the sprung unit and then hand sewn to each individual spring. Looped bridle ties provide anchorage for the horse hair stuffing.

hessian used in traditional upholstery

HORSE HAIR

Horse hair is the traditional stuffing material, removed from antique furniture, washed, dried and reused. The modern equivalent is a fireproofed vegetable fibre.

horse hair stuffing used in traditional upholstery
rolled edge techniqued used in traditional upholstery creates solid edge

ROLLED EDGE

A sewn rolled edge provides a firm and durable edge and shape to the horse hair stuffing.

rolled edge techniqued used in traditional upholstery by hand
rolled edge techniqued used in traditional upholstery
rolled edge techniqued used in traditional upholstery sewn by hand
cotton wool wadding technique used in traditional upholstery

COTTON/WOOL WADDING

A mix of pure cotton and wool wadding completes the stuffing process before calico is attached, completing the upholstery process. The furniture is now ready for the top material to be applied.

cotton wool fibers traditional upholstery
cotton wool wadding technique used in traditional upholstery laid over horsehair
cotton wool wadding technique used in traditional upholstery detail of horse hair and cotton wool
cotton wool wadding technique used in traditional upholstery measured

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