Category Archives: upholstery

Real Men Spit Tacks

Real men upholsterers spit tacks. After all these years, it still creeps me out a bit — I see his cheeks bulge a specific way while he is having a conversation with me and I’ll peer at him as if … Continue reading

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The Sketchpack Project: MPF Conservation Tools

ABOUT SKETCHPACK: The project began in 2011. The original idea was to get folks to draw daily. The Sketchpack is a small zigzag journal with two usable sides, allowing one to sketch on both sides of 15 ‘pages’ to complete … Continue reading

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Textile Conservation at Hampton Court Palace

Sometimes we try to explain to people who want items washed that we do not necessarily have the equipment to do THAT sort of cleaning; here is a great example! “See through the eyes of the textile conservators as they … Continue reading

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Process: Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Upholstery, 2 Show Cover

Continuing from the Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Upholstery, 1 Buildup post, (Or to begin at the beginning go here.) Buildup is complete, and we are ready to prepare the Show Cover of 4-5 oz. vegetable tanned strapping leather. Above, the … Continue reading

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Process: Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Upholstery, 1 Buildup

Continuing from the Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Finish post, (Or to begin at the beginning go here.) The frame is repaired and the finish conserved; Buildup begins! Stickley chairs do not have dustcovers, and so the underside of the canvas … Continue reading

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Process: Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Excavation

We are continuing on in our process on the Gustav Stickley Ladderback Armchair. Chair before disassembly. To disassemble or excavate the upholstery we begin with the historic decorative nails.  Mitchell created a handy hand-tool for getting under the historic nails … Continue reading

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Process: Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Assessment

We’ve not chronicled a project for a long time and these original Gustav Stickley circa 1900-1910 Ladderbacks are so lovely (and often poorly conserved and restored) that it is a good way to begin again! We will chronicle our process … Continue reading

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