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Old 02-10-2019, 06:54 AM   #31
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We finally jazzed up our bathroom medicine cabinets.
We made these dragon fly inserts after we made the cabinets
and they always looked dreary and dark.

That often happens when you place stained
glass into cabinets that get no backlight light or side light.
We used an iridescent glass for the wings, but it doesn’t show
up well in a cabinet.

So, I talked the head guy into using mirror to surround the dragon
fly. He was at first reluctant...We just had enough 1/4 mirror to do it,

Anyhow, it was a surprise how lively and bright it looks now.
I think it seems brighter because of all the other surrounding mirrors.
The natural light from the window bounces off the mirror.

Note: the coach light was originally brass...It drove me crazy polishing it
to keep it looking nice. It was a big job and an impossible undertaking,
Taking it down, polishing it and re-installing it.

Then about 12 years or so, we painted it with rustoleum hammered antique brass
spray paint. It has looked great all this time. I love rustoleum, at the same time we did our brass dining room light.
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Those cabinets look great. Did you and the head guy make them yourselves? If so, what kind of workshop do you have? Is this a skill learned as part of a career or just for fun? Great looking as usual.
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Yes, we made them and the vanity and the two other cabinets in the bathroom...
we made a lot of our furniture and our kitchen cabinets too.

Itís for fun and we have many hobbies that we taught ourselves. Our workshop
is a big mess divided into sections...woodworking section, stained glass
section, upholstery section, drapery and shade making section...itís all so
Fun!

Everything we do, we just jump in head first...and learned as we go along.

Thanks Dave for the compliments...

He loves that I belong to a DIY forum, this way I can drive many husbands nuts
with my ideas instead of just him...
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Maybe one day you could post a pic or two of your woodworking shop. I'm interested in woodworking and have a router, a table saw, a miter saw, an orbital sander, a biscuit cutter, and a Kreg jig. When summer comes I'm thinking about making a bathroom vanity. My only other woodworking project was a solid oak headboard that I made last fall. Came out pretty good, if I may say so myself.
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Dave, You already have the right tools,
and that sure makes it easier.
A vanity is a good place to start. Do you know what design
you want and what wood youíll be using?
Why do have to wait until summer?
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and that sure makes it easier.
A vanity is a good place to start. Do you know what design
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Why do have to wait until summer?

It's freezing here right now and I have no basement so I work in my detached garage.

I'm not sure on the design of the vanity but more than likely I'll be using red oak, as the Mastercraft wood products at the local Menards seems to be of decent quality and not too expensive.
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Oh, well that explains it.
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Hi Mrs. Knot, I am Eliza, Richard's wife. I love these stained glass projects. Just beautiful! I also love and admire the upholstery projects I see in your album. I have a couple of questions about that:

My husband and I want to start doing upholstering together before long (we have a couple of projects we are doing now before we get into that). One reason we have put this off is because of a naughty cat who would like to make short work of our efforts with scratching. I have done a couple of chairs in a class many years ago, and the cat scratched up the beautiful tapestry fabric. We now have leather furniture inherited from my parents which is great for the cats (we have two). But the couch is on the way out and the chairs are really two big for the proportions of our (small) living room, and I will want to replace those too. You inspire me that I can use leather to upholster. I heard that velvet too can be good for cats, and one of your chairs is chenille. What do you do about cats and scratching?

Also, I have to tell you, I have read through this whole thread and decided that you and your husband are ENFp/ISTp, respectively. I wonder if you know what that is?

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I should add it's a real good thing. (I'll explain more, but I'll start with what you already know!)
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Hi Eliza, welcome to the forum. I saw your post late last night.

Iím glad that you are interested in tackling upholstery.
Itís a rewarding accomplishment and not as hard as people
think. We started before YouTube! If you do a search
on how to do upholstery, Iím sure youíll get a lot out of it.
I can also help you to give you many tips.

Later Iíll post some of the basic tools youíll need, (besides a sewing machine.)

I love leather furniture and have two leather chairs and a leather sofa
in our family room. The sofa we purchased. The two leather chairs
we re-upholstered. One antique chair was my husbands Grandfathers
chair from his den. It was covered in green leather.
We first re-upholstered it in a leapard
look velour, but it didnít showcase the chair like I hoped it would.
Then when we purchased a new leather sofa, we stripped the leather off
the old sofa - and re-upholstered the chair again - in the re-cycled leather.

The reason I mention this is because this chair doesnít have a cushion.
A cushion requires sewing through four layers of fabric...welting is two
layers and the top and bottom is another two layers. Sewing through four
layers of leather requires a professional/commercial sewing machine with
a diamond needle...we do have a commercial machine but itís still a lot
easier to do leather without a cushion. We did a big through cushion
in the white leather with welt. It was very time consuming.
The only thing we
sewed on the chair is the welting along the bottom.
Same thing with the cream covered
wing chair. The welt on the bottom and the welt along the back.
It originally had a seat cushion, however, we changed it to
a slip seat mainly because a detached leather seat slips off and tends to get
stretched out. Also, a chair that doesnít require a seat cushion is easier
and faster to do.

Hereís the leather chairs for your review. The little antique seat we had to do
the seat in five pieces sewed together - cause we didnít have
a big enough piece from the re-cycled
leather to do it in one piece.
Also, the back of the chair was done in three
pieces sewed together...compare this to the cream chair...one piece for the
inside back as well as one piece for the seat.




Chenille is a wonderful fabric and think itís a good option for a cats house.
We had a cat for 21 years, so I speak from experience.
Velouri is another good option.

I prefer solid fabrics, as I like to add colorful throw pillows, and change
the throw cushions for a new fresh look.
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Eliza said, ďAlso, I have to tell you, I have read through this whole thread and
decided that you and your husband are ENFp/ISTp, respectively.
I wonder if you know what that is?Ē


Ok, what is it? I didnít google it, Iíll wait for your definition.

Is it people that react first, then apply reason afterwards!?!
I am basing this solely on our jump in heads first attitude towards everything!
( insert rolling eyes here) Anyway, weíre most likely guilty of it!

...more upholstery tips to follow, later. Joann
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Eliza said, ďAlso, I have to tell you, I have read through this whole thread and
decided that you and your husband are ENFp/ISTp, respectively.
I wonder if you know what that is?Ē

Ok, what is it? I didnít google it, Iíll wait for your definition.

Is it people that react first, then apply reason afterwards!?!
I am basing this solely on our jump in heads first attitude towards everything!
( insert rolling eyes here) Anyway, weíre most likely guilty of it!

...more upholstery tips to follow, later. Joann
Well write on the upholstery when you can and when you want to. I can't start it right now anyway - I am just daydreaming about when I can. Right now I am seriously looking for a permanent job in my teaching field (last tenured position was before my son was born; he just graduated college, and my colleagues from then have all retired! But, I was the youngest back then). I also need to study much for a Praxis exam to obtain permanent certification in this state - I have permanent in NYS, but not here.

I am going to enter my reply in some kind of general chat forum here. Yes, there it is: "Off Topic Forum". I am going to do that because you have a lovely thread on this stained glass topic; I read it because I was interested in your stained glass adventures, and if someone else reads it for the same reason they will find this conversation boring, or, at least, quite off-topic. And I can tend to get off topic on a whim, so I am going to discipline myself. So I will continue this there!
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Actually, I thought you were interested in starting upholstery in the
near future. Now that you have clarified that it not a near future priority
Iíll hold off on getting into how to begin to tackle upholstery for
the beginner.

When and if you decide to tackle a chair, dig this thread back up
and we can get into re-upholstery. Which BTW is not as hard as it looks
compared to slip covers which means a lot of fitting and sewing. (I would
never tackle slip covers, too much fitting and sewing; besides I donít
like the look of slip covers.)

If you look closely at the white wing back chair - the only thing that
requires sewing is the welt used along the bottom and back of the chair.
Even the matching footstool that we made with some scrap wood,
and padding required no sewing.

The small antique chair required sewing because we had to sew together
scrap pieces of re-cycled leather together. Same thing with the
matching footstool, no sewing, just pulling and stapling.
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I am cutting some of your post because I have to get to cut 350 words!)
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I’m glad that you are interested in tackling upholstery.
It’s a rewarding accomplishment and not as hard as people
think. We started before YouTube! ...
I love leather furniture and have two leather chairs and a leather sofa
in our family room. ... One antique chair was my husbands Grandfathers
chair from his den. It was covered in green leather.
We first re-upholstered it in a leopard
look velour, but it didn’t showcase the chair like I hoped it would.
Then when we purchased a new leather sofa, we stripped the leather off
the old sofa - and re-upholstered the chair again - in the re-cycled leather.

... because this chair doesn’t have a cushion.
A cushion requires sewing through four layers of fabric...welting is two
layers and the top and bottom is another two layers. Sewing through four
layers of leather requires a professional/commercial sewing machine with
a diamond needle...we do have a commercial machine but it’s still a lot
easier to do leather without a cushion. We did a big through cushion
in the white leather with welt. It was very time consuming.
The only thing we
sewed on the chair is the welting along the bottom.
Same thing with the cream covered
wing chair. The welt on the bottom and the welt along the back.
It originally had a seat cushion, however, we changed it to
a slip seat mainly because a detached leather seat slips off and tends to get
stretched out. Also, a chair that doesn’t require a seat cushion is easier
and faster to do.

...
Also, the back of the chair was done in three
pieces sewed together...compare this to the cream chair...one piece for the
inside back as well as one piece for the seat.




Chenille is a wonderful fabric and think it’s a good option for a cats house.
We had a cat for 21 years, so I speak from experience.
Velouri is another good option.

I prefer solid fabrics, as I like to add colorful throw pillows, and change
the throw cushions for a new fresh look.
Omigosh, I never saw this post, till now. When I said wasn't upholstering now I had not even seen this. I was responding to the post you did after this post, and did not see the one above it, here.

Yes, I am not able to upholster right now though I WISH I could. I have to study a LOT, when the school year ends here, and also find a position after a long break in my career (we are calling St. Joseph onto the case right now!). But I trust I will get to upholstering sometime in the Fall or Spring after I establish myself teaching somewhere, Lord-willing, after St. Joseph's intercession.

I wonder if St. Joseph the Worker is mentioned by others on this site? Because we have prayed for his intercession on our house projects, and he has really come through for us. And since we started our (five year old) marriage with financial and house challenges, we have asked his help a LOT, and he has really come through for us. So he is a patron Saint for us, and we pray to him every night asking him to intercede for us for spiritual blessings.

I am TOTALLY going to ask your advice when we start. I am so excited now to know we can work with leather, which I only realized I could do after seeing your work. I think it is going to be mostly leather and velvet we use, because of the cats. I LOVE your chairs! I especially like the shape of the lighter one. LOVE it. But they are both awesome! The leather is beautiful! What, do you have a Mercedes Benz car upholstering place near you?? And stools! I love the stools. I have a couple of worn out old stool forms for upholstering and once we get started on this we will do them, too (worn, but I will revive the wood because they have nice shaped feet).

I think when we start we will get on a roll, and do one after the other. My husband is game to take this on with me. We really have three downstairs rooms to do (all small rooms). Right now we have my parents' old leather oversize furniture and its the WRONG scale for this house. We will be foraging for nice old chairs like yours. They often are smaller-scale than the new stuff (which looked great in my parents' roomy condo).

I also noticed your REALLY nice pillows and fringes and throws on your chairs. Yes, the plain does allow that. I like also that your leathers are a medium shade vs. a dark, too, because that shows off the detail in the throw items. I was going to comment on your needlepoint-look pillows - are they needlepoint or print? I saw SO MUCH to comment on, on all your photos, that I just have to get back to it later. I will.

[I am actually in a crazy busy substitute assignment at a nice elementary school covering for a librarian as well as various teachers. They are keeping me super busy but have been so grateful and complimentary of everything I do that I just keep at it, and hope for a good recommendation letter out of it. Only a week and a half to go at this pace now].

Yes, you are right, a plain background works well, and I go for that, too, as well as an overall small regular repeat pattern. This was more popular in the 80s when I bought a couch and chose a fabric pattern for it like this. I want another like that. But I am limited because of the cats. Probably not able to get now (because of cats) a repeat pattern openish-weave tapestry like I had then. I mean something like this:

Even that is too busy - I couldn't find one I would pick, but it's hard to find what i mean because it is not popular now.

I ALSO like needlepoint pillows. I have quite a collection of floral-on-black that are various patterns very much like this, which I have gotten for great deals after much scouring on etsy and ebay:


I also like a woodland small animal theme: squirrels, rabbits, foxes, birds.

But what I REALLY most want is pillows of Elizabeth Bradley wreaths:





Fortunately you can still buy needlepoint kits of these, and I will when I am ready to splurge.

So, that represents a theme I am going for, and I love that you have arrived at putting together such a nice theme yourself with your wonderful pillows featuring pets, dressed with nice fringes and the throws. It's really striking and appealing. I also love your useful little appealing side tables, and just the way you have everything decorated.

Like I said, I want my husband to look over your album pics with me because I think he will also like them, and I want to see what he notices and says about things he notices (one thing about us is he will notice completely different things than I do, so it's always interesting). Mostly we are drawn to the same sorts of things, even while noticing different things about those things. It's not hard to arrive at something we both like (although can involve some discussion first!).

Also there were many other things I liked looking at and want to comment on in your albums, but it has to wait.

Back to upholstery - I love that you didn't need to sew a lot! Although, I can do the necc. sewing. I bought a nice vintage Bernina on eBay after I moved here because so much sewing needed to be done for curtains and such. And together, we made a canopy for the sky fort my husband had built for his kids years ago, and we revived it for the grandkids. We used very heavy outdoor canvas, two layers because we did a contrast lining, so, many layers to sew for french seaming, and the Bernina handled it fine. I have never had a machine like that! (Although it needs regular cleaning, and right now the tension is off.)

Also the tufting on your leather stool! I love it! I am inspired. Love it. I have not tufted, but PLAN to! One thing I have long-wanted is a round leather tufted footstool/ottoman/coffee table/storage. Now, after seeing your work I know we can make it! I want to make it rather than buy it so I can choose just the color I want and make it the exact size the room "needs". That will be after we upholster the chairs, of course, in order to see exactly what the room "needs"].

In my life I have upholstered 3 chairs. The first when first married, with a friend's expert advice. Some years after that I took two classes and did a chair in each class, with an instructor always available for help. I never wanted to do it not in a class. But with Richard, I could, because we really are two halves of a whole, and anything I was stuck on I know he could/would do. It would be fun to do together.

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I just noticed these guys next to where I am writing this post. They look just like a couple of kindergartners who greeted me in the hall today, not including the jumping jacks and other acrobatics they were doing. They were at the end of the line, and were trying to get my attention so I would notice them, but knew they shouldn't talk! It really made me laugh!

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Eliza, you already have a big leg up on upholstery experience as well
as having a commercial sewing machine. We have a commercial vintage
Singer with a foot pedal treadle. Itís a powerful machine. I also have
a Brothers sewing machine.

I use the Brothers...the head guy wonít let me use the Singer. It doesnít
have a foot, it is capable of sewing through multiple layers of thick fabric.
The machine is fast and furious and heís afraid Iíll sew my my fingers
together. Heís never in the mood to make emergency room runs.

Anyhow, I have only purchased one chair in our house( the brown one)
all the others are either adoptions or good will purchases.

The gold chenille one in the living room was a good will find.
I think I paid 40.00 for it. It was newly upholstered in a pink fabric...I think
the lady didnít like the pink color and donated it to good will. The cushion
was brand new as well as the fabric. This chair to purchase ( for just the frame)
would be hundreds of dollars. We usually strip down our good will chairs in
the garage and clean and spray them before bringing them into the house. Also,
we re-tie all the springs.
This chairs final cost was about 70.00. The wood was blond...We stripped it
and stained it dark and I gold leafed the shell. This chair would retail for
most likely 1,500.00 or more...Itís a well made coil spring chair.

The red cane chair was another good will purchase...about 25.00. This
chair was probably from the 1960 or 1970ís. It was covered in a green
background with big yellow flowers and it was filthy and fugly!
The red fabric I had on hand (I have a closet full of fabrics)
the only thing we purchased was a new piece of foam for the seat.
Again, we refinished the wood.

The mercedes fabric was purchased from fabric wholesalers that we know.
I get all my fabrics from them...Itís the leather that mercedes uses in their
cars. They were huge skeins...we bought two of them. We could have done
the chair with one skein.

The needlepoint and tapestry fabrics I got on ebay or pinterest. I have done
needlepoint, regretfully I no longer can, as I now have some issues with using my hands.

When you did the upholstery in the class did they show you how strip the chair
marking all the fabric so that you can use the stripped fabric for a pattern?


This is the red chair. The solid red fabric makes a great canvas for my animal
tapestry, needlepoint and animal print pillows.

The little footstool was made by the head guys Grandfather, he used animal
horns for the feet. Itís a darling little stool.
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