A few weeks ago I posted some images of the cane furniture that sits on our verandah. I was very careful not to allow too many extreme closeups as I would have been mortified if you had all seen just how stained and sad this furniture was looking.
We bought the two three-seater sofas and a single chair a few years ago and while the bases of the furniture were very good quality, the cushions that came with the furniture were disappointingly cheap and nasty. The foam padding sagged before a year was up and the fabric wasn’t water resistant and when I removed a cover to give it a wash it came out of the machine in shreds.
Most of the stains on the fabric were from water damage and while the cushions have never been left out in the open they were affected from time to time by driving rain.
It got to the point where I couldn’t bare to look at these cushions any longer. It was very timely then that last month I was whinging to a friend about how desperately the cushions needed to be recovered and how I had an upholster all lined up to do the job but the present delay was that I had no idea how to buy material. I walk into fabric shops and spin around wondering where to start.
Mel, the friend I was whinging to, happens to be a stylist! She generously said she would be happy to go fabric shopping with me and so I leapt at the kind offer and a few days later we were in Bargain Upholstery Fabrics and I said nothing and just followed Mel around.
Fifteen minutes later we walked out with a roll of geometric-patterned fabric that’s water-resistant and reversible. I was elated.
Until Carl saw the fabric. He looked at it and stood there frozen and motionless, then said, ‘I thought we agreed, ‘no patterns’?’
‘There was a change of plans’, I told him.
Three weeks ago he picked up the cushions and a few days ago he returned them. As soon as I saw them I clapped my hands. I love them and so does Carl. Moses has done such an excellent job. He’s re-made the cushions, recovered them and piped every edge which gives them a very polished look.
We invited Moses to stay for dinner. It was most fortunate that earlier in the day I had been reading Tania’s blog and she had shared a recipe of chicken with mushrooms and red wine. As soon as I saw it I knew immediately that that was what I wanted for dinner that night.
With a glass of red wine and a toast to the new furniture, I served up the chicken dish which is so quick, easy and economical to make, yet has lots of robust flavour. Moses really appreciated the meal and left with me asking him to now make some matching cushions, Archie giving him two leather satchels to repair as well as two leather belts he’d like re-made and Arabella asking, ‘Could you make me a leather jacket?’
There’s every chance we’ll be having Moses over for another meal, very soon.
If you live in the Sydney area and need tailoring, reupholstering or alterations, Moses’ business is One Stitch in Time.
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