It was about a month after I began going to sewing lessons (I know this will sound really crazy) I got on a bus and found myself carefully looking at the seats to understand how they were constructed. You are probably wondering what this has to do with sewing. Well, sewing gives you a different perspective on clothes and also on other things. You have to visualize how things are constructed and which different parts come together to create a whole such as a bag, a jacket or anything that you want to do. Once you get better at visualizing different parts of clothes and think about what shapes they should have to be able to connect with other parts, you get better at sewing. This of course comes with a lot of practice. Meanwhile, it also gave me motivation to deconstruct and re-make stuff around the house J

When we moved to our apartment, I found two old chairs left by previous owners. They looked terrible but I loved their retro shape and could not throw them away. I didn’t exactly know what to do with them and they stayed in the storage balcony quite a while. The same period that I began sewing, I thought well let’s see if I will be able to understand how these chairs are constructed and reupholster them. I bought a wood stapler, upholstery fabric and foam. I began to disassemble the chair by removing the staples that hold the fabric until I reached the wood. If you can see the white pins attached to the chairs below, you might imagine that this took a while. I also repainted the wood with wood paint. Here is how the chairs looked when I found them:

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And here is new version. The upholstery fabric is from Dando at Nachlat Binyamin, Telaviv.

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Posted by:mnahmiyaz

An "adventurer" by spirit, I love everything that is handmade with a special focus on sewing and some knitting.

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