This is what frustrated quilters do…

…they find another hobby that takes more hours than they really have to spare while they wait for Christmas and spangly new sewing machines that will quilt.

This is my great-grandfather’s chair. It needs a little love and lots of attention, so I’m going to restore it. For a piece of furniture that is about 150 years old, it’s in pretty good condition. It needs re-caning (perhaps that’s obvious); having its wobbly legs seen to and a bit of polishing. I am under no illusions that that little list is going to take me a while to get through, not having much experience at all with furniture restoration.

BEFORE...

BEFORE…

So far, I have removed the cane seat. I used a knife to take off the main seat area, then drilled out any remaining bits of cane and all the glue from the holes.

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The cane has been well worn by my ancestors. I’ll keep hold of it to use as a guide for when I start re-caning.

The pattern is called Double Victoria and is not the easiest for a complete beginner to start with. Oh well, I managed a king-sized patchwork quilt top for my first quilting project. Caning is surely a similar test of patience and pattern-building?

I can’t wait to get going!

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Posted on October 1, 2013, in Furniture restoration and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Erica McCarthy

    I recognise that chaor! Good luck x

  2. Thank you. It’s going to take me some time to restore it to its former glory.

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