First, chairs are stripped back so all materials, such as springs, horse hair and old fabric, are removed leaving only the structural components of the chair. As all of the previous coverings are removed new fabric can be chosen, allowing the chair to fit in to the colour scheme of any room.
Next, the arms were re-upholstered and re-covered with the material of choice – in this case, dark burgundy leather. The back and seat of the chair are in the early stages of being re-upholstered, and have had webbing applied.
A traditional layer of horse hair was applied on top of the hessian covering the seat’s springs. To ensure the layer of horse hair is even it is stuffed into hand sewn loops.
After recovering the back of the chair the seat can be re-upholstered. In this picture, you can see that the springs have been sewn into place, ready for a covering of hessian before applying a cushioning layer of horse hair.
The last step in recovering the seat is to re-cover in the dark burgundy leather.
After finishing the front of the chair’s arms with leather, a decorative strip of tacks is applied and the chair is complete.