Thursday, September 29, 2005

just bringing this back to the top

valley forge next week, anyone else going ?

Friday, September 23, 2005

The Slipcover Network Forum

Hi All...

Just wanted you to know I just sent in another shipment of recycle in cartridges and cell phones. Thanks to all who are making it possible to grow our Scholarship fund for the Summit 2006.

It's easy save your empty cartridges, and when you get 3 send them my way. I send them to the company, and they send a check to Claudia who is our treasurer.

Hope all are well

Here is a job Linda from Kansas did for one of her clients. Looks like Homespun Fabric. Don't you just love the skirt?

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Karen - I was going to send you the 8 old cellphones I had but after talking to my friend who had recycled them before she said that it would not be worth it to mail them out to you. She said we would get $1 each at the most. I am going to donate them to my church instead. Sorry! I had no idea how old they were. I got them from my MIL and SIL at their garage sale.
Duh... I just discovered the "Comment" feature. I wonder what else I've been missing...

Dede (in a daze)

Terratex Interface Fabrics

"Terratex® is a registered trademark of Interface Fabrics Group and designates fabrics that are made from 100% recycled or compostable material using increasingly sustainable manufacturing practices to produce a high quality product that is recyclable at the end of its useful life."

Sustainable, minimal-impact, environmentally conscious, eco-responsibe interior fabric.

In other words... recycled (and recyclable).

Is this one of the companies Jeannie highlighted? Or did I just volunteer to write an article? :D

Saturday, September 10, 2005

New Photo

Just got this photo from Kathy Ritter in upstate NY. How would anyone handle this arm? Tricky??????

lining slipcovers...either married to the cover, independednt and between furniture and cover, or attached to furniture....

sure..............I'd like people to tell me what they tried and didn't like.

additionally, what do you say to yourself when looking at a situation that you jus' know the fabric isn't going to hide what's going on ? What's the self talk you do in planning ?
So let me know if you understand the new setup...Off to do errands
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Shirley we could open up the blog to all and have the discussion here online...
What do you think?
Kim it is so good to hear from you. We'd love to see photos when you get them.....
Dede ( the stain queen ) you'd help me alot if you stain it with your household stains and then treat them as you would, and report back which didn't come out ?

Karen, tell me the impressions you get from others about if the appearance is acceptable.

Karen, where can we post a discussion or a back ground article ( maybe on the Summit advertisment ? ) on lining. As you can probably tell, I am so excited about lining, this is an issue I can really run with.

Friday, September 09, 2005

What a beautiful picture, Karen! Looks like a magazine layout. You were lucky to get a room so accessible and full of light. I just finished a "slipcover by mail" My first ever by measurements alone (thank you for the wonderful instruction in St. Louis, Shirley!) - happened to be a wingback. (ugh) I had done a slipcover for this chair before and asked the owner if she would like to send me some fabric and be my guinea pig. She just emailed me that it's on the chair and looks ok...I begged her for photos, hope they come soon!

The final product. The welt cord on the red sofa and ottoman were made from the fabric that we used on the chair.
Here is the undergarment over the ottoman. Softened the tufting on the ottoman, but it was still bumpy as you will see in the final photo....

HI all...

Finished job finally... Here is the sofa, no tufting... so didn't need to do an undergarment. Will be sending some more photos
Tried posting earlier but the blog was down.

I finally got my sample Shirley. I have used something like this before. Very stretchy when sewing....

I haven't used it yet, but will take it with me on the road when I teach....

K with SA

Poly canvas... hmm... Haven't had a chance to do anything with it, yet. Is it 100% poly? What are its advantages? -besides not shrinking, I mean.

I have a lot of samples to test; I'll throw it in with them, but this won't happen until October.

I agree with the fiberglass comparison.
anyone commenting on the poly canvas ?

Thursday, September 08, 2005

who's going to Valley Forge ? Oct 5 ? Later in the week ? Got a room yet ?

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

it's right off the bolt: Jeannie hit the nail on the head, I was searching for just this~ she says it looks and feels like fiberglass.
Shirley - received the sample yesterday... THANK YOU! :)

What's your impression of this fabric? Has it been washed? Do you like it?


Tuesday, September 06, 2005

not yet ( brown ) , but the extra time gave me time to think about using glue.

I am still tinkering with how to do it under pressure ( six students, three chairs, six hours ). So, glue sounds really appealing to me~

I am beginning to think I need to know the chairs prior to arriving at the summit. They can ( and should ) be three different models, but perhaps they should be Claudia's childs furniture.

most important thing to me originally was stepping beyond pinning RS out on the whole chair, fitting while incorporating cord. Those two common beginning methods I felt needed a bridge over to double on half. Yes, this is then a hybrid.

I like to think Brown ( hybrid, maybe RAINBOW ! ) has even more uses than just serving as a stepping stone between beginners methods and double on half. I never know where ideas come to me from, no doubt seen or heard and then the original source forgotten.

Any ideas on using glue more often in slipcovers ? My nagging thought has been protecting the chair, and then not glueing pins in so they don't come out ever.

As ever, still thinkin'.

Now I wish I had given you an article on lining, we can do that for winter.
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Did folks get together with you this summer to try the Brown Method?

Thanks Shirley

I am waiting anxiously.........!!!!!!!!!!!

K with SA
the poly canvas should be hitting your mail boxes very soon, those who asked. If you didn't ask or didn't get it by the end of this week, email me :

Monday, September 05, 2005

The Slipcover Network Forum

As for the undergarment on the back of the chair
I used drapery interlining, to cover the inside and
outside back. I sew the back to the front and slip it on
over the back of the chair.

I prefer to use interlining as it grips the chair with
it's felt like coating, and also helps the slipcover
fabric to grip to the interlining.

No Dede, I did not line the skirt...

Most of my skirts I self face... meaning I use the same fabric and simply fold it in half so front and back of the skirt is the same fabric.

So much easier that way....
absolutely gorgeous........Karen, do you like to sew on the lining direct to the chair ? What kind of dacron did you use ?

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Karen - just gorgeous. Did you line the skirt? If so, what did you use?

Do any of your videos discuss undergarments?


Hey all here is my most recent job completed. I had to use an undergarment for the inside back because of the tuffetting.

K with SA
Judit is lucky.... I am glad to learn they are okay.

Judit even has power back as of saturday, she said all they had was tree litter scattered and a tree fall on an outbuilding.

Other than gas lines and empty grocery store shelves, all is well.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Saw that Kim posted she is okay on the Drapery Pro forum.

Also I did hear from my Dad he lives in New Orleans, they made it to Birmingham, Al....

K with SA

Thursday, September 01, 2005

you know, now that you ask, I am not sure I ever knew if Kim's last name was Covington or if she lived in Covington, La. I thought her last name was Zimieskis or Zimmer, but now I am not sure of anything. Don't have an address or phone number either.

Judit knows Kim from WCAA. I didn't actually speak to Judit, I managed to get a connection, and she has changed her outgoing cell message to assure everyone she is fine if without power or a land line.

Because she's near Baton Rouge, and all the evacuation activity comes out of Baton Rouge, the cell system is just overloaded.
Thanks Shirley...

What about Kim Covington?
judit is okay.............