Alice in Wonderland

Around the time, actually at exactly the same time, that I bought The Arches I bought this charming scandinavian-esque timber love seat. I shudder to use the term, but the size, the proportion and the undeniable fact that is it destined  for a semi-enclosed front verandah makes it exactly that.

As usual I had no plans upon purchase, and was not particularly bothered beyond figuring out how to fit it in my little loaned hatchback.

Since then I’ve been quite busy, collecting chairs and ignoring them while life made good on inevitable ‘other plans’. For about 2 weeks I’ve been hatching a plan involving simple shades of blues – all solids, with deep contrasting buttons.

The whole time I have been pondering the origin of this plan, and why the seat suddenly became known as ‘Alice’. Yesterday I realised it was because of the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland – Amply detailed, ridged and studded, his belly and two tone blues are exactly what I have been planning. But she’s stil an Alice, because she’s definitely a she, and she’s far too dainty to be named after a grub.

Then of course, in preparing this post I scrolled through about a thousand images of blue chesterfields I clocked early in blogtober and saved for a rainy day – The designer’s nightmare – discovering certain proof you have yet again failed to produce an entirely new concept.

Mostly I think I decided on plush buttoning because

1. I adore using my ridiculously lethal buttoning needle

2. I heart buttons, abnormally so.

3. I just bought a bajillion miles of proper honest to god grown up professional buttoning twine.

What’s so special about buttoning twine? It’s waxy. Waxed. That means that when you’re buttoning on to a hard surface you can twist the anchor peg to increase the depth of the button in the foam.

On soft cushioning this is less effective, but you don’t need to tighten the string in this manner anyway.

Here’s a familiar feeling;  You’re wrapping a present, you tie the ribbon the first time, place your pointer on the half knot and attempt to tie and tighten the second half knot one handed without letting the first slacken.

If you did this with waxed thread, the wax would stick that first knot just enough that you could use both hands to seal the deal without gaining any slack. And that, good sirs, is why I am so excited.

This time, I could thread the buttons through the cushion, half tie off the thread and pull it ridiculously tight – deepening the button dip on both sides, and it will hold itself there until I finish the knot. MAGIC.

Small tip for the lazy upholsterer/those who suddenly find themselves in the absence of tailors chalk or pins;

on small jobs you can get away with pinpointing the desired measurements – literally.

So here we are, 2 cushions in, 2 cushions to go, and an imminent trip to the button shop to finish the project and start the next one – Friday off here I come!

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