Traditional upholstery maintains a historic craft and a long standing tradition, to create a result that cannot be replicated with modern techniques. Unlike modern upholstery techniques, traditional upholstery utilises traditional materials and techniques to create the form of a piece. Using hair or coconut fibre encased in scrim as a filler. The material is then stitched to compress the filler to create firm rigid forms. The techniques provide comfort and avoids the need for wood blocks to create height and shape. The craft has been developed over years to ensure a technique that is durable and long standing.
There are various traditional techniques applied to upholstery to create a firm angled corner. Stephanie Harris Upholstery utilises a stitched corner to create a firm, well defined corner. The benefit of stitching a corner provides structural support to prolong the life and shape of a piece. The upholstery technique creates a firm base and guide for the stitches to follow.
The following stitches vary depending on the required shapes and results. There are a range of stitching techniques that are applied to sculpt the filling to the desired shape. Just like a sculptor the piece is transformed into a practical art form, with each stitch having a purpose.
Different stitches create various result, they are chosen depending on their purpose and use. A blind stitch or edge stitch creates additional support without compressing the top too much and at the same time creates a firm wall of support along the sides. Alternative stitches can create a firm wall along the side but also on the top surface. Creating a sturdy, firm foundation. Ideally suited for a seat to maintain the shape. Finishing the rows of stitching with a firm roll stitch, that is the defining skill of a traditional upholsterers technique. This stitch creates a firm roll along the edge to create a firm form, providing the support required to maintain the form. Ideally suited for firm crisp edges.
The final result is a piece that maintains a long standing tradition, comfort and durability. If well maintained the piece can be passed down through generations, creating a family heirloom.