Chinon brocante market, every third Sunday of the month, October 2011. Louis XIII style walnut upholstered foot-stool, generally 'knackered'! Asked 60€; accepted 40€ on second approach - meillieur prix?
Should we use an expert upholsterer? ...... NO!
Fabric from Peter Jones, Sloane Square; 1 metre of 40/60 cotton/polyester blend damask £22.00 inc VAT, colour-way 'Cardinal'!
2 metres of fancy swagging. Supplier as above
Large 15mm dia. upholstery pins from Moran's builder's merchants, Kennington (no S!); 6 packets of 10 @ £2.50 inc VAT.
Removed old covering (and many, many rusty tacks). Re-glued the broken centre foot rail tenon both ends. Added a white cotton under-cover to remaining spring & horsehair upholstery and stained & ripped cambric covering. Should really have used a better quality linen cambric.
Machine-sewed cover, having cut it to size.
Inspiration from Google Images: Louis XIII Furniture...
The Abbé liked having a go at upholstery; a quite high reward/effort ratio.