Although warmer weather and full blooms remind us that the grey days of winter are officially behind us, nothing rings in the season of margaritas (on the rocks with salt, please!) and outdoor fiestas like Cinco de Mayo. This month on Upholstery Basics, we create a geometric maze of colors with a simple striped fabric and feed our appetites for Mexican heritage and upholstery inspiration. Salud!— Amanda
Photography by Mel Cole of Rollins Cole
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Since I found this piece over a year ago, it’s been lovingly referred to as the turtle chair at Spruce. Green shaggy felt and tortoise shell back were no match for my vision and a staple gun.
A visit to one of my favorite Austin shops, Tesoros, produced a Guatemalan textile in a rainbow of stripes.
To conserve my Guatemalan textile, I sew a scrap of fabric to the bottom edge of the inside back and use it to pull and staple the fabric to the chair. When the back is attached to the seat, this fabric is concealed in the crack.
One good dusting, and it’s finished! Creative pattern matching, seaming, and placement transform the turtle and a simple stripe into a psychedelic tribute to Mexico. All it took was a little imagination and a sewing machine.
Photography by Mel Cole of Rollins Cole.
Striped fabric available at Tesoros.