Mid-century modern reupholstery project

Last summer on my way to an appointment, I spotted a mid-century modern two seat lounger on the curb. The upholstery was awful, but the lines of the piece were sleek and modern. When I reached my destination, I called my husband and asked him to look at the piece and to bring it home if he thought it was worthwhile salvaging it.

midcentury modern wooden sette teak doris lovadina-lee

When I arrived home it was sitting on our back deck. The upholstery fabric shouted 1970’s and called for shag carpet. The wood was in great condition, but only three strips of the webbing were not broken. Sitting on the piece was a very delicate matter!

mid-century moderntwo seater teak vintage sofa Toronto doris lovadina-lee

We purchased new webbing and easily fixed the seat. The wood was cleaned and waxed. The upholstery fabric absolutely needed to be changed! I decided that instead of four cushions I wanted to have two. That way I only needed to put in two zippers instead of four and two cushions would look more modern and streamlined.

doris lovadina-lee itajime shibori snow dyed handdyed canvas upholstery fabric

I had been hand dyeing fabrics and scarves and wanted to try dyeing larger pieces of fabric. I was certain I could create an interesting hand dyed piece to use for the cushions. I split the canvas into 2 pieces one for each cushion and cut off a long narrow strip that would be used on the sides. The piece above shows the two ends of the same long strip!

teak midcentury modern sofa snow dyed canvas upholstery toronto

I snow dyed the fabric and am so happy with the results. The cotton canvas was fan folded and then folded into a triangle. The result of the folding was a tall stack of fabric. I decided to rest the stack of fabric on the bottom of the plastic tub instead of having it suspended above the melted snow.

Danish teak 2 seater lounge chair itajime shibori snowdyed canvas upholstery doris lovadina

As you can see when looking at the photographs, there is a distinct difference in the fabric. The part of the canvas stack sitting in the melted snow absorbed more dye. In the photo above, the cushions show the portion of fabric resting above the melted snow. The design is sharper with more white visible.
hand dyed itajime shibori canvas upholstered mid-century modern two seat teak sofa doris lovadina-lee

In the photo above, the seat cushion shows the part of the cotton canvas that was eventually submerged when the snow melted. This created a softer less distinct pattern. In the photo below, it’s the back cushion fabric that was submerged.

danish style teak lounger snow dyed upholstery doris lovadina-lee

We will be placing this mid-century modern lounger outside on our deck when the weather turns warmer. This summer we will be sitting in style!

Hand dyed canvas bag

I purchased white cotton canvas to make a bag. I dyed the canvas, hoping for beige, but got golden-yellow instead. It was a bit bright, so I overdyed with a teal green.

Itajime Shibori Canvas bag
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag

I was much happier with the look of the yellow and teal green Itajime Shibori pattern. I also dyed a piece of canvas with the same teal for the handles and bottom of the bag.

Itajime Shibori Canvas bag verso
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag verso

I love the results, the canvas is the right weight for an unlined bag. I added two pockets. The pocket below is made with an orange and white striped batik I made in Malka Dubrawsky’s dyeing class I took at QuiltCon in 2015.

Itajime Shibori Canvas bag zip pocket
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag zip pocket

The second pocket is made with the same canvas used for the handles and bottom. It is just the right size to hold a cell phone or small notebook.

Itajime Shibori Canvas bag pocket
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag pocket

The bag is approximately, 15″ wide, 15″ high and 4 1/2″ deep. It can hold a lot of books and quite a few metres of fabric. I’ve already tried!

Itajime Shibori Canvas bag inside
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag inside

I plan to make a couple more of these bags. I want to incorporate leather for the handles and bottom.



Your Cart