Since 1970

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Teresa Bennett

Teresa Bennett is located in Cleveland, Ohio.  Like most of us, her specialty is washable custom-fitted slipcovers for upholstered furniture.

 Teresa has a beautiful website called Cozy Cottage; don't miss it!  She was last year's winner of the annual Slipcover Design contest on the Slipcover Network site.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Lots of news from Pat Reese Enterprises!!

Son Bill Reese has joined me at the slipcover shop here in Fort Worth.  We are moving the shop again….(building got sold!)
but it will be right across the street from where we are now, in the arts district on Arch Adams  More about this later; we move June 1.

My Etsy store is now where you can order slipcover lessons.  Most are instant downloads and include copies of my Glossary of Slipcover Terms, my supplier list, notes from my classes, and whatever topic you choose.

There are downloadables on tub chairs, wing chairs, channel back chairs, slipcover skirts, cushions, and just a basic beginner's primer.
Prices have been reduced, click here to take a look:

Other items in the store include custom made ottoman covers, table rounds, and cushion covers made to order.

Please let me know how you like this new way of sharing and what else you would like to see….

All the best

Pat Reese

Monday, June 6, 2011

100% hemp for slipcovers

Here are my latest slipcovers for a customer in a Las Colinas loft.  She had a pair of these over sized chairs with ottomans to match.  Fabric is "Lydia" 10 oz hemp canvas, prewashed.  A free cutting of the canvas can be ordered with a comment to this post.

Green and Safe Windows offers 22 samples of hemp, organic cotton, silk and linen fabrics for $12 refundable on your first order.  Prices are most reasonable.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Micro-cord is the latest thing!!!

More and more the tiny, 1/8 inch welt cord is popular for slipcovers and pillows especially. Some people use it on draperies, at the leading edge/lining seam.

For $24 you can order this foot for any industrial Singer, Juki, Glaco or other single-needle machine.  Some folks use shade cord for their core; I  use cotton or jute string.  Should be something fairly firm to ride under the 1/8 inch groove in the bottom of the foot.

I will send one of my 700 yard cotton cord in balls to go with it.  Just email me at (my Paypal address) or phone toll free 1-888-923-7160.  

Monday, May 23, 2011

What's wrong with this picture?

 The customer could have gotten lots more wear out of these cushions.  The welt has worn out from inside because the welt was made with hemp cord.  The "wavy" effect you see on the seams is because the fabric covering the cord was cut on the straight of the fabric (parallel to the selvages) instead of on the bias.  Bias cut strips for covering cord are well worth the effort.  Trust me.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Jolene Newman rocks!!!

Ten years ago or so a student named Jolene Newman came to my seminar(s).  She brought a tiny wing chair that she covered during the seminar; now she has made a new cover featuring buttons on the skirt.  Isn't it wonderful???
Here's a shot of her neat and very complete workroom:
Before and after photos: 
Jolene, I have never seen neater work!!!  Many more happy years of slipcover making. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dede O'Hair's Workroom Buttons

Dede O'Hair's West Village Studio offers snap buttons, pin buttons (for ties, lapels, etc.) and tack buttons for upholstery.  They come in all sizes, and are easy to cover with your own fabric.  Fabric-covered buttons can now be snap closures for our slipcovers!!!  Also for duvets, pillows, and clothing....
Owner Dede O'Hair started sewing on her mother's Kenmore at the age of five.  Her award-winning work has appeared on the A&E television network and is often showcased in regional publications.  She is a frequent contributor to trade journals, and teaches at industry conferences throughout the country.

All the best, Dede!!!