PRE­PAR­ING THE SEAT BASE

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The lin­ing forms a dust cover un­der­neath the fin­ished seat. The li­nen is tacked to the frame us­ing 13mm fine tacks and a cabri­ole hammer. Four cen­tred tacks are lightly tacked ini­tially, one at the front and back and one on each side. Ex­cess fabric is care­fully trimmed off. Then fur­ther tacks are added and driven fully in to se­cure the li­nen, spaced at 5cm in­ter­vals around the frame. The process of lightly tack­ing four evenly-spaced tacks on each edge of the frame is re­peated when adding each of the lay­ers of ma­te­rial. Lightly se­cur­ing the tacks ini­tially makes them eas­ier to pull out if any read­just­ments are needed. The hes­sian forms the base for the stuff­ing. It is laid over the web­bing and tacked with 13mm fine tacks, start­ing again with four cen­tred tacks. The hes­sian is pulled very taut and se­cured with 5 tacks on each edge. The ex­cess is then folded over and se­cured with more tacks, at a dis­tance of no less than 1cm apart. Three rows of web­bing are evenly spaced and stretched from back to front. Each strip is tacked at the back with three 16mm im­proved tacks, and stretched with a web­bing stretcher be­fore be­ing se­cured with three more tacks at the front. Then the web­bing is cut and the ends folded over and se­cured with two more tacks front and back. Three rows of web­bing are added from left to right, in­ter­wo­ven with the first rows and at­tached in the same man­ner. Loosely looped stitches called bri­dle ties are used to hold the stuff­ing in place. Us­ing mat­tress twine and a 7.5cm curved nee­dle, four rows are sewn across the seat from left to right to form the bri­dle ties, each a hand’s width across. There are three stitches per row.

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