PADDING THE SEAT
The hair filling is teased out and stuffed under the bridle ties by hand. There should be a compact, even coverage with no lumps. Cotton skin wadding is used to stop the hair poking through the seat cover and to add comfort to the seat. It is aligned with the edges of the calico, then trimmed to within a few millimetres of the edge of the calico and the tacks. The wadding is positioned but not secured at this stage. Care is taken as this stage serves to compress the hair. It should be pulled evenly on each side to create a pad of even height and shape. The calico is stretched over the hair and temporarily secured with 10mm fine tacks on each side. Starting at the back, the fabric is then pulled tighter and lightly tacked. Using the heel of the hand, the hair under the calico is smoothed and worked outwards from the centre, towards the back edge, as the calico is further tightened and stretched. Once the back edge is tacked, the stretching and tacking process is repeated along the front edge. It is essential that no hair escapes at this point. The sides are then finished in the same manner. Once the surface is smooth and even, the tacks are secured and more added, where necessary, at 3cm intervals all the way round. The corners need slightly more attention and must be tacked down well into the corner rebates. The excess calico is then trimmed using the shears.
5. Step 5: 7. Step 7: Step 8: › 6. Step 6: 8.