I couldn’t resist to make another one! Had all these gorgeous bits of velvet left from the wing back armchair project that I wanted to use and a tub chair came into Shabitat this week so perfect timing! Its up there with my favourites this one. I do have some more of this velvet left so if you want a tub chair in these colours its actually possible. Get in touch for more information.
A great way to utilise smaller bits of fabrics is cushion making.
You could either sew a patchwork top with the smaller pieces you have, or if you have big enough pieces (half of a meter should be plenty) create a simple cushion cover with a zip like these below. Not experienced in sewing? We run cushion cover making classes at our Brighton based shop. Check out our workshops page for dates.
That particular time of the year is approaching fast. People are stressing out about what to buy for each other and end up getting something completely random and unwanted. One thing to take in to consideration is how much we buy around Christmas and how much of it goes pretty much straight to the bin -or the charity shop – best case scenario.
Consider getting something secondhand, remade, upcycled, organic or edible. I have been covering some hot water bottles with old woolen jumpers. You can make these pretty easily yourself or you can buy them in Shaboutique.
Lets consume a little less this Christmas shall we?
Painting chairs is an easy way to give them a new look, but the real change happens when you replace the fabric on the seating. Even a non-painted battered old chair looks so much better with a newly upholstered seat. Here are a few samples of what we have made in the last few weeks. Some were sets of four. Some sold as singles.
If you are Sussex based and want your dining chairs recovered let us know! We will also be running workshops in the new year too where you can learn how to paint and recover your own chairs Please check our Shaboutique website or Shaboutique’s Facebook page for dates. Or subscribe to our blog and we will let you know.
I embellished three oversized hippy jumpers with acid smileys a couple of years ago to take to festivals. They got snapped up straight away! So now we make them in different colours on sweatshirts and jumpers. Still all made from 100% reclaimed textiles of course. We only use high quality jumpers and sweatshirts and all the smileys are cut out and ironed on by hand and then satin stitched by one of our crew. Here we have Shabitat’s very own George modelling the latest batch for us.
Compare to last years nine, we kept the numbers lower this year. Four festivals in four months and the 2014 season is well and truly over for us! With the time now needed to run Shaboutique, we wanted to focus on a few key festivals instead.
Pretty chuffed to be accepted to trade at the big and mighty Glastonbury considering how hard it is to get in. In a typical Glastonbury fashion, we had four seasons in one day, and then a lot of rain. Kept us on our toes all the time dragging the rails in and out. It was a good experience and we know what to bring/focus on for next year.
In July we did Secret Garden Party for the third year running. Oh we love it there! Even more so this year as it was an absolute scorcher! We had everyone in nipple tassels all day long. The secret sunflower field that you had to access through a porta-loo was an all time festival high for me. Genius idea SGP!
This year we also themed up with Crystal Vintage and the amazing Gloria Top-Up Shop to do Shambala Festival. I think we can both decided that it takes the number 1 spot in the festival charts. (Sorry SGP) It has everything you can ask from a festival. Not too big nor too small, groovy bands you have never heard of before, creative workshops, silly antics and pretty much everyone in fancy dress. Friday is cross dressing day aka Fruity Friday. Boys in dresses? Ah yeah!
Another newbie for this year was Festival Number 6. I have been wanting to go since day one as the DJ line-up is always great. I had never been to Wales either, so it became a lovely little road trip too. They say it always rain in Wales, well not this time. We had sunshine for the whole weekend. It’s pretty unique as festivals goes as its centered around the little “toy town” village Portmeirion. The view over the estuary and the woodlands with its six unique “pop-up raves” are probably the best bit. A perfect festival to end the season with we say.
These are very exciting news. We are getting a shop! We have teamed up with Shabitat to open up a boutique where Brighton based artists and makers can display and sell their upcycled products and wares. It will be within the newly developed Brighton Open Market situated between the Level and London rd. We got the keys on the 1st of July so less festivals and more DIY this month! Grand opening on the 19th of July.
You can see what we are doing there on its very own website www.shaboutique.co.uk
Summer is here which also means festival season is here! So we have been busy making our best sellers; one off a kind sustainable kimonos ! We reuse vintage saris, cotton sarongs, silk scarfs and all sorts of other high quality that fabrics that come our way. We don’t buy new which obviously puts a strain on natural resources. The trims we source from end of roll haberdashery sales and from our travels.
Here we have the gorgeous eco warrior-poet-actress Amy Brangwyn modelling our first batch.
Available at our festival stall this summer. See our Facebook Page for dates.
It’s been too long since I reupholstered a tub chair. I love doing them as I can use off-cuts I have left from other projects plus the actual re-upholstery job on these are pretty straight forward. I always go for very bright colours but I have been told that even tough people like them it wouldn’t fit into their (beige) decor. So I made one in fairly neutral colours. Lets see if it will have any takers. Avalaible at Shabitat.
Ysanne and Peter had these old armchairs that were left from Ysanne’s grandad. The armchairs were comfortable and structurally fine so they just wanted to give them a second life buy having the patchwork magic done to them. Peter had already painted the wooden parts in a nice mat white.
Ysanne showed me some photos of her patio and we also talked about the color-scheme she had in mind. They dropped them off to me in Brighton so it was left to me to sort out the rest. I mainly used off-cuts I had from other upholstery projects and vintage curtains I sourced form Shabitat.
Pretty pleased with the outcome I have to say. And so were Ysanne and Peter.
Do you have a family heirloom piece that needs a second life? Get in touch!
Another festival summer marathon has come to an end! What a great adventure that was. Boy am I exhausted though! Meadowlands, Sunrise, Patchfest, Secret Garden Party, Bimble Bandada, Wilderness, Give!, Brunswick and Bestival. Phew!
The highlight this year (from a work perspective) I guess is that we now have our own marquee to trade from.Yay! Of course its a lot more work with the set up etc but its so worth it. Even though its nice to share a big space and meet other traders its still nicer to have your own.
Meadowlands was our test run. A small festival situated a few miles from Brighton. We had a chance to do a local set up and see what we needed to sort out before our long season ahead. Sunrise festival was a first for us this year. Really nice vibes plus the sun was out but nowhere near enough people. Such a shame. SGP had much better weather this year. What a difference it makes with a bit of sunshine. Oh Bimble Bandada! What a perfectly formed little festival. Only two small stages and nothing but amazing musicians. Super local too! Highly recommended. Wilderness and Bestival we did with the Secret Emporium again. Which worked out great as at that point we were running low on our stock to fill a 6 by 4 meter marquee.
Its been a good season and I’m glad I did try them all, but wow such hard work. Not sure I will be doing all 9 of those festivals again next year.. Maybe just 5 or 6 but lets not make any promises, who knows what will happen then. Oh and the best bit, is to be back in my own bed….
I love making my patchwork upholstery chairs, but its time to move onto something different so I wanted to reupholster an old wing-back chair. We get them in at Shabitat fairly often. As all materials I use are reclaimed or end of roll, I never get big enough pieces to cover one large item. But instead of the patchwork approach I wanted to use a different colour for each panel of the chair. Velvet curtains were my answer. Soft, mat and durable.
I have lost count on how many hours it took to finish but I’m quite pleased with the outcome!
Here it is in its new home. That only took 2 days!
Have a chair you want to give a second life? Get in touch!
Oh the English language! Sometimes so rich with its vocabulary and diversity in words, and sometimes just so limiting. When you say trousers I think of something fairly formal or plain or maybe a pair of jeans at a push.(Even though jeans are jeans right?) When you say pants I think of underwear-knickers- as I live in the UK. So what do you call them when they are casual, comfortable hippy pants? Sorry trousers just doesn’t sound right. I want to call them slacks! I know what slacks are. They are trousers. So lets call slacks trousers and funky printed comfy slackers trousers slacks. Deal? Thanks.
Here are some slacking slacks I have been making. They are unisex. Sorry guys no pictures yet but will post some up soon as soon as I can find a model. All upcycled from 80’s-90’s bed-sheets and curtains. All one of a kind or super limited edition.
My good friends Dan and Millie are about to have a baby. Consequently they are going to need a nursing chair. Fortunately they had found an armchair that they found comfortable but needed recovering. Millie had these fab pair of curtains that she wanted to re-purpose so all that was left to me was to put the pieces together. I think little D is going to approve.
If you have an armchair that you want reupholstered, contact us!
Wow what a summer!! Old friends, new friends, dancing, some more dancing, crazy antics, rain, mud, sun and lots of dressing up. What was the highlight you ask? Too many to mention.
I had been wanting to check out Secret Garden Party for a long time as I had heard so many good things about it over the last few years. I had a stall within The Secret Emporium which is an independent designers festival outlet at SGP. The weather however wasn’t on our side. We had constant rain and consequentially mud for pretty much everyday until Sunday. But hey! We had fun anyway. Lots of people still wanted to dress up despite the weather. What a cool festival. Definitely going again next year. Fingers crossed for a dry one.
Wilderness Festival in Cornbury Park- Oxfordshire. What a stunning location. Being able to go swimming in a clean lake at a festival is definitely a winner.
I had never been to the Isle of Wright so that was an adventure in itself even before getting to Bestival. Huge site with hills! The sun was out all weekend too. Great line -up always helps.
Playgroup Festival got postponed to mid September this year. It’s small festival based in East Sussex beaming with creativity. No need to say a lot of fun was had by all…
I didn’t take a lot of photos (none from Wilderness!) which is a sign I was obviously having too much of a good time. Anyway, here is a few…
More patchwork chairs you say? Lynn was so pleased with her two matching deep button armchairs that she wanted me to make her another two! Plus a footstool.
These are the same shape as my usual tub chairs, so they didn’t take too long to cover.
And here they all are in their home. Happy customers!
If you would like similar chairs recovered get in touch!
Have you got a pair of old jeans that you love and are holding on to even though they are in shreds? Why not give them a second life by having them customised and repaired to your own specifications.
This is Brian’s bum. His favourite jeans were falling apart so we added a few patches which gave them a subtle splash of colour.
Want yours done? Get in touch!
Its still officially festival season and our upcycled 7″ vinyl fascinators are still available in our Etsy shop! Grab em whilst they are there!
I do love a onesie! Comfortable and stylish. Dress it down, dress it up! These are all made from reclaimed bed sheets. Modelled by our beautiful intern Isobel.
Get in touch if you want your very own made from your choice of fabric.
The classic festi staple is a pair of denim shorts. Actually, not just for festivals, they are a great all rounder for anyone’s wardrobe. To make them that little bit more exiting you can customise them by adding detailing like these. Straight forward to do on the sewing machine or even by hand if you don’t have one. All you need is some small fabric scraps, needle and thread. Stick the kettle on and get involved!