Wingbacks (the planning phase)



I’m hoping to recovering these two wingback chairs soon – just trying to decide on a fabric. There are so many wonderful choices. And since this is my first time doing a chair with so many curves, I know picking an “easy” fabric (i.e. no checkers or lines to match up) would be ideal. I, however, really do like some sort of pattern with symmetry – yet something subtle that doesn’t take away from the design of the chair and actually highlights the chair more than the fabric itself.

To start, I tried my hand at Google Sketchup just to see what a few fabrics looked like. I usually watch my husband work in Sketchup, but I gave it whirl alone the other day. After some trial and error I figured out how to make new materials from downloaded fabric samples and apply them to chairs. Yes! Not perfect but it works. When Nick came home, he showed me how to make groups and components and all sorts of tricks of the trade. I'm definitely going to have to explore Sketchup some more with supervised coaching.

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I’ve been collaborating with Brianna on fabrics. She has great taste and she’s very honest. Two great things in my mind. Here are a few of her thoughts:


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So that you have it. Once I blog about it, I have to do it. I can’t chicken out now.

If you have any fabric recommendations, please post a comment – I’d love to hear your thoughts!


  1. I really like the big, red, ikat-like print!

  2. Yup, you have to do it now, Hanna! I'll be looking forward to the updates. By the way, what do you think of #224? Too yellow, too busy?


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