Thursday, February 10, 2011

Upholstery in the Eco-Library

We're going to try something a little bit different. We hope you're going to like it. It's bound to be a little bit hap hazard but we think we're on to a good idea.

 Please email to register your interest in the group below. If the first session goes well and we have enough interest we'll be able to run regularly, and we'll keep you posted.

Upholstery in the Eco-Library @ The Bower

1st Session Wednesday 9th March
(Future sessions to be advised)
6:30 - 9:00 PM
4 participants MAX - bookings essential
Cost; $25/session + $5 Materials/chair*

An evening in the Eco-Library to help you kick start that chair you've been meaning to resurrect for ages. Bring along your own curbside find from hard rubbish day, or those dining chairs you've always wanted to zhush up a little bit.

We'll show you the basics of upholstery using salvaged industrial offcuts and 'end of run' fabrics.

All you need to bring:
1. Your chair/project - Ideal projects include dining chairs, occasional chairs, simple armchairs. Be advised you'll have to be able to carry your chair upstairs to our Eco-library.

We won't be covering machine sewing and pattern making due to space constraints so please;
- try to avoid chairs with piping, or more than 1 loose cushion per chair as these items definitely require a sewing machine and sewing experience
- Avoid buttoned back chairs - Buttoning is long, painful and frustrating, we can work up to it in later sessions if you're still keen.

2.Chosen fabric if desired - Make sure you leave enough allowance in the fabric - email pics for more help on estimating fabric if required.

3. Staple gun & staples - These are available from hardware stores, Kmart/Big W, Spotlight etc - a regular duty gun will do, around $15-$30. Bringing your own means you won't have to share - and you'll want one to finish your project (or start the next one) when you get home!

*Material cost includes foam, hessian, webbing and other padding materials for 1 chair.

All proceeds contribute to the running of The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre
(An environmental charity)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Feb News

We're still on the hunt for a Customer Liaison. We've enlisted the help of our friends over at - the best place to go if you're looking to work for a meaningful organisation.

 For more about what's going on at The Bower right now, check out our newsletter below.