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Upholstery Supplies

Upholstery tools


Now that you have decided to restore that piece of antique furniture or just want to clean or re-polish a table etc. You will want to know where you can purchase the materials, cleaners, polishes, springs etc. etc.

. On this page I will list various Companies that will be able to supply these items, for you to be able to get the results you are after. A number of suggestions, on how to go about it, along with numerous, before and after photos, are shown on aw-antiques-collectibles pages to help you.
Restorers materials

WOOD VENEER
Wood Veneer UK specialise in supplying you with a choice of the world´s finest quality wood veneer by Mail Order. They offer a wide range of Burr Walnut veneer, decorative veneer and exotic wood veneer species.

WOOD MOULDINGS
Klise decorative wood mouldings and accents are ideal for use in: Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, etc. 5,000 patterns.

WAX POLISHES
(A blend of purified beeswax and gum turpentine, making a superb finishing wax. Will nourish and protect all types of timber.)

WAX REMOVERS AND CLEANERS
(Removes old wax, dirt, smoke and everyday grime from antique and modern wood furniture. Will not, harm the original finish or patina.)

FRENCH POLISH
(A traditional high gloss shellac finish. Can be removed with Methylated spirits.)

FINISHING OILS
( Finishing oils, protect, nourish and enhance the colour of wood)

WOOD DYES
(Used for changing the colours of wood or matching in to existing wood colour.)

HESSIAN AND SCRIM
(Hessian is a jute material used for covering springs and for separating different upholstery layers. Scrim, a loosely woven version of hessian, also made of jute, used to cover the first layer of stuffing before the edges are stitched.)

SHEET OR SKIN WADDING
(Compressed cotton fibres on a thin skin of cotton which holds them together. Used skin side up to prevent horse hair or fibre.. from working through the covering fabric.)

LINTER FELT
(A soft, thick, coarse felted cotton, used as one of the final layers of padding for seats etc.)

TWINE AND LAID CORD
(Strong waxed twine used for stitching upholstery. Laid cord is used for lashing springs together and then attached to frame so that they remain stable.

COIRE FIBRE
(Long coarse fibres, which come from the inside of the coconut husk, used for the first layer of stuffing over springs.)

ANIMAL HAIR
(Consists of a mixture of hair from horses, cattle and pigs, twisted and heated to a high temperature to sterilize it. Very expensive, so only used as a finishing layer of stuffing.)

WEBBING
(Strips of woven material usually 50mm (2") wide, used to support the entire upholstered structure. Made from flax and cotton.)

GIMP PINS
(Thin tack in various colours for attaching gimp (braid)

TOOLS
i.e. Mallet, Webbing Stretcher, Regulator needles etc.

GIMP
(A narrow tape which comes in many designs and colours, used to cover tacks and rough edges).

CALICO
( A plain unbleached cotton cloth used for covering the padding before the final covering fabric is put on.)

SPRINGS
Double-cone springs of different sizes, for springing seats.

CASTORS
(An assortment of antique style brass and ceramic castors for chairs and tables etc.)

STAPLE GUN
( A quick method of securing fabric to the frame when not using tacks.)

BOILED LINSEED OIL
(Mixed in equal parts with malt vinegar and methylated spirits, makes a very useful cleaner and nourisher on old furniture. Will enhance the colour on stripped furniture as well. Must not be used on French Polished furniture as the Metylated spirits will start to remove the finish.)

METHYLATED SPIRITS


DRAWER HANDLES
( An assortment of antique style handles and fittings.)



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