Tapestry as upholstery: the challanges of conserving tapestry-covered seat furniture

Gill, K. (2006) Tapestry as upholstery: the challanges of conserving tapestry-covered seat furniture. In, Lennard, F. and Hayward, M. (eds.) Tapestry conservation: principles and practice. Oxford, UK, Elsevier, 113-122. (Butterworth-Heinemann Series in Conservation and Museology).


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Tapestry-woven chair covers are a feature on many eighteenth century interior design schemes. The treatment of these textiles requires understanding and integration of the distinct specialisms of textile conservation, tapestry conservation and upholstery conservation. This paper includes a systematic comparison of four support stitching patterns with regard to their visual effects, their effectiveness in providing support and the time taken to implement them. The results of this research are important to the heritage sector, where conservation is required to meet the sometimes conflicting challenges of preservation and public access with limited budgets.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 0750661844 (hardback)
Keywords: upholstery conservation; seat furniture; couching patterns; support stitching; stitching trials; stitch spacing; top covers
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Art
ePrint ID: 37696
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Date Deposited: 25 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:06
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/37696

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