Friday, August 10, 2012

The Front Door Makeover - Smallworks Moves In

Woodworker extraordinaire Andrew Berg's company Smallworks recently moved into our building.  He frames art, he builds out stores, he didn't invent the lightbulb, but he built for it the coolest stand.  

We called in New Bohemia Signs to add Smallworks name to our front door.  Hand painted in an afternoon, our snappy sign soon announced the newest tenant of 3320 18th Street.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fun Window Seat with Pillows by Ida Lauren Designs

The covers for this beautiful window seat were sewn by Lauren of Ida Lauren Designs.  Cushion Works made the cushion and pillow forms that are inside of the covers.

Construction Notes:  
The pillow covers have a strong graphic pattern and were cut straight to allow for Lauren's great pattern matching at the seams.  
The seat cushion's thickness was sized to fit snugly underneath the window trims.  We used a firm foam core with a polyester wrap on top and bottom which makes the cushion reversible.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Found! Girl in Box of Cluster Fiber

We hope that she didn't end up in a pillow!

(Thank You Audrey & Catlin)

Monday, June 4, 2012

How To Measure a Cushion - Depth, Width & Boxing

Depth - measurement from front to back
Width - measurement from side to side
Boxing - dimension of panel when measured from seam to seam

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bolster - Down/Feather envelope with a Foam Core

Step 1:  Make Down/Feather filled jacket (this is the hard part).
Step 2: Insert foam core.

Step 3:  Arrange foam so that it is snug inside of jacket.
Step 4: Zip it up!

One Down/Feather envelope with a foam core - Done!

Do you want one of your own . . . . . ? 
 Contact us for more information.

From The New Yorker

Friday, February 17, 2012

Wool Seat Cushions

Sometimes we are asked to manufacture a seat cushion that utilizes more “natural” materials which means no foam and no fire retardants.  Finding the right materials is a challenge given the strict fire code regulations we are required to follow in California.

Cotton is not an option because without a fire retardant treatment it is flammable.  Down and feather, although naturally fire dampening, is much too soft for most people when used as the sole component of a seat cushion.  100% natural latex does not meet California fire codes.

Spring unit and a roll of wool batting.

Wool however is both naturally fire dampening and can also provide good support in a seat cushion.  We construct our wool cushions two ways. We use either a spring core that is wrapped with wool batting or we can make a solid wool cushion.  Either construction is very full and round.  You can see in the pictures the relative distance between the boxing measurment on the cover and the much higher crown in the middle.

We will wrap the spring unit with several layers of wool. 

Spring/Wool or Solid Wool cushions have a very high crown. 

In the spring core / wool wrapped cushion, we build a spring unit and then wrap it with wool batting until we have buried the edginess of the spings.  Springs are available in in different guages which can be soft, medium or firm.

Solid Wool Cushion
Also, wool on it’s own can be layered to make a firm, fluffy cushion.