Bespoke Upholstery Fabric

Hand-woven by the River Thames

The Perfect Bespoke Fabric for your Upholstery

Nothing matches the luxury of a beautiful bespoke fabric, woven especially for you and your furniture. I work to commission for customers all over the world, weaving fabric by the metre to make your custom upholstery truly unique and special. I have worked with many interior designers, received numerous awards and had my work featured in the Tate Shop.

There's no rush with the commissioning process. I work with you to ensure we create exactly the fabric you want, both in terms of pattern and colour, and in being suitable for the use that your furniture will require, allowing you to create beautiful upholstered items which you will treasure for years to come.

Bespoke Upholstery Fabric Example

BEFORE: A client brought an antique chaise longue. It was a beautiful piece of furniture but had been upholstered with three mismatched fabrics, all of which were worn and faded. It was definitely in need of some serious attention to restore it to the state it deserved.

Chaise longue with old fabric before reupholstery. Long view. Chaise longue with old fabric before reupholstery. Close up of left side. Chaise longue with old fabric before reupholstery. Close up of right side.

FABRIC DESIGN: We began by looking at various period styles and fashions to create a fabric that would not only look good but would be authentic to the original period of the furniture. After creating various samples for the client to compare, they decided on a three-tone brown textile in linen, suitable for the light to moderate use they expected.

The bespoke upholstery fabric being created on the loom Bespoke upholstery fabric with reels of thread Bespoke upholstery fabric with reels of thread

AFTER: The brown and beige tones in the fabric create an elegant and sophisticated feel to the furniture, bringing out the beauty of the mahogany and giving this beautiful item a new lease of life.

The bespoke upholstery fabric being created on the loom Bespoke upholstery fabric with reels of thread Bespoke upholstery fabric with reels of thread

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Commissioning Bespoke Upholstery Fabric

Commissioning a bespoke fabric is an easy and enjoyable process, ensuring you receive a fabric which is beautiful, unique to you, and perfectly suited to its intended use.

We begin with hand-woven samples

I weave your fabric at the loom

The finished article is delivered to you

Designing your Fabric

It all starts with a discussion. You might already know what fabric you want me to create, or you might need some guidance. Maybe you have an existing fabric you want to work from, or maybe you just have a few colour ideas. No problem, I will work with you to design your perfect fabric. We can speak over phone and email, or if you're within travelling distance of London, we can arrange a meeting at my shop.

Creation of Samples

Once we discussed your project and I have received your deposit, I create hand-woven samples which I send to you for discussion as we hone in on your perfect feel and pattern. There's no need to rush this process - I normally make at least 4-6 samples and we keep working until we have exactly the fabric you want.

Weaving and Delivery

It normally takes me 2-3 weeks to weave a bespoke fabric, obviously taking longer the greater length of fabric you require. Then the fabric is finished by steam ironing and folding and sent to you. I can also provide gift wrapping and boxes, and a certificate of authenticity.

Please note I only create the fabric and do not offer upholstery services!

I'm waiting to discuss your requirements

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Doreen Gittens

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    Bespoke Upholstery Fabric FAQ

    Why buy bespoke upholstery fabric?
    Having upholstery fabric made bespoke to your specifications allows you to create something unique and special, with fabric in exactly your choices of colours and patterns, created to suit your item of furniture perfectly.
    How long does it take to create bespoke fabric for upholstery?
    From first discussions to finished article it typically takes 2-3 months to weave bespoke fabric for one item of furniture, depending on the length of fabric that you need. I can give you an accurate idea of how long it will take when we are discussing your fabric.
    Is your fabric completely hand-woven?
    Yes! I am one of the only people in the UK hand-weaving bespoke fabrics for upholstery, and have been doing so for over 25 years. I have an MA in textile design from the University of Edinburgh, my work has won numerous awards and been featured in the Tate Shop.
    How much freedom do I have with colours, patterns and materials?
    Anything that is possible to weave on a loom I can create for you, so you can use any colours or patterns you like. I will create hand-woven samples in the early stages until you have exactly the colour and pattern you desire, and I can also work from Pantones. The only restriction on materials is ensuring the materials used are suitable for the level of use you expect of your furniture.
    What are the best materials for upholstery fabric?
    Natural fibres such as silk, cotton, wool and linen are the preferred materials for upholstery fabric.
    Is the expected use of the furtniture important?
    Yes, very important. We have to ensure the fabric is durable enough for its intended use. An item which is used only occasionally can be upholstered in a more luxurious fabric such as silk. We will discuss the best materials to use in the early stages of designing your fabric. I can also create fabrics to rub test specifications.
    Is your fabric fire resistant?
    All my fabrics can be supplied with a fire-retardant coating.