Recently, our Atlanta area bloggers’ group met at Woodstock Market for a fun little outing. I have my booth at Woodstock Market, so it was fun to meet our group on “my turf.” The owners of the vintage mall did a great job of welcoming us. Please excuse the crummy pictures- all taken with my phone.
Karen Bennett, one of the store owners gave us the background of how the three ladies stepped out in faith to start the business.
Our group is all about diy, so we were excited about learning how to diamond tuft, compliments of Bob’s Upholstery. First decide the size of diamonds you want, then measure and mark them on the back of the plywood, starting at the center. Drill holes at the intersecting points.
These boards have 2-inch foam, covered with batting. On the front side, cut the padding on top of the holes, and cut slits radiating out the sides from where the outer holes are located.
Here is the trickiest part, at least to me. On the fabric, again starting in the middle, measure and mark where the buttons will go. You will measure the distance between holes, then add the depth of the foam padding twice. (You’re measuring up the first hole, across the top, and down the next hole to determine the total distance.)
Here is the fabric marked with the measurements. Again, sorry for the super blurry picture, but you get the idea.
Line up the center mark with the center hole and add the first button. There were a couple of other methods for attaching buttons, but the most secure seemed to be the traditional loooong needle and thread. Pull the thread through the back and staple in two directions to keep it from pulling loose.
Jill from Weathered Pieces gave the pronged buttons a try. Pushing those buttons down took a bit of muscle.
After all the buttons are placed, the fabric is neatly folded in pleats, all in the same direction. Those slits along the side are also for folding pleats. Vickie, owner of Bob’s Upholstery, is peeking over Jackie’s shoulder. Donna from My Sweet Things looks on.
Pull and straighten and fold the pleats and staple to the back. Then take a lunch break, ‘cause you earned it.
Ingrid served us a lovely lunch buffet at the Market Café inside the store. I always try to time my visits to eat there. My favorite is the chicken salad platter served on mixed greens, but the homemade pimiento cheese is awesome, too.
Thank you to all the sweet ladies who made the blogger meeting such a wonderful experience. I am glad to be a part of the Woodstock Market family.
UPDATE on Dad: Well, friends, I thought things were settling down and I could get back on schedule, but you may have noticed that I went awol again last week. I got a call from Dad on Monday morning that he was on the way to the emergency room with chest pain. I rushed to get dressed and meet him at the hospital (2 hours away). After much testing, we were told he has a blood clot in one lung. They believe most of the pain was actually from reflux, so we are thanking God for the pain that caused Dad to go to the e.r. The doctor told us that the blood clot was very serious and he could have died if he hadn’t come in. Anyway, after three days in hospital, he is home with a prescription for blood thinners that will dissolve the clot. I would appreciate your continued prayers for him. ♥