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The Art of Upholstery

I have a passion for all things vintage, antique, reclaimed, recovered and re-loved…anything with a good story, unique visual and interesting texture. If you also have a taste for unique, vintage or custom design, you're going to love it at Hiddenstitch in Saskatoon (I do!). Owner, designer and creatively inspiring woman, Ricki Skoretz opened the store in 2013, and she has been working with upholstery for over five years. She describes her work as "discovering the stories of salvageable furniture by reinventing the design and styling of each unique piece". Read on to join me (Susan) on a recent visit where she helped to reinvent something I almost threw in the garbage.

All photos by Tammy Boehmer of Boehmer Photography

#14 - 23rd St East, Saskatoon SK in the historical Fairbanks-Morse Building

#14 - 23rd St East, Saskatoon SK in the historical Fairbanks-Morse Building

Soothing rooibos tea from Citizen Cafe next door will help with this shopping experience.

Soothing rooibos tea from Citizen Cafe next door will help with this shopping experience.

Hidden treasures discovered through friends, families, neighbours, estate sales, thrift stores…and sometimes abandoned in back-alleys.

Hidden treasures discovered through friends, families, neighbours, estate sales, thrift stores…and sometimes abandoned in back-alleys.

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MidMod Vintage shares space with Hiddenstitch.

MidMod Vintage shares space with Hiddenstitch.

Along with carrying a variety of pieces available to purchase, Ricki also recreates your old furniture by adding your own personal flair to each item. This is exactly what I needed help with! Last year I bought a used car and I can only assume that the previous owner had a large dog who went hog-wild in the car at some point and chewed up the armrests, emergency brake handle, gear shift knob and windshield wiper lever. Poor thing, it must have been some kind of upset! 

I was able to replace almost everything except for the armrests. Dodge has discontinued the passenger side armrest for the 2004 PT Cruiser. I could get a new driver's side one but Dodge is content to leave the passenger unsupported…?! I knew that Ricki recovered furniture but I had no idea if she would be able to help me out with these armrests. Unlike Dodge, I like my passengers to feel supported ;-) Luckily for me, this woman's pretty much the local reigning queen of upholstery and she said yes without hesitation. 

She said yes! Thank goodness - I can swap out those ugly chewed up armrests for something adorable. Let's get started!

She said yes! Thank goodness - I can swap out those ugly chewed up armrests for something adorable. Let's get started!

First she cut off the old, chewed up end of the arm rest and glued on a big chunk of foam. 

First she cut off the old, chewed up end of the arm rest and glued on a big chunk of foam. 

Carved it down to size.

Carved it down to size.

I have zero DIY skills so watching an artisan at work is enthralling.

I have zero DIY skills so watching an artisan at work is enthralling.

It was hard to choose from all these beautiful fabrics. 

This is the one!

This is the one!

Upholstering ProTip from Ricki: staple from one side to the other and then front to back for the fabric to lie smoothly. 

Upholstering ProTip from Ricki: staple from one side to the other and then front to back for the fabric to lie smoothly. 

Snip snip

Snip snip

I wonder how many of our posts on Our Collective Muse involve glue guns…but I digress. 

Voila!

Voila!

I love my reinvented armrests with my own personal flair. Thanks so much, Ricki!  Ricki would love to hear from you if you're interested in checking out her shop, chatting about custom orders or taking a DIY class. Here's her website and Facebook page. Tell her you found her on Our Collective Muse. And please tell us all what you've recovered, reclaimed or re-loved in the Comments box below.

I love my reinvented armrests with my own personal flair. Thanks so much, Ricki! 

Ricki would love to hear from you if you're interested in checking out her shop, chatting about custom orders or taking a DIY class. Here's her website and Facebook page. Tell her you found her on Our Collective Muse. And please tell us all what you've recovered, reclaimed or re-loved in the Comments box below.

And a big squishy thank you goes to Tammy Boehmer of Boehmer Photography for providing all photos. 


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