Knitted Chairs by Melanie Porter

union_jack_chair.jpgMelanie Porter knits for furniture. This might seem odd when you first hear it, but cast your peepers over some of her purly pieces and you'll see why her work is selling at some of the fanciest furniture outlets in the world.

Melanie turned her knitting needles to furniture after 10 years working in knitwear design for several international fashion brands. She started off adapting antiques she found at auctions and markets, restoring them to shiny new life and then finishing them off by covering them in handknitted panels.

The fabulous thing is that Melanie restores, upholsters and knits it all herself. Which, as you well know being a crafty type yourself, makes it a real labour of handmade love.

A quick browse through Melanie's shop shows you that most of her comfty crafty seats cost over £1000 (though there is the £140 Otis for those with emptier pockets), but considering the work in each one it's a fair price. They're pretty much fit for royalty.

You can even commission a bespoke chair should you have a shabby antique that needs some stitching magic.

An excellent of example of crafty chic making things better.

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