Welcome to the Sew Much More Podcast! The interviews here are with creative business owners, mostly in the Custom Window Treatment, Soft Home Furnishings, and Upholstery industry, but also with others that are sewing related or business related.
Polly Waite is
a classically trained and qualified upholsterer and furniture
restorer. She is a member of the Association of Master Upholsterers
and Soft Furnishing and has been working professionally in the
industry for over 12 years in her business, Pollyander. Polly comes from a background in design
and a family history in antiques. Since the training, she has been
using her trained eye to turn tired old chairs into one-of-a-kind,
coveted pieces. There have been many creative and challenging
commissions over the years; from double-decker buses, hand-made
cloud sofas for a festival, and countless treasured antique
restoration projects. Nothing has been too big, small, or strange
to be taken on with passion and skill.
When Polly isn’t busy sharing her skill, passion, and
knowledge with others, she’s putting her creativity and skills into
practice. You can normally find her in her studio creating
beautiful, one-of-a-kind chairs. She truly believes that chairs are
not just functional pieces of furniture but something that we have
an attachment to. When questioned on this she said “We all have our
favorite chair, that place we curl up in at the end of a long day,
our favorite reading spot, where we read to our children or
grandchildren and where we daydream of things to come. So you
see a chair is much more than a chair and I feel they should be
designed with this in mind. This is why I put so much thought,
love, and time into everything I make.” It is this passion and
skill that has made her a trusted member of The House Of Upcycling
and a mentor to future upcycle designers and upholsters.
An interview-style podcast with people in the Custom Window Treatment and Soft Home Furnishings industry. Ceil interviews business owners to find out their strengths, their challenges and advice they have for other business owners.