Ive been wanting to make something with our new outdoor fabric range, Outside In, for a little while now. And here it is in prototype form – the Cloth Deckchair in Spotcheck navy/white. The fabric is completely reversible ( I love this idea), waterproof and UV proof. And it’s woven rather than printed, using an acrylic yarn rather than a natural fibre. Ive wanted to do an outdoor range for years and the only way to do it was to work with synthetic fibres. And the really great thing is that it is woven locally. In Sydney. Yes there is a weaving mill in Sydney. Amazing. This means there are no freight costs to rack up ( many many outdoor fabric comes from overseas )
The whole deckchair idea was sparked other day when I found some of these deckchairs in Ikea (they’re called mysingo in store) that have 2 removable pieces of dowel that slide into the top and bottom hem of the fabric (the deckchairs I remember always had the fabric stapled onto the frame) These dowels mean that you can easily change the seat fabric – the sling, as it’s called. And that’s what got me thinking about making these slings out of my new outdoor fabric and selling them as a product. Very good, very good.
So go to Ikea and get yourself a mysingo ($39) and then buy the new sling from me. ( They will probably cost $80 – I’ll put them on line when I get the finished samples done next week) These slings are very easy to put on the chair by the way. Ive got a choice of patterns and colours and when Im sorted Ill put the whole lot on my shop and you can choose from there and I’ll be able to easily mail in the post.