Kay Gieseking has had plenty of experience matching beautiful patterns, even before she began leading the sewing department at McKinnon and Harris. After running her own highly acclaimed upholstery shop for twenty years, Kay developed a love for the challenging work that comes along with fine fabrics - particularly matching the often intricate patterns and handwork required to seamlessly display these designs across their cushion canvases.
McKinnon and Harris veteran seamstresses Tram Thi and Truc Thi are also known throughout the workshop for their skilled pattern matching and handwork abilities. It isn't always easy to find individuals that have mastered this difficult skill. As Kay explains, "one of the biggest challenges of running my own shop was finding trained employees, so the opportunity to join and lead a team with so much talent has been wonderful."
Pattern matching upholstery is much more difficult than simply matching up two pieces of fabric and stitching the edges together. More fabric is required to create a seam and the seams must then line up across the top, front, sides, and even across multiple cushions. The sewing team at McKinnon and Harris uses a continuous boxing technique, eliminating the need for multiple seams and perfect for highly complex pattern matching.
Andie Owen has been a part of the sewing team at McKinnon and Harris for nearly two years and speaks to the mentorship opportunities working closely with a team of such advanced skill can provide. She says, "everything I've learned about pattern matching I've learned from Truc, Tram, and Kay. They are great at teaching others and keeping the tradition of handwork alive and well."
The McKinnon and Harris cushion workroom loves the pattern matching challenges that come with our designer clients' unique and and artistic visions!