Sally Nencini 'Mayo Chair'
I re-upholstered this lovely little 1940's chair and re-waxed the wood. For the top cover I machine stitched the leaf outline and then hand embroidered the inner leaf. I call it the 'Mayo Chair' as I did the hand work in Mayo, west Ireland, and it somehow reminds me of there.

Sally Nencini 'Come To Life Chair'
This is a family collaboration as it is a poem written by Sadie Nencini age 8, Peter designed the layout and design of the words and I hand embroidered the type onto a vintage french hemp sack. The chair was reupholstered with fibre and felt and a newly sprung seat.

Shadow Chair 1
Here I re-upholstered the armchair with fibre and horse hair and re sprung the seat and back.I machine embroidered the top cover using an image of autumn branches. I projected the black and white image onto the chair so it destorted over the seat and arms and followed the outline of the shadow with a stitched line.

Shadow Chair 2
This is done in a similar way but using an image of maple leaves, the fabric is a hemp linen blend.

Sally Nencini 'Tuft Chair'
This was Granty's chair and had been upholstered in brown velvet and foam. I striped it back to the frame and re upholstered it using traditional methods (horse hair and fibre)and recovered it in this vintage linen/silk stripe. Using matching coloured embroidery thread I hand tufted the front arm scrolls and did a running stitch in sections at the back, arms and sides.

Sally Nencini Screen
I striped and recovered this screen using a vintage printed fabric on the back. I took the images from the print of leaping dear, leaves and Aztec shapes, enlarged them and made a picture for the front of a big leaping dear kicking up leaves.I used a mixture of machine and hand embroidery and applique.Quite hard to see in the picture!

Sally Nencini 1950's stool
I picked this little stool up in a junk shop in Peckham and recovered it in this vintage fabric.


  1. Oh Sally! We so want to commission you to embroider some chairs for us one day. Stunning. All of your work!

  2. Thankyou so much!
    I am working on a few new things - should have some pictures in the next couple of weeks, x