For our first projects, Laura and I showed up with what seemed, to us, like freakishly similar footstools. Similar in size, both with Queen Anne legs. Neither anything to write home about. Turns out they have almost nothing in common. Mr. Teacher pulled Laura's legs out by their dowels right off the bat, and pointed out that mine are integral to the frame. That was just the beginning ...
You saw my stool in its "before" state a couple posts ago. The picture above is it again, once I'd removed all the layers of fabric, polyester fiber, foam and "cotton" (which is literally layers of raw cotton fiber matted together for stuffing). The foam was shot, and you can see the burlap over the springs was fairly useless, but the edge-roll was in good shape. Mine has zigzag springs that are also in good shape:
So I removed the edge-roll, stretched on a new layer of burlap and replaced the edge-roll:
I had to get a new piece of foam cut after class, so this is pretty much where mine stands, except that there's a new layer of cotton over the burlap, filling in the space bordered by the edge-roll. Which means next week I'm on to muslin and then fabric. (And what will that be? I'll save that debate for another post. You might need to vote.)
Laura's is a whole 'nother story. Where I had staples, she had tacks. (Billions of them.) Where I had zigzag springs, she had hand-tied coils. Where I had a foam edge, she had a burlap edge. Beneath the outer layer of velvet was a layer of cotton. Then muslin, then "hay," then burlap. By the time she removed everything, what she had was a wooden box with springs hanging out of it! Which meant the next step for her was to replace the webbing that holds the coils in place. Next week she'll be re-tying the coils.
So far, we're learning a lot more from her project than from mine