Kim Ravenscroft


Kim restored her first piece of furniture to its Former Glory in 1981. It was a beautiful figured walnut glass display cabinet that was given to her by an Aunt in the 1960's

It needed a lot of work because when it was given to her, as a proper "fashionista" would, Kim decided it was too drab and brown, so she painted it with white emulsion...when she was aged seven.

The older and wiser Kim soon discovered that to undo her childhood fashion statement and return the cabinet to its original condition would be both a labour of love and a steep learning curve. It was to be the beginning of a lifelong love affair with reclaiming, restoring and recycling in general.

Many years of studying and experimentation later, in 1993 she became a full time restorer of antiques specialising in woven seating. She has written a variety of instructional papers, made three tuition DVDs and still restores and weaves full time creating many original works.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about being a mum on a severe budget, think I've still got the paperwork somewhere.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The prospect of a new challenge usually, it might be the latest restoration job I'm working on or sometimes it'll be the thrill of compiling the next set of instructions and photos for a DIY book. Either way it's usually something to do with work!
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Where to find Kim Ravenscroft online

Where to buy in print


How To Restore A Hand Woven Cane Chair Seat
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Antiques & Collectibles » Care & restoration, Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
How to replace a broken cane seat in a chair. A comprehensive fully illustrated diy guide for beginners clearly explaining every part of the six way weaving process. Written by a professional restorer, tried and tested for many years in paper form, this guide has helped thousands of people restore and recycle loads of furniture that may otherwise have been dumped!

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