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Friday, November 25, 2011

Long Live Rock and Roll!!!

At the present, Tucson Museum of Art is featuring a show called "Who Shot Rock and Roll?". Since Walter had the day off, we went down to see what it was about. It consists of photos, candid and posed of rock and roll from 1955 to the present. Very interesting. Some I would love to have hanging in my house. Some others, not so much.

While Walter was intent on seeing the photos, I wandered off a couple of times into other galleries because something caught my eye elsewhere. Leave it to me to see this out of the corner of my eye and run for it.

It is a Chinese Ancestral Shrine, about the size of a Barbie house. It was beautifully carved and real tiles on the roof. Unfortunately, all we had to take the photo was Walter's cell phone.

Wouldn't this make a wonderful backdrop for Chinese miniatures?

When we got home, Tessie was ready to make me feel guilty for taking a couple of days off from miniatures. I walked in and there she was, sitting in a half finished wicker chair on the thread that it would take to finish it.

I ignored her and went to eat leftover turkey lunch. Then there was no excuse.

I booted her out of the chair.
Here you can see how far along I was in the weaving. Not very....

I had the front edge woven and turned down. I had done some experimental open work and even wrapped the legs and finished the bottom edge.

Here, I am starting the first row of the top. I always do two rows of overhand loop stitches to start, just like a lot of the real chairs have. It looks much better than when you just start weaving.

I though you might like to see the positioning of my hands. I support the wires with my index finger and hold the chair with the rest. That way there are less bent wires to contend with.

In the last photo, you can see what progress I have made so far this afternoon. I don't think that I am going to be doing many more of these. Personally, I prefer working with either natural or darker colors. The white can't be worked with bee's wax. It discolors the thread after a while. And believe it or not, I find the open work more fiddly to work with. You have to hold the crosses in place whilst wrapping them. You have to hide threads in places and you keep having to tangle and untangle wires when you cross them. It's easy enough, just not really much fun.

I think that Tessie should let me off easy. After all, it's a holiday weekend and I want to do something fun. Hmmm.... Pumpkin pie with whipped cream sounds like much more fun than weaving a chair...Maybe if I offer Tessie a piece too, she will consider a pardon for good behavior.

See you tomorrow.


Lucille said...

That looks like very fiddly work to me, Casey. All that intricate weaving around those little wires. There are so many of them! You certainly are very, very patient. Hope you enjoyed your pumpkin pie with a huge dollop of whip cream. Yum, yum, yum! You're making so hungry!

dale's dreams said...

The patience you have to work with the wicker furniture! :)

Lataina said...

Casey, that's such a pretty design! =)

Weavin' Wicker Woman said...

Hi Casey,

I've done some wicker miniatures before in the past and have been repairing adult sized wicker for over 35 years now, and absolutely LOVE your wicker tutorial here on your blog!

Actually, I love your blog and the characters so much, you will be the subject of my "Featured Friday" blog post tomorrow on May 18, 2012. So happy I found your blog through a Google Image Search.

The Wicker Woman -- Cathryn Peters