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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Slowly But Surely.....

Now I remember why I don't do more Chesterfields! The tufting on this thing is taking me forever, plus a day and a half...

I got the seat cushion finished yesterday. That meant only the back and the arms to go. However.....The back is half again as big as the seat. And the arms are two thirds the size of that.

I played with the pattern until I had all of the pieces fitting correctly....Then I had to cut it down a bit at the corners to allow for the thickness of the suede and the stuffing.Be aware that the pattern pieces don't allow for this. Every sofa that you make will differ in thickness, so this is just a general guide to work with.


After working on it for hours, I have the back and one arm tufted.I have them in place, but the seat is still movable. I have to wait until the other arm is done before I can finish the seat. I still have to stain the bun feet and put them on, so it sits a bit low still.

There may be a pause in the proceedings. Tessie broke a knee this morning....That means full leg replacement. Serious operation. That's why she isn't jumping around. Usually, by now, she would be bouncing up and down on the sofa to see how the pogo stick works on that particular surface.

That will have to wait until both she and the sofa are in better shape. I think that Tessie comes first. I will get right on that....You know what's coming next. She never consents to one of these operations without a new outfit. It has to be the contract in writing, in triplicate and notarized.

I guess that I had better get back to work. It is going to take a while to fix her knee(and sew her dress). She is insisting that I do it right away. She doesn't have a leg to stand on.....Literally.


See you tomorrow.

13 comments:

Merri said...

Yes, the tufting is a lot of work, but you will have an amazing piece of furniture after it's done! Thanks for doing this tutorial for us, Casey!

MiniKat said...

I'm filing this under: when I find time for my own minis again. Thanks for the the tutorial!

I hope Tessie feels better soon. Broken knees are no fun, mini person of full-sized person.

Kathi said...

Oh dear. Poor Tessie. Please give her a tiny little hug for me...
I guess a little kiss would be out of the question, huh?

Jean Tuthill said...

The sofa is coming along nicely, it'll be well worth the wait and the work. I hope Tessie is up and hopping around soon...

Troy said...

looks great so far. I can't wait to see the finished product.

-P- said...

Oh, poor Tessie! But she'll have a gorgeous chesterfield to lay and recover on! Maybe it's just good for her to calm down a bit.. And, where do you find all the patience you seem to have?

Susanne said...

Thanks for the tutorial, Casey, and I hope that Tessie is getting better soon. That poor thing, I guess it must be very difficult for her not to be able to move much ;-)
Love, Susanne

Lucille said...

The Chesterfield is looking good. It certainly seems to require patience, though! As for our poor, dear Tessie, please tell her that I am sending her a virtual mug of bug beer as an after surgery refreshment!

jeanuhlik said...

Awww, schucks!! Sorry to hear that Tessie is laid up. Don't you miss her up to her little bits of trouble? The Chesterfield is looking great! Huggs and a big sloppy MaMa "fix-the- booboo" kiss on her knee.

Miniatures by Natalia said...

Oh, poor Tessie! and I wanted to say "happy feet on the sofa". Hope you will take care of her soon. Sofa looks already great!

carmen said...

cuida de Tessy, es lo primero

The Old Maid said...

Love it! GREAT work Casey!
And I hope Tessie will feel better soon!

Nina said...

Oh no - poor Tessie! I hope she gets well soon!