OK. Here we go on the upper chair. Start where you started the bottom, in what is now the left hand corner...Yup. You heard me right. Once you turn the chair right side up. That's where it is. The two thread ends should be in the same place.
Straighten the wires as much as you can. Then start working from the outside as much as possible. You may have to work some rows from the inside, but it is much easier to see what you are doing from the outside.
This time you loop the thread around the first arm(leg)post once. You will have the thread coming out between the arm and the first wire on the inside if you did it right. Now go around the arm again and start looping on the outside towards the back of the chair. Go all the way around and when you get to the other arm, do a plain weave back across to the first arm. When you get there, do a second row of loops. This is officially your third row. Since you are now on the right side at the end of the row, that means that you do nine rows to get back to the starting point, where the thread is attached.
Always keep your starting point in mind. That will keep you on track. Next, you repeat the first three rows. Loop row. Plain row. Loop row.
Now for the fun part. This is the arched back section. Work six rows of plain weaving. Then, starting back across, go to the first spoke after the center one in the back.
Loop around it and go back to the first one on the other side. Loop around and go back across to one more on the other side. Keep doing one more stitch on each side until you reach the corner posts.
Then complete the row.
Weave back to the center +1. Loop around and do the whole series once more. Now you should have a nice arch in the back.
Now continue on and weave back to the starting point.
People are going to be seeing the chair from the inside, as well as the outside from here.
Sometimes it is nice to have the loops on both sides of the wicker. Inside and out.
It makes for a more lacy look, and is a handy method to know, even though you won't want to use it all the time.
Do a row of loop stitches going in one direction and then instead of doing the straight weave back, simply go around the arm post and do a row of loops from the opposite side.
Do the same thing a second time. That is the first row of double loops that you see above the curved back.
Go back to plain weaving for 8 to 10 rows and then do the double line of loops again.
After the loops, for the open area, do a line of wrapped wires that are five wraps each, starting with the front post. Be sure to wrap the thread so that the excess going from post to post is on the back of the chair.
Now, starting at the side that you end the wraps, do two of the front and back looped rows.
You can finish with eight rows of plain weave and then a row of loops, plain weave and loops.
On this particular chair, I went back to the center back and did the arch method all the way out to the fifth wire on each arm....That is, five more passes than the original arch. You only have to do it one time this time.
This gives the chair a bit more height. Lastly, I finished the top edge with a row of loops, a row of plain weave and a row of loops... Put white glue on the top edge of the last row of loops so that the thread won't slip off of the wires when you cut them.
If the thread does slip, just push it back on. This area will be covered......Tomorrow.
As soon as I got this far, the chair disappeared. Tessie zapped it to the front porch of Cordelia's house.
She says that I can have it back to finish when she gets done trying it out...
Mind you, there isn't even a cushion yet and she has a perfectly good, brand new rocking chair.
I am going to go try to pry her out of it so that I can show you how to do the trim and the upholstery. Wish me luck.
See you tomorrow.