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Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Mind of Its Own.....

As you probably already know, when I do wicker pieces, I just start working and let the piece talk to me as I go. Once in a while I sit down and sketch something, but not often.

As I am working on this chair, it is telling me that it doesn't want to be a rocker. So I tried, but it is rebelling.

I worked on it all afternoon yesterday and more this morning. It argued with me until I decided that it wanted to be a more modern, low slung easy chair.

Once I let it do what it wanted, we got along just fine.

Pay no attention to the date on the bottom of the chair...As I said, I sometimes cut a bunch of forms and drill them all at once. That way, when the mood strikes, I can just jump in and do the fun part.

I took the photo of the upside down chair so that you could see that the sides and back go straight down from the seat.

Here's the front. This is how the front roll looks.

When I get down even with the bottom of the seat piece, I do a couple of rows of loops all of the way around. That puts a finish at the top of that area.

I went down a ways with plain weaving and then did it again. In order to get the corners to point down, I started at each corner and worked out over one more stitch on each side of the corner until I got to the middle of the side.

Here you see the side arm section. I am doing the curves one section at a time to fill in the scallop.

I have decided that as soon as I finish this chair, I am going to do an easier, step by step rocker so that people that are interested can follow along and learn. So, if you can hang in there a couple more days until I finish this one, I will get to that. For people just starting out, I would recommend size 10 thread. It is what most people use at that stage. Size 20 takes a lot longer to do and is more difficult to work with.

Back to the chair at hand. Tessie curled up in it last night and slept there. I guess that she approves so far.

When I asked her why she did it, she replied, "I'm just protecting what's mine!"

I have finished filling in the scalloped area and now I have to go on to finish the arms, one at a time and then the back...This is done with one continuous thread.

I am not a fan of tying in new threads and using a lot of glue.

Anyway, I will at least have all of the weaving done by tomorrow. Maybe I will even get to the upholstery, if I can get Tessie to go sit somewhere else whilst I do it..

Wish me luck.

See you tomorrow.


Kathi said...

Wow. I can't believe how much you have done already! It's looking great!
Tell Tessie to go take a nap in her pretty bed while you weave. Maybe Spike can keep an eye on you for her?
Surely Zar wouldn't want a fancy chair like this!? Maybe a black or brown one, but not this one! It's too pretty!

Browny said...

I love the way you did the front bit of the bottom of the chair. I will have to have a try of that, I think it gives a nice neat finish. Im guessing you bend the wires all the way over before you start weaving

Maria said...

That's going to be a very nice chair, i can see already.

Caseymini said...

Browny, No. I bend as I weave. The part that is woven bends more evenly than the individual wires. Hang on for the next tutorial. I will go through it step by step.

dale's dreams said...

This is going to be great. :)

Cote said...

que maravilla!! Felicidades

Kristin said...

could you tell us what we'll need so we can be ready? I know you have but, all at once?

Caseymini said...

It is difficult to teach something like wicker on line. I will be doing the simplest of chairs and really one that will just get people to understand how to do it. I will post a list. Probably tomorrow.

Kristin said...


Browny said...

Thank you Casey I look forward to it.

Fabiola said...

It looks fantastic.
Bye Faby

Lotte said...

You are amazing. The rocker chair is stunning! Love it.

ANGELES said...


jeanuhlik said...

As always, can't wait to see what happens tomorrow... Gently pick her up and put her on your pillow...

Pepi said...

Maravilloso trabajo.