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.