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Monday, July 15, 2013

495 Holes later.....

Thank goodness for the old Dremel Mighty Mite.  It is about 25 years old, but keeps plugging along.  I drill the larger holes with a pin vice, so it's not all free and easy to do. 36 by hand and the rest by machine.  I guess that's what you call a rechargeable drill.

We spent most of the morning playing with Amare and April. He is into garbage trucks and we watched those on U Tube for a while.  Yes.  Believe it or not, there are videos for the fans of garbage trucks.  I even have a game that he plays on the iPad.  He's not two yet, but already into video games and does pretty well at it. 

Of course, as soon as Tessie saw what I was doing this morning, she had to help and then claim that they were hers because she did five minutes of stuffing wires in little holes.  Actually, at 55 wires to a chair, I will let her help anytime. 

I am not saying that she gets all of the chairs though.

I was digging through some of the wicker books looking for ideas.  This is a page out of my favorite.  It is a book put out by a weaving company in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1925.

I got really lucky and found it in a thrift shop for a dollar.  I have learned a lot from it and lots of tips and tricks.

This particular page is the color combinations in which they made their chairs.  I have seen only a few that have the original colors like this.  some are pretty wild.

I guess I am not so far off when I make Halloween chairs in black and orange...That was one of their combinations...Middle of the list, called Oriole.

I need to do some dying of thread also.  I am pretty much out of the colors that I use.  I am tired of ecru and tan...Need some color.  I will probably stick to browns and dark greens.  Those seem to be the colors that have stood the test of time.

Anyway, its time to go see what other kind of trouble I can get into, before the day is through.

See you tomorrow.


Lucille said...

You are so patient and determined, Casey! So many holes! It must be cute to see your little grandson playing with those video games. They're so cute at that age! He must love going to Grandma's house!

azteclady said...

I do not often comment, but I want to thank you for being so generous in sharing what you do, how you do it--and of course, for sharing Tessie with us.

Thank you.

12Create said...

I love miniature wicker work. Look forward to seeing your chairs.

Giac said...

Hello Casey,
That is an insane amount of work but it will all be worth it. May I ask you a question: what type of wood do you use when you make furniture?
Big hug,

Caseymini said...

Giac, I yes walnut or cherry for the bases of the wicker. Bass is too soft for all of the holes so close together. I won't weave all of the chairs at once. I just like having that part done if the mood hits me to weave.

Fabiola said...

I like your wicker work.
Greetings, Faby

Steinworks said...

I keep saying I never want to learn how to weave but the more I come back here the more I want to give it a try..seems pretty easy once you follow the directions (which I never do)