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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Exotic...Tessie's Word... Not Mine

This is the back of the chair... I have finished the weaving.  Now comes the long, dreary part.  I have to make enough braid for an army of chairs and put it all on this one.

Every edge on the chair will have braid on it.  Edge of the seat.  Edge of the bonnet.  Edge of the bottom.  Edge of the arms... and a smaller braid around the padded parts.  The feet will have to be wound into balls. 

And then I will have to make a seat cushion.  This thing is very time consuming. 

I think that it will have to have tassels hanging from the coils at the end of the arms, too.  Tessie said so!

There will be more shaping along the way, but you get the general idea.

The color of this one is hard to capture on film.  It is really more of a camel color.  After I finish, I will try to get a better photo.
Tessie is helping with the braiding... She has one end pinned to her apron.  I am at the other end braiding as fast as I can.  It is still going to be at least a couple of hours just for braid.  I want it perfectly flat and straight.  That takes more time. Each of the three strands have two pieces of thread and therein lies the problem... The two have to be lined up.

Anyway, I have to get back to work.  I want this finished by tomorrow.  I am going to be braiding in my sleep, if I am not careful. 

Back to the grindstone.  See you tomorrow.

5 comments:

The grandmommy said...

OMG this is beautiful. I wish I could take a class to learn to do this!

Hermannus Collenius said...

Not really exotic, but still lovely! Will the seat cushion be made of the same fabric?
And surely you'll need braid for the footstool, too...
Pernille.

miniaturista said...

Que el trenzado de tus sueños se haga realidad.
Bue trabajo.
Un abrazo
Maite

Karin Corbin said...

Most definitely a peacock chair. But rather than a full fan spread it is the shape of the individual feather with color in the center. I like it very much.
Once upon a time I spent a few months doing wicker repair in a shop that had a warehouse full of the authentic Victorian pieces.

Giac said...

Hello Casey,
It is worth all the work. It is a beautiful piece of furniture. Excellent work!
Big hug
Giac