I began last night to make a seat cushion for the little chair. So far, so good.
I began by drawing the outline of the seat pad on to hessian and then cutting it out allowing approximately 2 inches all round for turning. The cut edges are folded over to the front side and I am prodding through the layers to secure them.
It’s a bit of a pain working through multiple layers at the corners and the cut edge tends to fray annoyingly, but this method does make a good edge without bulky corners.
This child’s chair has been handed down through our family for many generations. I have a photo taken in about 1902/3 of my great great grandmother surrounded by her grandchildren. One of the children is my grandfather, aged about 5 or 6, wearing a sailor suit. On the right of the photo his little girl cousin is sitting in this chair.
We think the chair began life as a child’s high chair, as there are holes through the arms for a security bar. The cover on the seat pad is faded and worn but I don’t want to replace it as that is part of its history. What I am going to do is make a rugged seat pad to fit it – so watch this space, folks!
I’m busy making a crochet rag rug from an old sheet and some caravan curtains bought in a charity shop.
I tear the materials into 2 inch wide strips and join the strips together, winding them into a ball. I use a 7mm crochet hook. This may seem like a small size hook for the thickness of the “yarn” but it does work as you only need it to pull the yarn through. The stitches are worked much more loosely than in normal crochet. It’s quite hard on the hands but I’m gradually getting better at it.
If you are interested in crocheting rugs with fabric this book, “Crocheted & Fabric Tapestry Rugs” by Diana Blake Gray is very informative. (I think I found my copy on Amazon).
Tiller dangler commission
This little number was tied yesterday as a commission for a couple of boater friends who wanted a decorative piece of ropework to adorn the tiller arm on their narrowboat. Here’s a second photo to show how it will look on the tiller arm.
Dangler attached to tiller pin
This was tied in 5mm white synthetic cord and measures 27 cm long. “One I made earlier” in 4mm cotton cord is a bellrope for the doorbell outside my neighbours’ house.
The lovely old house we live in was originally a pub and dates back to the early 1800’s. My daughter and I have been researching its history and an interesting discovery is that the pub was called “The Railway” and nicknamed “The Flying Horse” by the locals. I like the sound of this address, so here’s the first post from The Flying Horse.
After the success of the workshop last Sunday and completing and delivering another commission on Tuesday, I’ve taken a short break from rugging to make more of the little lacy mittens for my craft stalls and for sale at Tiddleyworks at http://www.folksy.com/shops/rozzynanty. The black ones are becoming very popular – I’ve taken commissions for 3 pairs in the last couple of weeks.
Black lacy gloves detail
Blue denim fingerless goves
Our workshop yesterday 8th March was a great success!
Thankyou to the lovely participants, Kate, Natasha and Sue. I am so pleased you enjoyed the day and I’d love to see photos of the finished projects….
Bags and bags of materials!
Only a week to go before my next proddy workshop here at 12 Barton Turns, so I’m busy preparing all the fabrics. There are still a few places left – give me a call on 0792 151 5320 or contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us.