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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Men of Skyros Chair Panel One

Stitching the first finished panel on to the chair cover was an exercise in pinning, adjusting, repinning - and manipulating a lot of fairly bulky fabric under the sewing machine and over the chair. Originally I intended to stitch the embroidered panels on to the chair itself, but changed my mind and bought a cream cover for the chair, with a view to stitching the panels to the cover. I'm glad I did this - more secure than hand-stitching to the chair, and much easier for cleaning.

I didn't take photos of the process - couldn't really see what to photograph that would show anything but bundles of fabric. Ironing was also a bit of a waste of effort - impossible to manipulate the bulk without creasing again. I'm counting on the fabric straightening itself as I use the chair.

I figure if I were never to finish the chair, the single panel looks OK.

However, I am inspired to keep going, so have traced up the next panel, to go to the left when sitting in the chair. This time I have used pencil rather than archive pen. More men coming up!

8 comments:

katherine said...

They look fantastic Jillian. I have enjoyed seeing your progress of the men and look forward to seeing some more. It is going to make a beautiful chair cover and I am glad you are doing the sides as well as the back.

Jillian said...

Thanks Katherine. I think I'll last the distance - I can always switch stitches!

margaret said...

the chair looks great Jillian and wow what a wonderful piece it will be when the seat and arms are done as well, will you be putting a cover over them when you sit on it I wonder to keep it pristine

Jillian said...

Thanks Margaret. No, I don't intend putting a cover on it. In the sewing/craft room it shouldn't get rough wear. I might spray it with upholstery preserver and I can remove the cover to clean it.

Monica said...

OMG, I think my comment was eaten by the system. If you got it, please don't post this one. If you didn't, I'll just say again how much I like this chair! It's very inspirational.

Jillian said...

So glad you like it, Monica. I'm pretty happy with it too. I often have trouble posting comments using blogger - usually freezing but sometimes comments disappearing into cyberspace. Didn't get your first one, but thanks for persevering.

Lyn Warner said...

It looks lovely, but I'm not sure I'd want to actually sit on it after all that work. Do keep going. It will be wonderful to cover the whole chair!

Jillian said...

Thanks Lyn. I think I'll enjoy using the chair when it's finished. I like making useful items and get pleasure sitting in the chair now.