This summer I told you all of my big plan to embroider fabric for a slipcover for a chair I picked up at a junk shop. I've made some progress although not as much as I would like. Things have been busy with markets, sheep, puppies, and workshops.
As with anything I design, there are always changes along the way. My original plan was to decorate the circles and ovals with stitches similar to my Circles Sampler Pillow Project shown below. (Purchase info at end of post.)
Once I got stitching, mostly at the Farmers Market, I was less than enthusiastic with the results of decorating the ovals with lots of colors. I kind of lost interest in the project because I wasn't happy with how it was looking. There was something about the bright colors that I didn't think I was liking for covering the chair.
My friend Liz had recommended a decorating book to me called A Living Space by Kit Kemp. Kit is a British design and hotel owner. She also has a line of furniture at Anthropologie. (Love this chair!) I ordered the book and have spent hours pouring over it. Gorgeous decorating and ideas. It was just the thing I needed to re-inspire The Chair Project.
Here is a detail of the fabric. (An aside - notice the wool felted fabric that Kit uses for upholstery. To die for except not for our farmhouse and all the cats.)
Enter my call from the county courthouse! A few weeks ago, I spent 5 hours in one place - jury duty. Knitting needles were not allowed according to the voice recording but nothing was said about sewing needles. I put together my supplies. The guard took my kids scissors - not sure why. They were blunt point and couldn't hurt a fly.
Armed with my new inspiration, I stitched for 5 hours at Jury Duty. It isn't often that I am stuck in the same place for that long with no distractions.
I'm happy with the progress - I free-stitched with dark brown lines around the ovals and the circles making a wonky undulating design. And then I spilled coffee on it at the Farmers Market. Ugh. Not too bad - look close - you can barely see it. I will keep working on it and wash it when I am done.
Not sure what I am going to do with the circles and ovals. My plan right now is to remove the bright colored bits of stitching. Then I'm not sure where I will go with the design. Hope you are enjoying the progress photos - even if they are spread out over time.
A kit and a PDF Download for the Circles Sampler are available on my website. Links below:
Circles Sampler Kit - $46.00 - includes pure linen fabric, chenille needle, and all wool thread
Circles Sampler Pillow Pattern PDF - $13.00