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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: This chair survived a fire! on: June 05, 2008 07:55:31 PM
Thanks so much for all the nice comments!  I'm really happy with how it came out. 

I don't know a thing about it's history and the Danish Modern idea is really interesting.  I have a feeling it's a knock-off if it's anything, though.  The only thing I know for sure is that it's stamped "Made in Yugoslavia" on the underside. 

Maybe I'll take on Antiques Roadshow - and I can be the one who gets told "If you'd only left the original (half-removed) finish and the original pleather cushion covers, then this chair would be worth an obscene amount of money!"   Grin  (yeah, I'm a PBS geek!) 
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / This chair survived a fire! on: June 05, 2008 07:57:46 AM
This is my first post of something I've made.  I'm a serial Craftster lurker!  I was working on this chair anyways, and I decided this was as good a place as any for my first project post.  Smiley

The back story:  I found this chair at my MIL's house, buried under a pile of clothes, blankets, and pillows, and in desperate need of a make-over.  Turns out, the chair had been a favorite of my husband's and his brother's when they were kids.  It was one of the few pieces of furniture that survived their house fire about 10 yrs ago.  Probably due to the waterproof plastic leather cushions!  She said I could take it if I wanted it.  Since my DH loved it, I decided to refinish it rather than paint it.  He's a die-hard woodgrain lover.  But, wow.  Was that ever a lot more work!   

Here's the only before pic.  You can sort of see where my MIL had started sanding away the finish on the armrests.  It's covered with nicks and scratches on the frame, but amazingly, no water damage or anything.  And there's the plastic leather. 


Naked chair!  After refinishing but before the seat springs are back in:


Here's the new chair (DH thinks the fabric looks like a 70's bead curtain, but it's "Midwestern Modern" for a midwestern chair!):


It's actually an indoors chair but I did all the work out in the garage, hence the outdoors pics. 

Let me know what you think...  I think it's crying out for a pillow and an ottoman - sounds like good 'next projects'! 

Thanks for looking! 
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flower Purse on: June 05, 2008 07:07:57 AM
Great job!  I love both your fabrics.  I made a tote bag for my brother's g/f friend out of the same material.  I just used boring brown on the inside.  The dots are so much better! 
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Transformer's PJ's for my brother on: June 05, 2008 07:02:48 AM
"Transformers - More than meets the eye!"  My kiddos are too small to know about transformers - but I think my husband would like a pair.   Wink   Good idea on the matching shirt!   
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Daisy Dress on: June 05, 2008 06:58:34 AM
yay for happy dresses!  yours is like a summer day.   Smiley 
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: I wanna be a hippie.... on: May 20, 2008 07:13:32 PM
I love it.  Great little applique touch on the dress!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Amy butler fat quarters w/ chenille (with pix!) on: May 16, 2008 04:30:42 PM
what a pretty quilt!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to make for a new mum (or three)? on: April 27, 2008 06:53:47 PM
I loved hooded towels for my kiddos.  We still use ours, and my oldest is 4 now.   Smiley

And I totally agree with pj's for mama!  Maybe some comfy, pretty lounge pants... 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: peacock skirt on: April 26, 2008 08:59:52 AM
Wow.  love it, love it, love it! 
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: serger-what for? on: April 26, 2008 07:42:15 AM
I have a serger as well, and I'm learning to love it!  It is a little frustrating to get started with, especially the threading.  But I've started using mine on kids clothes, and I love it for rolled or overlocked hems. 

I got mine as a hand-me-down from my stepmother.  When she gave it to me, she threaded each looper and needle with the thread color matching each dial (on my machine they are red, green, yellow, and blue).  She took white scrap cloth and did some examples of several common stitch settings (overlock, flatlock, rolled).  By using the different colored thread, I could see where each thread ended up in the final stitch.  I have kept that cloth as a guide.  So now, when my settings are wrong, I can look at that white cloth to figure out which looper or needle needs to be adjusted.  That's been really helpful for me, and I would recommend doing something like that as well until you get used to using the serger.
 
Good luck!     Smiley
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