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Group Project – Bohemian Wishing Chair (part two)

Hey, that chair is still looking a bit plain and ordinary.

It needs a little extra something…

How about some wings??

How about some wings?? (Sassita)

Still something missing. How about a naked lady machine embroidered and felted onto a linen cushion?

Still something missing. How about a naked lady machine embroidered and felted onto a linen cushion? (Julieta)

With a poem on the back...

With a bit of a Mary Oliver poem on the back…

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More Mary Oliver up the side rails. (Robbita)and a bit moreand a bit more

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And it needs our names on it. (Little embroidered tags by Bellita again.) And some braid around the edge with flowers (Lazzita)

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Joita, the birthday girl. Hooray!

A better view of the braid: from the front where the flowers bloom. (Lazzita)

A better view of the braid: from the front where the flowers bloom. (Lazzita)

That is one wacky chair!

That is one wacky chair!

And underneath, there’s a little cheeky bit. A collage.

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Collage by Kezzita, Robbita and Judita (me)

Happy birthday, Joita :-)

Group Project – Bohemian Wishing Chair (part one)

Here is a record of the ordeal that an op-shop chair went through to become a bohemian wishing chair for a bohemian friend turning 50. The painting bit was done by me. The other adornments were the work of the Sistas. Great fun. Not sure if the chair appreciated it.

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naked starting point

finishing point - very much embellished bohemian wishing chair

finishing point – very much embellished bohemian wishing chair

And here’s how it happened:

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after the 5 part prep treatment

Painting

How many changes of mind can a gal have? Boy what fun!

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Starting off rather pink – like a baby’s bottom

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nope… cooler

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add some bloomsbury leaf patterning

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Yellow ochre back rail, and green down the middle (Had to be neutral on the top rail as a backdrop for Kezzita’s crochet work… but kept getting tints sneaking in)

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Nope. Red and yellow sections on the uprights too obvious… back to nearly black with a teensy wee thread of red. Graduate the green between two shades. Add some cheery red flecks down the dusky uprights.

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Add some speedy red to the lower rails. Not sure if these will be covered with something, so will keep them plain, but a bit zingy.

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Top rail back to dusky beige. completely neutral…

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two tone legs. I think the chair is a kind of flamboyant antelope at this stage… And why not? I’ll hand it over to the other Sistas for the full treatment.

Magic slippers and beast legs by Bellita. Then top rail embellishment: sumptuous crochet by Kezzita

Kezzita in action. I'm loving those colours of wool and paint in front of the bookish backdrop :-)

Kezzita in action. I’m loving those colours of wool and paint in front of the bookish backdrop :-)

pause to smile :-)

pause to smile :-)

Here we see the beastly legs grrr

Here we see the beastly legs. grrrrowl.

Actually, too dark to see properly indoors. Move out the garden, hey?

Actually, too dark to see properly indoors. Move out the garden, hey?