Saturday, July 09, 2011

Scrap Happy

Do you remember awhile back when I wrote something about all those projects that keep piling up that we never get to? Well once again there is nothing like a deadline to blow the cobwebs off.

Next weekend I will participate in my first antique show since closing the shop and getting ready for it has been quite the undertaking. I am having a monumental purging moment so I literally hired movers to help me get the 10 large furniture pieces out of my house as well as half a garage full and another 18 large plastic tubs full of antiques. (and I still won't get to it all!!) There is something quite frightening about thinking you have priced the last of your stash then turning around and uncovering yet another box or suitcase full of stuff you collected from a flea market past. Egads... but what a fun sale it will be for you!

For nearly a year now I have stared at a plain, beige wing chair knowing full well what I wanted to do with it. Little by little I acquired old tablecloths, scraps of lace, embroidered doilies and finally (because of the upcoming sale)... got 'er done.

I can be a puritan when it comes to handcrafting something. Give me a needle and thread over the quick and easy glue gun any day, which was my intention in this case. But once I got started I could see a glue gun was the only way to complete this project. To be honest, hot glue holds a heck of a lot better than thread! This thing is indestructible!

Little by little rows of trim and lace were added to the base; measuring just how far a particular piece would go. Some were nice and stretchy making covering the curves easier and others were not, making it a bit more difficult to cover some areas.

I found this funky corset last year and knew immediately where it would go. And I have always been a sucker for suspenders, so why not add those too.

A large tablecloth was used to cover the entire backside.

I sewed a pocket here and there to insert a photo and every once in awhile when the pieces would not come together quite right, I camouflaged with a crocheted floret.

This will be for sale at the Schlepp Sisters Antique Event so come take a look. (But don't look too closely!) I'll post a larger, overall shot of this later but my house was filled with ugly tubs in the background!

The good side...

And while I was cleaning and pricing my own ironstone collection to sell, I finally did something else I had always wanted to do: patch a giant chip on one of my favorite bowls.

The bad side.

Occasionally I have stumbled upon a humble repair someone has done on a wooden bowl; you know the kind where they may have wrapped a piece of soft metal over a large crack and tacked it down. Or my favorite is when someone actually drills through the broken parts and wires them together- which I would have loved to do on this, but as you'll see, this is SO much easier!

I always loved this giant tureen but because of the large chip, no one ever bought it in the shop so I brought it home, turned it around on my shelves and filled it with seashells. But today, I decided to soften the broken edge with a patch of linen.

I frayed the edges on all four sides and glued down the fabric with Elmer's. Now if you want, a heavy duty clear, water resistant glue would be ideal and hold this forever, maybe even through washings- but do we really ever wash our ironstone displays much?! For me, this was just fine.

Tada! Ready for you to fill with anything your heart desires!
Hope to see you Thursday!


  1. Oh if I were just a little closer! That chair was wonderful! I could not take my eyes off of it. And I would have never thought to patch a crack in ironstone with fabric? It looks great! Hope you have a wonderful sale.
    Blessings,Becky R

    you did a great job Deb, as always

  3. What great ideas! That chair is a real conversation piece. You'll probably have it sold before it even hits the show. All your old flawed ironstone will get snapped up too. Talk about making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Of course, I kind of like a sow's ear but most people can't get past flaws.

    Wish I could attend your sale.

  4. I love seeing your projects! Wish I could go to the event and see more. Fabulous chair!

  5. oh my god!!! love the chair! the glue sounds better than sewing!!! i also loved the chip repair. hope you are havig fun! hugs Mary

  6. Spectacular chair...oh about inspiration! The wheels are turning in my head now for a much smaller project of my own! And I love the linen patch on your tureen...the chip didn't bother me but the patch shows a little extra love for such a lovely piece. Happy Sunday! :)

  7. Deb, that chair is awesome! I think that should be your new furniture line. Round Top antiquers would go crazy for it. Come and set up at the next show! I'll make room for you :)

  8. Not a giant lace lover, but that corset chair.....OH LA LA!

  9. Me either!!! (notice I am selling, not keeping!)

  10. Your chair is AMAZING!! I love it! Can't wait to see more pictures of it. You did an awesome job.


  11. ok now patching broking ironstone with some linen is pure genius!! I wish that worked on my body!

  12. How clever and LOVE THAT CHAIR!!!!!! If I could find all of that stuff I'd do it in a heart beat!!!

  13. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts. Your chair is fabulous, your artistic vision is fascinating.

  14. I have one of the uglier wing back chairs in my storage unit that I would some day slip cover..uh huh.

    I know what I'm doing with it now!!

    Fantastic Debbie!! Have fun and sell lots!!

  15. I love old repairs too.....just think, in 100 years your fabric repaired ironstone will be right there by the tin repairs and stapled pieces!!

  16. Great idea with the chair. Hours of work. Beautiful
    Sharon/Bird Song student.

  17. I've said it several times before....clever clever cleverest gal in America!

  18. So very clever indeed! Love the idea and the finished product.

  19. Saw this chair on Carol's blog and absolutely fell in love with it! Are you selling it? Or, perhaps making others to sell? Love the ironstone repair too, just brilliant!

  20. I think all this time you have had has made you even more creative (if that's even possible). You rock as always!!! Numero uno. Peg


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