Watson Mill - main room furnishings, part 5

by brae  

Continuing work on the main room furnishings.  I previously built the two Chippendale Benches by The House of Miniatures, one of which will sit by the library and one will serve as the work bench.

I wanted a stain that would complement the vivid bargello needlework, so I opted for Minwax Jacobean.  It's a rich dark chocolate brown.  Hmm...now I want brownies. Anyway, I tested a swatch next to stitching to see if it would work before staining the benches.

I finished up the bargello seat covers rather quickly.  The first took roughly 5.25 hours of stitching, whereas the second took only 4.25 hours since I had worked into a rhythm and had pretty much memorized the pattern.

The stitch itself makes for a bit of a hairball on the back, so I used only one layer of black felt on the cardboard insert as padding.

I glued the felt in place.

Though the 40 count linen is rather stiff, it will still fray.  I ran a line of Fray Check around the stitching and let it dry.

I cut within one square of the stitching.

I had stitched 1/8" beyond the seat insert so there would be excess to still add padding, but I could have used a little more around the edge.  I used a black Sharpie (not shown here) around the edges after gluing the linen flaps to the back of the cardboard just in case the linen showed above the wood frame.

I glued the seat inserts in place with a small amount of tacky glue.

I probably should have used a more subdued lightest color than the cream, but overall I like them.  Once in the room, we'll see if they will be a redo.  With roughly 5 hours of stitching time each, it wouldn't be a big deal to try again if they are too garish and distracting.  Or, I could list these finished ones on etsy and get new HoM kits. :D

14 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

They’re beautiful! Congrats on a job well done! :D

07/17/17 @ 20:26
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

I really like how they look. The wood is perfect with the greens. And I like the cream color. You might like that pop of brightness.

07/17/17 @ 21:11
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

They look great!

07/17/17 @ 22:02
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

Lovely work!

07/17/17 @ 22:35
Comment from: Ramsey [Visitor]  

Oh my gosh! These are spectacular!!! Love the bargello! I have the kit and have hesitated because I can never make the wood part of the bench look right with the stain. Thanks for sharing! I love your blog!

07/18/17 @ 06:12
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks so much! :>>

They are not growing on me after a night’s sleep, so my guess is there will be a redo. :)) Story of my needlework life!

07/18/17 @ 07:28
Comment from: Erin [Visitor]

These look amazing!

07/18/17 @ 07:42
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

A very Professional looking finish on both the wood and the stitching and your final results are Gorgeous!

07/18/17 @ 08:42
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

I’d check them in the actual build before redoing everything. They might look perfect in the space.

07/18/17 @ 09:35
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]

I love them, but not having seen them in the space I defer to your judgement. If you don’t love them they are certainly not perfect for Watson Mill. But some extremely fortunate buyer will treasure them!

07/18/17 @ 10:19
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

Yes, next dry fit, I’ll check them out, but I put them on the table next to the settee and foxes rug, and yikes…not a good combo.

07/18/17 @ 16:13
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

Oh, I’m sad they don’t go well with the other furnishings you have for the space, because, on their own? They are truly stunning, brae, beautiful work.

07/18/17 @ 20:04
Comment from: Julia [Visitor]

This embroidery looks great on the seats. Very voluminous and original. I like these benches, they are completely transformed. Hugs, Julia

07/19/17 @ 08:30
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

07/20/17 @ 10:17


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