Description: Students will be building a cloth chair over a wire armature, using sewn on batting covered with pantyhose. The "wood" part of the chair will be sealed with glue and painted with acrylics. The upholstery will be sewn on. There will be instruction on how to apply any decoration to be integral to the finished chair and instruction for how to create all the parts.
Media Category: Fiber Art
Course Type: Interactive (refer to the FAQ page for full descriptions of each course type)
Course Format: Full project
Course Begins: March 15, 2022 - Ongoing
Course Duration: Six (6) weekly Zoom meetings planned; beginning in April; specifics will be announced via email and in private Facebook group.
What will Students learn? Students will learn how to create an idea into a chair form. They will learn how to incorporate batting and pantyhose into their doll making techniques and become expert in building strong armatures. They will learn how to combine odd objects seamlessly. Not only that, but they will create a personalized little chair.
Instructor/Students interaction: Answer questions via emails, “Live” Instruction (eg: Facebook Live, Zoom), Private Facebook Group/Community Room.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Required skill(s): Students must have basic sewing skills and the ability to be able to bend/cut wire. They will need simple painting ability.
Supplies and tools:
- 3 or 4 brushes: a fine brush, small 1/4" for paint and glue, 1/2" for glue.
- 18- or 20-gauge galvanized steel wire and
28-gauge stainless steel galvanized wire
- bonded wire batting
- pantyhose (can be recycled)
- acrylic paints: red, blue, yellow, black, and white
- Sobo glue
- thread, straight pins
- easy to thread needles
- a pair of scissors
- needle nosed pliers with a cutting capability
- matt medium
- some paper towels
- palette, water bowl
- fabric for the cushions
- small objects for embellishments, such as tiny plastic toys/animals, buttons, beads, keys, charms, etc.
Downloads: List of downloads
A Little Welcome from JoEllen
Some Chairs and Their Dolls: a Note on Embellishments
'The Blue Chair' Lesson 1: Wire Armature 'Bones'
'The Blue Chair' Lesson 2: Rungs Spanning Legs
Lesson 3: Composing Your Embellishment
Lesson 4: The Red Chair, Needle-Sculpting the 'Woodcarved' Arm Forms with Pantyhose + Batting
Lesson 5: The Red Chair, Needle-Sculpting 'Woodcarved' Leg Forms with Pantyhose + Batting
Lesson 1: Priming Surface with Glue and a 'Medium-Toned' Base Coat
Lesson 2: Final Surface Painting Demo for Both Chairs' Embellishments
Lesson 3: Final Surface Painting Demo for Red Chair (Arms & Legs)
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About this course
- 12 lessons
- 2.5 hours of video content