Sunday, March 15, 2009

from the 70s


This is what the new palette was about -a recent thrift find. I really like the shape of this chair, and even if I am not particularly fond of the colour, I thought I would keep it like this anyway.
I wanted the seat cover to have a geometric pattern, but not too evident, to suit the colour of the frame and obviously to resist normal wear and tear. The choice was a diamond twill, and as weft I used a skein of wool unevenly dyed with cochineal, so that subtle stripes would show. I slightly fulled it after weaving, so as to make it firmer, and suitable for upholstery.

handwoven fabric


close up

Once finished comes the best part - the photo session! I realized how difficult it is to take decent pictures of handwoven fabrics, how the real colours are difficult to capture, even in natural light, and I am slowly learning - trial and error - what looks good and what doesn't. And never ever without a trypod!


Life Looms Large said...

Wow - you made that chair look great!! That definitely takes design vision.

I really should dig out the tripod....especially as I'm about to post a blurry picture. Ugh!

The twill design you chose looks really good with the chair. (And the wall-hanging adds to the scene!)


Anonymous said...

It looks to me like you know what you're doing. These are beautiful, inspiring pictures. The fabric you wove is luscious

Anonymous said...

I hope you won't mind that I've named you in this post!

I love your chair, the twill is perfect for that clean shape.

Anonymous said...

That chair looks great! Good job. I just wish I could touch it. Sit on it maybe too. Is the chair comfy?

And your photography looks really nice. Great job in that department as well.
Maybe I should think about digging out a tripod.

Anonymous said...

Hi Doni
Beautiful weaving for a fabulous chair.

Kim said...

Lovely work! I am not such a big fan of retro modern furniture, but the fabric really changes it's whole character... I really like how it turned out!

Donatella said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments! I'm really having fun with chairs recently - in this one I had to change the padding of the seat, now it's thicker but comfortable all the same. I stole my dad's staple gun hehe! More on the way...