I took advantage of a respite between classes to do crafty things, and this is my most recent challenge: a 1:24 rocking chair for my Tudor cottage. And yes, much to my husband’s chagrin, I kept shirking my cleaning duties over the weekend to play with tiny bits of wood while he slaved away as Laundrymaster et al. In my defense, a cozy cottage needs a well-worn rocking chair.
This chair carries a fun little story, in that 70% of it is made of coffee stirrers. My coworkers and I were recently in Indianapolis at a conference, and one morning we visited a neat Café for breakfast. After I remarked the establishment’s coffee stirrers would make great fodder for dollhouse miniatures, my friends scouted out additional ones during our trip, such that I had a tidy stash of pilfered beverage paraphernalia by the time we touched down in NC. Not wanting to disappoint, I used them as much as I could. Everything except the upright posts and the runners had been intended to swirl someone’s morning brew.
I made the runners by carving and sanding thicker strips of wood into slight curves, soaking them in hot water, and taping them around a drinking glass to dry. Just like when you did basketweaving in elementary school :-).
I did cheat a little and referenced this piece of Americana as the inspiration, but in looking up chairs from the Tudor period, they seem to share a similar simplicity and angular design. My version is 2″ tall.I went for an old oak stain and my husband immediately picked a wine red swatch out of my collection of fabrics. He might have worn an aqua suit coat with a lavender shirt and polka-dotted bow tie this past Easter, but his interior design choices are never wrong.