Today of course is All Souls Day, aka my birthday. Some people have it right and celebrate with food and flowers, candles and skeletons, and a party in the graveyard. Instead I had a lovely day with my friends, ate potluck lunch and knitted. Perfect way to spend any day, no?
Bet you want to see my birthday present from Thom:
So what was I making, you might ask? I was repairing and pimping out my living room chair. First a little history. This chair has been in my family since my parents got it as a wedding present in the 1940’s. It originally had a dark dusty rose jacquard fabric on it. I took it with me when I got married and we eventually had it repaired, reupholstered. I still love the green cotton voided velveteen fabric but it’s been developing some serious holes. The original upholsterer luckily had given me the fabric scraps left over after the job and after some serious excavation in the attic finally found them. First I added some more padding under the holes, stitched the edges of the fabric together as best I could with upholstery thread and then stitched patches on top:
You might notice I didn’t pay much attention to the direction of nap! Otherwise it hadn’t really faded all that much and the difference is just the way the light hits it. After that I still had some big pieces so I made a thin cushion and a bolster for my lower back:
I used a matching scrap of polyester suiting fabric for the back of the pillow and the ends of the bolster. The red piping was somewhat of a PITA since I’m not at all experienced in either making or applying same but I think it gives it a bit of a kick. And the colour matches the drapes. I was worried that the thin batting would shift around in the pillow so I added some yarn ties through all the layers like a tied quilt. Now I’m super comfy while watching TV and knitting on my 70+ year old chair. It’s nice to fix up something that’s actually older than I am. Ahem...
For my scenic photo today, here’s a view of Burnaby Lake looking towards Vancouver’s skyline. We had a really nice walk in the sunshine on Halloween after picking up my new stool. Chatted with the ducks and redwing blackbirds, ogled the spawning salmon below the dam and checked out the sandy nesting ground for the western painted turtles.