Retro Sofa


Kris Compas had two new kits up in her Etsy shop, this sofa and some equally awesome chairs. I chose the sofa kit for the Argo Wool Works showroom porch.


I want to use tie silk for the upholstery. But which one? Thanks to the generosity of friends, I have a curated collection of about 30 ties from which to choose. I’ve narrowed it down to these six:


Blue, gray and black Escher flying fish.


Ivory and black dots, which I used on this bench:



Leaping trout on a burgundy background


Blue and white Paisley on black


Multicolored truncated ovals on burgundy


Gold and blue fans on pale yellow


I feel like my granddaughter, Maddie Lou, making decisions with the happy abundance of choices.

Which one would you pick?



21 thoughts on “Retro Sofa

    • Nancy Enge says:

      That’s a good one! I am currently deconstructing it so I can test the pattern on the fabric grain. Ties are cut and sewn on the bias, so I never know how much usable surface area there’ll be. Thanks for your considerable opinion, Marion!

  1. Sheila says:

    I love that gold, really pops with the walls. it even matches your exposed beams with one of the fan colors. Though the dark red is a lovely contrast.

  2. elizabeth s says:

    My vote is for the truncated ovals. The colors in the pattern have all of the colors which you are currently using but are subtler. The fabric already looks very retro neither too masculine nor too feminine, and will look sensational if you have the wavy lines stretched horizontally across the width of the sofa. And my final reason in favor of the burgundy, is that practically a darker sofa hides wear and tear a whole lot longer. Regardless, I know that whatever you chose will look Fabulous, because your work always does! :D

    • Nancy Enge says:

      A breakout vote for the truncated ovals! This tie, too, will be deconstructed to see if there’s sufficient yardage. I agree with you about the pattern — it’s very refined and has a lot going on :) And thank you, Elizabeth. I appreciate your input!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Lisa, thank you! The Escher was the first tie I deconstructed to assess potential. The colors and design are beautiful, and would make a very compelling sofa :)

    • Nancy Enge says:

      I, too, am very fond of the flying fish. The silk fabric is very fine and supple, which makes for good miniature upholstery.
      The child *is* lucky, and happy and appreciative. Thanks for noticing :)

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Ha! That was/is *my* first choice. It’s so graphic and pure. But it’s also so interesting seeing what others think that I’m willing to hold off deciding for a bit :)

  3. Alayne says:

    My vote would be for the paisley fabric as it is such a lovely crisp contrast between the black,white and hits of blue to match the walls. What fun you could have making cushions to coordinate. My next favourite would be the flying fish…something dramatic and modern about including black in the design!! Your talents will create an amazing sofa whichever fabric you select!

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