I did as much as I could last night on the retro sofa kit from Kris Compas, before I needed to decide on the fabric. This is the base, seat and back cushions padded out with batting, and the back (being held in place with rubber bands until the glue cures). The dots mark the tufting positions (with a small correction).
I surprised myself somewhat by going with the gold and blue fans — originally I thought the Paisley. Thank you all for your input. It was fun and interesting to hear what you would choose. This piece is the covering for the bottom of the sofa.
Here is the curved back. There is rather a lot of triangular notching to do.
The back glued on to the seat base. Silk is slippery to cut and glue straight!
The sofa so far. Next up is tufting and covering the back cushion, making the buttons (with the cute button press supplied with the kit), making the piping or braid, and painting and attaching the legs. Oh, and pillows. More tie silk fabric choices!
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Looks Good so far! :D
Thanks, Elizabeth! Tie silk is both lovely and challenging to work with, so I’m taking it slowly :)
Wow! Love how that looks. I might have to steal my husband’s ties when he gets bored with them.
Do it, Sheila! The ties can live on in a new incarnation!
Silk ties are a fabulous source of lovely patterns in an appropriate scale…looks very pretty so far!
Aren’t they, Alayne? And most are a perfect weight for miniature upholstery. The scant yardage can be a bit of a pattern layout limitation, but worth the compromise.
Wow, amazing job! I showed the photos to a friend and she didn’t think it was a dollhouse.
Thanks, Bennie! I have succeeded if your friend believed the illusion :)
The fabric colour really ties in nicely to the wall and flooring. Makes me want to curl up with a martini and watching I Dream Of Jeannie
Thanks, Kat! I’ll amend that to a shaker of martinis (gin) and old Nick and Nora Charles movies :) I’ll have to make a coffee table next.
That looks amazing! Are you going to have a try at making round cushions?
Well now I have to! I just saw the cover of the latest HBS/miniatures.com catalog, and they have the retro couch and chairs done up with coordinating pillows. I’ll have to plan carefully; there was *just* enough fabric in the tie to make the couch. Not sure if I’ll be able to make two chairs from a single tie.
I would never think about these colors next to each other, but it actually looks great. Amazing job on the sofa!
Thanks, Susi. Kris Compas is truly brilliant in her designs and instruction.