The Big Ski Chair Affair Completed

The Big Ski Chair Affair Completed

We did it! We finished our chair for the fundraiser that I told you about previously here and here. Dennis and I delivered four different chairs to their business sponsor locations. There are six more to move but thankfully, I have some help with four of those so I only have two more to move. Until the auction event that is. You can see some photos of the other chairs on the The Big Ski Chair Affair Facebook page.

The addition of the leaves took us quite a while to accomplish. We had to connect a lot of different wires and make sure all the leaves were secure.

You can see that there is an extra rock next to the main boulder that I felted. I already had this rock and thought I would add it to the chair. But I didn’t have a good way to connect them all together securely and so you couldn’t see the connection. So only the big rock was used in the end.

Here are a couple of close up photos of some of the leaves.

Here’s the back of the bench. We used a wooden rod through the two holes on the back of the chair and used that to hold up our back cushion with straps sewed into the cushion and velcro attachments.

Here’s a bit closer look at the rocks.

And a closer view of one end of the cushions. The cushions were eco printed on an old army blanket. We also have some throw pillows to go with the bench but we decided not to keep them with the bench until it is ready to be auctioned off. Since the bench will be sitting outside, we were afraid someone might walk off with the pillows.

And here I am with the chair after we moved it to the Firebrand Hotel who sponsored our chair.

And a slightly closer look of it against the rock wall. The colors are perfect against the rock and it looks like we meant it to go there! We didn’t know where the chair would be when we planned it so it’s amazing how well it fits in the space.

It was a big project and took a lot of time but we all really enjoyed the challenge. So if you ever are invited to try something big like this type of art project I would say, go for it!

24 thoughts on “The Big Ski Chair Affair Completed

    1. Thanks Jifke! We still have two more chairs to deliver and then it will be set for the summer tourists.

  1. All the chairs are clever! Your chair is lovely and I like the one rock on the base – it looks better than two.
    Seeing the chair in situ, the leaves and the pattern on the fabric look like mother nature is reclaiming the chair to the earth – just as she does anything that is left abandoned after its use is finished.
    Well done – terrific project!

    1. Thanks Lyn! It’s always amazing to me how different things can turn out when the same project is given to different people. The chair really does look like it’s been sitting there for a while, doesn’t it?

  2. All the chairs look great and like there has been so mcu work on them. I definitely like yours the best though, it has a few different parts to it that all work together and you’re right, it does look like you planned it to fit in where it will be 🙂

  3. What a perfect idea….great job! Fondly sandi, felter in Vancouver B.C. Canada

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  4. Wonderful job with lovely detail Ruth! The rock is perfect and helps balance the whole design. It looks like you cut your hair. 🙂

    1. Thanks Marilyn! The day I had that photo taken, I had my hair cut that morning. Got tired of it being long.

    2. The Shorter hair looks great. You’re set for summer.

  5. They all look great! Love the eco printing and the leaves on yours, who wouldn’t like to have it in their garden! Great up-cycling and I hope lots of money is raised for the Snow Bus. 🙂

    1. Thanks Kasia, there are four kinds of leaves. Some are solid copper, some copper wire with beads, some felt stitched to copper wire, and some machine stitched yarns stitched to copper wire. We all worked on them.

  6. Great chair Ruth. It suits its spot. the chairs that have the “people” on them are they done by the same lady that did the ones in your store a couple of years ago?

    1. Thanks Ann, yes, the people were done by Nanci. She is the one who wrote the book with me, The Whitefish Fashion Collection.

  7. Wow – what a lot of work! But great ecoprinting and felt rocks! And a great idea to use the frame for leaves to add extra interest. Well done to all of you – hope you raise lots of money at the auction!

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