when i saw blair’s yarn-wrapped hangers via readymade, i immediately added them to my mental to-do… but i wanted to go bigger. i knew i had a good stash of bright yarns left over from my felted bowl phase, and i pictured stripes on a stool or small bench.
i went to ikea, and i couldn’t find a stool or bench that i liked. i started nosing around the dining chairs, and i spotted ivar. it’s made of pine and cheap ($19.99). it wasn’t really what i was looking for, but i brought an ivar home anyway. last friday night i poured a big glass of wine, logged into hulu, and went to work.
i put the chair together but left the seat off so i could do the seat “base”. then i wrapped and wrapped, for hours. i wrapped only the horizontal pieces of the chair, as i wanted the wood to continue to be visible — i liked the contrast of smooth and hard to soft and tactile. with the first loop i made a knot, and when i was ready to switch colors, i knotted the new color to the old, and wrapped over the tails. i didn’t use any glue — i wasn’t quite sure i was going to like the outcome, so i wanted the color to be temporary if i hated it.
but i love it.