Sit at Your Peril Chairs
THE MIDDLE EAST COLLECTION
And Other Things...
Some of our chair collection...
SOLD Fish Napkin Ring chair in bright apple green. The seat cushion's top is made from a Bangladeshi purse featuring hand-beading and seashells. The bottom is Guatemalan, hand-woven fabric.
A Late 19th century chair. The seat cushion is hand appliqued, hand reverse appliqued, hand embroidered, and incorporates Guatemalan textiles.
SOLD - Post-Civil War chair with hand-appliqued, reverse-appliqued, embroidered seat cushion.
SOLD - Bentwood rocker with Chinese embroidery on the seat's back and appliqued/button/rickrack trim on the seat cushion.
SOLD - The bentwood rocker's back.
Large arts and craft rocker with Guatemalan trim.
SOLD - Child's Victorian rocker. Marigold in color with hand-embroidered seat.
SOLD - Close up - Victorian child's rocker.
Petite antique chair with Mexican napkin rings and Guatemalan patchwork seat cushion.
SOLD - Pumpkin chair with bright beads, wooden/plastic ornaments, and Guatemalan seat cushion.
SOLD - Close up of seat cushion for pumpkin chair.
SOLD - Black chair with embroidered seat cushion and decorative glass/plastic beads.
SOLD - Child's nativity rocker with hand-woven Latin American seat cushion.
SOLD - Side view of child's nativity rocker.
SOLD -Bird's nest chair.
SOLD - Ecuadoran heart chair with a seat cushion appliqued with hearts and buttons...and hung with small hearts.
Navajo rocker - A squat-but-beautiful vintage wooden rocker I found laying low at a bustling swap meet. The seat and backrest cushion are made from a wool Navajo runner and royal blue rodeo cloth.
SOLD - Alternate front view of Navajo rocker.
SOLD - Side view of Navajo rocker.
SOLD - Twin Indian bird chairs feature hand-woven Latin American seat cushions decorated with a string of small fabric birds from India. The seat backs also feature Indian birds, as well as colorful plastic geometric shapes and beads.
SOLD - Worry Doll chair decorated with colored glass, beads, and a seat cushion featuring hand-embroidered appliqued patches from Latin America.
SOLD - The Guatemalan Diner chair. The seat and seat back are appliqued with hand-woven Guatemalan fabric featuring a bird motif.
SOLD - The Bird chair. Small birds perch atop the back, above pieces of colored glass and beads. The seat is made from a vintage, hand-woven Latin American purse.
His and Hers Day of the Dead chairs. The seats are made of hand-woven Guatemalan cloth appliqued with Mr. and Mrs. dolled-up felted wool skulls.
The Hers version from the pair.
The His version of the chair.
SOLD - Hand-painted flowers top these two hand-carved chairs featuring Ecuadoran textile seats.
SOLD -The Sari chair. The seat cushion is made from a sari. The chair is painted with Indian motifs used in henna art. Silver beer bottle caps and blue glass add the final sparkling details.
SOLD - The Black and White Bird chair. The seat is hand-reverse-appliqued and embroidered with a traditional Celtic spiral. The seat back's rungs are occupied by small gray birds and beads.
SOLD - Hmong chairs. Mid-century modern dining room chairs reworked with Hmong art, hand-reverse appliqued and hand embroidered.
SOLD - MID-CENTURY MODERN HMONG CHAIRS One of a pair of 1950's chairs redesigned with upholstery made from a hand-embroidered/hand-appliqued Hmong jacket...this chair has a fraternal twin...
SOLD - Hmong chair.
Butterfly chair. This chair features a large stuffed, appliqued butterfly made from a collection of orange and yellow fabric and black buttons.
SOLD - The Original Wing Chair. The seat and seat back are made with a hand-woven Ecuadoran textile adorned with buttons. The wings are made with complimentary colors and appliqued with buttons.
SOLD - The Sacred Heart of Jesus Chair. An antique chair was given new life with a Guatemalan textile upholstery and appliqued Catholic motif.
SOLD - The Holy Trinity/Dove of Peace footrest. This piece is trimmed with a string of fabric birds from India around the top and bottom. The top surface is appliqued with Guatemalan fabric, cotton, and colorful beads.
SOLD - Fish, colorful wooden beads, a Latin American textile, and hand-embroidery pop against the simple black background on this chair.
SOLD - The Flaming Heart of Jesus chair. The seat and back are made of crushed velvet and hand-appliqued with fabric from an India sari. Beads and hand-embroidery finish the design. The wings are satin with small shell buttons.
SOLD - Footrest appliqued with bright squares and rectangles and trimmed with a string of fabric birds from India.
SOLD - Sugar Skull chair. Hand-shaped and hand-painted clay skulls, a la El Dia de los Muertos, dangle from a bright red chair with a seat made from a Latin American textile.
SOLD - Antique pink velvet chair hand appliqued with beads, squares and rectangles of fabric in complimentary colors, metal heart charms, and insect art.
SOLD - Discardeded Love Seat Gets New Life with Ikea Rug Upholstery.
SOLD - Discarded Ikea Chair is reborn with fabric from an Ann Klein skirt and hand embroidery.
SOLD - Wooden folding funeral home chair with bird applique and beads.
SOLD - Blessed Virgin chair. A woven textile from Latin America makes the seat and chair back, which features an image of the Blessed Virgin, hand appliqued and beaded.
SOLD - The Blessed Virgin chair from the back. The Latin American textile is appliqued onto cowboy fabric. Beads and a Guatemalan belt add to the design.
SOLD - Child's fish chair.
SOLD - A simple, basic wooden chair with a hand-woven Mexican textile seat.
SOLD - The Princess Chair. A curvy metal chair left by the curb was transformed into a Seussian pink princess throne.
SOLD - The Blessed Virgin with Gods' Eyes chair. A Latin American textile is trimmed with hand-made Gods' Eyes. The chair's back features the Blessed Virgin, hand appliqued and beaded.
SOLD - The Peacock bench. A simple black bench lights up with sequins and beads and bright blobs of color.
SOLD - The All-Purpose Fish and Baby Chair. Pepto Bismol Pink is adorned with wooden fish, plastic babies, and beads. The seat is made from a hand-embroidered pillow cover appliqued onto a cotton background.
SOLD - African Princess Throne - Seat Cushion View.
SOLD - African Princess Throne. Crown view.
SOLD - African Princess Throne. The crown is at the top.
SOLD - The All-Seeing Eye of God chair. A hand-carved Mexican chair with a seat cushion made from a Guatemalan textile appliqued with a contemporary take on God's Eye. The chair itself is sold, but the seat cushion awaits another char assignment.
Word Chair - This chair is designed with beads forming many quotes, each of which contains the word "Word."
SOLD Weathered, Child-Sized Adirondack Chair with hand-woven South American seat cushion.
SOLD - Named after my nephew who loved dragonflies when he was a little boy...Mariano's Dragonfly Chair, adorned with hundreds of buttons!
Diane's Mola Chair, made from an antique wooden chair decorated with a Panamanian mola from my friend Diane, plus purple skull beads.
Child-Sized Tropical Trumplet Chair - Naked baby Donalds frolic amid hand-painted wooden parrot beads from India and bright pink wooden beads from probably China. The seat cushion is hand-woven from Latin America.
SOLD - Sacred Heart of Jesus chair #2, with jewel-tone woven Guatemalan fabric and a simple flaming heart.
SOLD - Spiral footstool and storage bin featuring reverse-appliqued Celtic sun spirals - done by hand - on a light-green storage cube.
SOLD - Lotteria Chair - The seat cushion features an appliqued version of the "Nopal" card design from the classic Mexican game. The seat back includes additional Lotteria designs.
SOLD - The Guatemalan Dolls and Buttons Chair.
Nativity Rocker - This child-size royal blue rocker features a Guatemalan-textile seat cushion and ceramic Jesus Fan Club.
SOLD - A Love Seat. Appropriately, my sweetheart gave me this old, weathered chair from his art-filled yard. I took it from there with bits of jewel-tone, hand-woven fabric from south of the border.
SOLD - The Fearsome Bamboo Jungle Chair. A neighbor was cleaning out her garage...This fabulous bamboo chair was sitting by her curb calling my name. It resides in our jungle-themed living room until someone else wants to buy it and put it in THEIR jungle-themed living room.
A Love Seat #6. Another thrift-shop find. I love the humble hand-carving at the top. A coat of glossy school-bus yellow paint began the transformation. Then I created a seat using Guatemalan fabric, bright yellow cotton from an Indian Sari, and lots of shiny buttons.
SOLD - A Love Seat #4. Your basic used chair - age unknown - recycled from drab to fab. It even has a 100% intact cane seat! Step 1: Pimento red satin paint. Step 2: I designed a seat cushion featuring more brilliantly-blue and vivid orange Guatemalan textiles, along with cheery colorful buttons.
SOLD - A Love Seat #5. Found - Chair by the side of the road, which it was my pleasure to revive with bright red paint and a gorgeous forest green Guatemalan textile featuring hand-embroidered birds. I added a bit more of my own embroidery and lots of buttons - and voila!
SOLD - The Cat Chair. I was walking through my neighborhood and spotted this chair sitting alone in a vacant lot. So of course I took it home and contemplated it until my fiance's cat inspired me to start embroidering and reverse-appliqueing pussies galore.
SOLD - The Yellow Snake Chair. Not another trash-heap find! Indeed it is. With a coat of glossy yellow paint and a seat cushion made from a Guatemalan shirt, some hand-printed India sari fabric, and hours of reverse applique.
SOLD - The Flaming Heart of Jesus Chair began life as a Mid-Century Modern Boling Changeback chair, but some knucklehead slit open the seat and punched a hole in the caning. Salvation came in the form of yellow paint and hours of applique work.
SOLD - The Blue Snake Wing Chair's naked frame was rescued from the elements one cold winter evening. I pondered the bare wood for months before realizing it needed a surfeit of snakes appliqued all over itself to be truly happy.
The Shape Chair, made from a derelict chair found by the road by my friend, features wooden geometric shapes and a seat cushion made from thrift shop clothing.
SOLD - The Bite Me chair, another curbside find given to me by a friend, features a hand- appliqued mouth that expresses my "Pandemic Isolation" frustration.
SOLD - The Abacus Chair was in sorry shape when my friend Dawn rescued it from the gutter. I shored it up some then decorated it with bright Guatemalan cloth and colorful wooden beads.
Rik's Old Rocker...when I moved in with Rik a couple of years ago, his little old rocker got bumped to the storage shed to make room for my bigger, better one. I finally dug his out and gave it a fancy seat...now it needs a new home.
SOLD - Guatemalan Storage Cube made from thrift shop furniture, pieces of a Guatemalan shirt, and my hand embroidery.
The Sun and Moon Hitchcock Chair...this is an antique chair that someone shortened a bit. I made a seat cushion out of Guatemalan fabric appliqued with felt. The ties have crescent moons on them!
These are the ties on the back of the Sun and Moon Hitchcock Chair. You can also see how much the chair has been shortened.
SOLD - Custom Cat seat cushions made for a neighbor's dining room chairs.
The Garden of Eden Storage Cube...this snake is appliqued on the removable top. The cube can also be used as a footstool. See the next four images that are on the sides.
The Angel sent by God to kick Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden for being naughty.
The flaming sword the angel carried while leading Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden.
And God created Adam!
And here's that wicked temptress Eve with the forbidden fruit in hand...
The Desert Tortoise Chair came about when my daughter presented me with a couple of derelict chairs for Mother's Day. I've lived in the California desert most of my life. Tortoises are a precious part of the local environment.
Love Seat #7...an old metal ice cream chair that was a gift from my daughter. The Guatemalan fabric used for the seat and back was a gift from my friend Bonnie.
The Fat Cat Chair began when my husband and I spotted a seatless, abandoned metal chair in the parking lot outside our local Joanns...our cat had just died, so I was moved to celebrate him.
Two Sharks Walked Into a Bar...My daughter worked for a high-end furniture store. This expensive barstool incurred a broken leg and was put in the dumpster. My girl fished it out, sawed the legs down to all match, then gave it to me to play with.
The Snake Chair...found by a friend by the side of the road in Oceanside. Thrift shop upholstery. Felt snakes.
THE MIDDLE EAST COLLECTION
And Other Things...