Singular Stitches: One person's junk... (picture heavy)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

One person's junk... (picture heavy) another's treasure.

We got yet another installment of free furniture! A while back, my Dad was out jogging and went past a house where the owner had put out their garbage. Next to the trash cans was an end table. The top of the table looked like someone took a hammer to it. Having the eye for well made furniture, he went home, got the car, and brought it home. It turns out to be a piece of Henredon furniture.

He stripped it, and covering the table top with a dish towel, he ran a steam iron over it, about 1" from the surface, which made the wood in the indentations expand, so the majority of the hammer marks were gone. Once he stained it, they're almost undetectable.

It's a beautiful piece of furniture and is the perfect mate to my free chair! :o)

I told him that he should take a polaroid of it and send it to the old owners! ;o)

How to make a polarfleece sock:

1. Here are the three pieces:

L to R: Top of foot/front of shin (A), back of shin (B), and sole (C)

2. Sew B to C at the heel:

3. I used the Elastic Stitch, which is stitch #3 (#1 is your typical straight stitch):

4. Sew A to the two pieces just sewn together:

5. Turn down about 1" and stitch the cuff:

6. Turn right-side-out and you have a warm, comfy sock!


Anonymous Jenna said...

Your dad has a real eye for furniture; did he ever make any himself or has he just developed incredible taste? He did a beautiful job with that little table. Gorgeous! And your socks turned out beautifully. They seem pretty simple; I imagine it's just a matter of getting the pattern correct for your foot size. Nice sewing machine, too! I couldn't help but notice all of those extra stitches it does. ;)

Saturday, November 25, 2006 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy socks Batman!!! That is extremely impressive. I was just looking at the pictures and not the text and was like, what is she making! Then I saw the finished picture and was in awe. A sock may seem simple but I find it quite impressive. Awesome! Ann.

Sunday, November 26, 2006 8:46:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

WOW!! Your dad did an amazing job on the end table. It's gorgeous!! Your fleece socks look so comfy. :)

Monday, November 27, 2006 7:27:00 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Those socks look great- I'm going to have to give it a try.

And congrats to your Dad on his great table find!

Monday, November 27, 2006 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger Meari said...

Love the end table. It's gorgeous! I love free stuff, too. Can't get any better than that! :D

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous prajantr said...

That is a great eye for furniture and great hand for making it beautiful again! I love both the chair and end table.

Plus, the socks look super comfy and i'll have to eep them in mind for a particular friend of mine who loves nifty socks...

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 1:16:00 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely exchange piece you did for me! It's gorgeous. It was lovely to come home to some goodies in the mailbox.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 9:46:00 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Ok that is one GORGEOUS piece of furniture!! Actually both the chair and the table are nice. Your dad did a great job on it. He's got skills!!

and nice sock too. Looked alot more complicated that I bet it actually was.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger bunnyhead said...

Wow! What a pretty table!

Sunday, December 03, 2006 8:24:00 AM  
Blogger Little Grey Cat said...

What a great job your dad did on that table. It looks lovely. Cute sock :o)

Monday, December 04, 2006 2:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your dad did an awesome job on that table! Lucky you to be the recipient of his refurbishing skills. :D

Friday, December 08, 2006 12:41:00 AM  

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