Camp Rose Cushions & Chair Backs by Leigh Radford
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Camp Rose Cushions & Chair Backs

January 2008
Chair Seat Cushion: 15" x 15 3/4"; Chair Back Cushion: 18" x 10"

From AlterKNITS Felt: When I was growing up, my Aunt Jane owned and operated a riverside restaurant called Camp Rose in an artsy area of Northern California. Every summer my family would visit Aunt Jane for a couple of weeks, and she would always take s to the local thrift stores and garage sales to look for unique items that we could refurbish or reuse in artful ways. Jane and Camp Rose served as my inspiration for these cushions and chair backs, which are made out of recycled sweaters and their own blend of old and new, traditional and contemporary.

6 large sweaters (100% wool -- not machine washable)
3 sweaters per chair

4” Omnigrid scissors or other small, very sharp scissors
2 Agne chairs from IKEA
1 sheet 36x55” butcher paper
Ruler or yardstick
Sewing needle and thread
3 yards 3/8” grosgrain ribbon, cut into eight 13 1/2” pieces (4 pieces per chair)
4 yards 12” wide Steam-A-Seam 2 double-sided fusible web (2 yards per chair)
Steam iron
Straight pins
Sharp tapestry needle
8 yards sport-weight wool or linen yarn to match cushion color, such as Reynolds Soft Sea Wool or Louet Gems