How to make a chair for Queen Elizabeth I, step #1:

Find Victorian chair in barn.

(Fascinating amalgamation of design- while the carved back has art nouveau curves, the arms are a throwback to Regency style, which was copying Roman antiquities. The seat looks more early Tudor influence, leather backed by wood with ornamental brad trim)

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How to make a chair for Queen Elizabeth I, step #2:

Clean & remove broken seat & bas relief carving.

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How to make a chair for Queen Elizabeth I, step #3:

Whittle wedge of pine to repair corner of seat support. Glue & mold wood filler to smooth curve.

(This looks like nothing, but it took way more hours than I thought it would…)

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How to make a chair for Queen Elizabeth I, step #4:

Recycle old leather coat to make chair seat.

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How to make a chair for Queen Elizabeth I, steps #5 – 10:

Heat bond leather to upholstery vinyl to reinforce structure. Measure holes. Leather punch holes. Drill holes in chair. Attach seat with decorative tacks.

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How to make a chair for Queen Elizabeth I, steps #11 – 12:

Find old wood panel in barn. Change saw blade, cut oval & sand.

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How to make a chair for Queen Elizabeth I, step #13:

Burn Tudor rose into oval panel.

How to make a chair for Queen Elizabeth I, step #14:

Carve Tudor rose into oval panel.

How to make a chair for Queen Elizabeth I, step #15:

Paint Tudor rose & glue to chair.

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How to make a chair for Queen Elizabeth I, step #16 – 19:

Hand dye silk velvet, pin & sew & press to make cushion.

This was the fastest part of the whole project!

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How to make a chair for Queen Elizabeth I, step #20 – 21:

Add oak studs & wax to finish!

How to make a chair for Queen Elizabeth I, step #22 – 23:

Use them on stage for our productions of The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane and Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra.

The Chronicle of Nine, From left to right: William Hite, Rebecca Krouner, the chair, Megan Pachecano

Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra. Serena Farnocchia

Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra. Left to right; Eric Fennell, Spencer Hamlin

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