Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Box Pleated Floral Sofa and Occasional Table

A Box Pleated Sofa and an Occasional Table

I just finished my first little sofa with box pleats and am pleased with how it turned out.  I also have already sold one of the little occasional tables on Etsy and so have made two more to list.

22 comments:

Glenda said...

Jody - I am in awe, this is superb! Glenda

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Thank you very much, Glenda! I am improving. Now I've got to expand my repertoire to chairs! LOL!

Jody

Deb said...

That is gorgeous! My husband thought it was a full size sofa.

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Deb, give him a big ole kiss for me! You know, you are always critical of your own work and I've shown this to my husband every step of the way asking him if it looks good enough, how to improve it, etc.! He kept saying, "It's beautiful! Sell it!" LOL!

Jody

Norma said...

Wow! I'm impressed, that looks superb :)

Kathi said...

Love this! Want this! If this is your first sofa, I am doubly impressed!!! Where did you find that gorgeous fabric????

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Thank you, Norma and Kathi. Kathi, I actually work part-time in a quilt shop and we carry a lot of Moda fabrics which I love. Many of them are perfect for scale miniatures. This particular fabric I believe was part of an April Cornell line which is no longer available. That's the thing about Moda fabrics--and other high-end lines such as Robert Kaufman. You have to get them when they come out or you won't be able to get them again. Unless I have scraps of this fabric, I only had a fat quarter! I am now going through my stash and also searching around for scale fabrics.

Jody

Karin F. said...

belated congrats on your win! Even tho I'd hoped to win it myself, I'm happy for you. There's some shunshine on my blog to go with the cake.
hugs Karin

Evelien said...

Beautiful!!! I always ask my boyfriend too, think I really bore him with that Lol.

I'm so envious on your parttime job. It has to be really great to work with fabrics and quilt stuff. Do you quilt too? ( I've tried it and really like it)

groetjes evelien

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Evelien, yes, I quilt all the time. I have worked at the quilt shop for five years and love it but I don't make much money so may have to go out and get a 'real job' if I can't get my mini endeavors to take off soon. We will have two in college this fall. You can see some of my quilts in my Flickr album,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/19713618@N00/sets/72157603805313470/.

Jody

Evelien said...

O my! You're talented in many ways!!! Love the thread paintings and quilts!

I really hope you can make some money with your mini's so you don't have to quit the quiltjob. I think people are very lucky to be able to buy some of your beautiful miniatures, so my fingers are crossed!

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Thank you, Evelien! I appreciate it. I have my fingers and toes crossed also! I am now following your blog and have added your's to my blog list. Glad you left a comment so I could add you!

Jody

Norma said...

I've just had a quick look at your quilts before going off to bed (it's 11.30 Wed night in Australia already), you are an artist Jody!! They are truly amazing. What a pity you can't make some money out of quilt commissions... (as well as minis of course!), you are so talented.

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Oh, thank you, Norma! I feel like quite the amateur at everything I do but I find that on Etsy, there are quilt makers who either really under-price their work or get very good discounts on their fabrics as I cannot compete with their prices. I am concentrating my efforts on mini's as it takes much less materials (although often just as much time) and it's not as saturated a field as quilting is nowadays. And, mini's have become more my all-consuming passion. I teach quilting and have done some workshops for guilds and groups but don't enter competitions or really promote myself that way. But I have so much fabric, much of it in usable scale for min's so am trying to learn upholstering mini furniture! I'm pleased so far although I still need to refine my techniques. Thank you again.

Jody

Evelien said...

Maybe you can also sell miniscale fabric in packages?? I know I don't see such nice fabric in minimaking sites as often on the web (but maybe I'm not looking good enough? ;) )

And a upholstering workshop (kit) for a sofa like you've made would be on my wishlist too.

Just thinking along ;)

groetjes Evelien

Wee Cute Treasures said...

Whaow Jody. This is GORGEOUS. Those little box pleats came out perfectly. Well done. Carol :)

Norma said...

Being reasonably rewarded for art/craft is such a problem for sure, and there are so many issues involved in it.

Evelien and I are of the same mind :) I immediately thought along the same lines. I have no doubt whatever that there would be a market for fabric pieces as it is indeed SOOO difficut to find nice pieces in the right scale. However, you may prefer to 'add value' (as they say in the commercial world LOL) and as Evelien suggests think about producing kits. There sure is a market for them and they'd be WAY less time consuming than the finished article - not that you'd have to give that away if you are reaping enjoyment from it.

Certainly you are in a fairly unique position with your stock of fabric, and presumably access to more, I'd say take advantage of it! All power to ya girlfriend!

Doreen said...

I love that sofa. I thought that I had left a comment before but it must have got lost somewhere. I also have an award for you over on my blog. I know you have received it before but I still wanted to present it to you

Glenda said...

Pricing your own handwork is so difficult! I ended up adding $3 per hour (optimum working time after making several similar items) to the basic cost of materials. Glenda

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Pricing is so difficult, you're right. There seems to be a fine line between too high and too low. I am going by what my DH says to price items and he says some I've priced too low and some I fear may be too high but for these little sofa's, besides the cost of the fabric, I cut the wooden frame on my Microlux saw, use wood glue and allow that to set; I use layers of batting and an expensive fusible fleece, and glue fabric on card for various parts so there are several steps and a lot of time per piece. Some have suggested I offer kits and/or patterns and I may work toward doing that.

Jody

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! You did a great job - Looks like a real full size sofa.

Lissu said...

Lovely sofa! It is so pretty with that floral fabric! Have a sunny day!