Isn’t Gazelle the prettiest name for a needlework floor stand? My Gazelle (the original), after 10 years of use, has gotten wobbly (the family manufacturer will likely take care of that – they were great in the past so I emailed them about this recent problem) . Other than that, the stand is still gorgeous and wonderful to work on. The wood (oak, I think) on the frame has stood the test of time well. However, the chart stand’s back board is made out of another kind of wood. So it doesn’t look good at all now….
The board is just plain ugly after a decade of use. I have a lot of fabric scraps in my stash right now, and a certain pattern is known to make me giddy with glee every time I look upon it. Okay, that’s an over-dramatization, but, anyway, I really like the pattern. So I thought, “Hmm, why not a pretty cover for my ugly chart stand?”
Those of you who know me IRL (in real life. memorize that, it might come up again) have probably heard me say, “I only sew straight lines.” I’ve recently edited my statement to be, “I don’t like to sew with a pattern, ” which I think is more like it. But, then again, I don’t mind easy tutorials. So, I should say “I don’t like to sew with patterns that come with thin paper and difficult instructions inside packets.”
Obviously, I am a mystery unto my own self. But any way I say it, this project meets the qualifications of all of the above statements.
By the way, I reserve the right to edit my statements any time I deem necessary change my mind.
To Make This:
Lay the ugly piece of wood on the wrong side of fabric.
Draw the outline of the ugly piece of wood onto the wrong side of the fabric
Sew two shorter sides and one longer end (the top)
Iron down the raw edges of the open side of the fabric (the bottom) and sew that down to make a pretty edge … or fabric glue it, who would know?
Turn it right-side-out and iron
Slip it onto your chart stand (or any other object you choose)
Side Note: I had to have the open end on the bottom in order to still fit the chart stand’s board into the teeny-thin crack where it sits. It wouldn’t fit with fabric on it.
Photos by Lori Seaborg, January 2008 (taken on a cloudy, rainy day with minimal sunlight, so I apologize for the sorry-no-good-poor quality of them!