This tutorial shows how you can make this grandpa’s easy chair with beads or beaded beach chair as my daughter calls it. This is the Indian version of the reclining chair. 🙂
Most of us will remember this as reclining grandpa’s chair. The frame was made with wood and the seat was made with thick fabric. This fabric was very similar to the colorful striped floor rugs that were popular in India 3 decades ago. I remember sitting on the handle of the chair and talking with (okay okay bossing over) my grandpa asking him a million questions and then falling asleep on him. After I grew up, I heard from mom that he would sit still and wouldn’t move for hours so my sleep does not get disturbed.
In Tamil nadu, they are called Bhavani jamkalam. They have bright stripes of varying thickness. The rug is quite thick and heavy and can withstand rough handling.
Remember these? 🙂
Image source: Hindu.com
Actually Ikea has this rug but in milder colors….just in case you are looking for some Indianized decor.
So lets start with making the frame of the chair. The frame is made using cubic right angle weave stitch.
The frame has 3 parts made with brown beads. They are all the same width.
We will be making one long rectangle and two 3 sided pieces.
I have reinforced all 3 with a thin metal rod. You can use tooth pick and it is enough to reinforce just the big frame.
Next we will make the fabric. It is made with right angle weave.
The size of the fabric will be slightly smaller than the frame. If needed, we can extend the length.
Next, we will start joining the parts of the chair’s frame. The chair’s frame will be at an angle so that the person who sits on it can lean back. For this, the length of the back will be slightly longer as you can see in the picture below.
Green line is longer than the red line. Once you are satisfied with the angle, join the two parts. (Tutorial for joining here)
So go ahead and join.
Next join the smallest part too.
The chair’s frame is ready and it is time to add the fabric.
We will be joining the two parts in a zig zag weaving pattern.
Grandpa’s easy chair is ready. How is it? What are your memories of this chair? Share it below in the comments section.