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. 🙂

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

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 :mrgreen: 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? 🙂

 ladies-sitting-on-Jamkalam-Indian-floor-rug-multi-color-striped-floor-rug

Image source: Hindu.com

Actually Ikea has this rug but in milder colors….just in case you are looking for some Indianized decor.

 ravnso-rug-flatwoven-assorted-colors

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.

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

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.

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

The size of the fabric will be slightly smaller than the frame. If needed, we can extend the length.

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

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.

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

Green line is longer than the red line. Once you are satisfied with the angle, join the two parts. (Tutorial for joining here)

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

So go ahead and join.

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

Next join the smallest part too.

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

The chair’s frame is ready and it is time to add the fabric.

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

We will be joining the two parts in a zig zag weaving pattern.

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

Grandpa’s easy chair is ready. How is it? What are your memories of this chair? Share it below in the comments section.

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures

bead grandpa easy chair or bead beach chair - 3d bead shapes tutorial with step by step pictures