When I was designing the wedding rug I made 3 chair seats to try out some ideas. This one is the closest to the final rug, but still miles away. You can see the others in the photoblog on the right side of this page. It is a great idea to make samples, and I don’t think it is something rug hookers do too often. I learned so much from this one– that I did not want a light background for the rug, sky or not, and that I had to figure out a different way to do the grass and that I had to come up with a border idea which would not take away from the central motif. I did have fun with this, etching hearts and Carissa’s special birthday, 12 12 12, in the sky. And the idea of the birds on the roof was hatched in this piece. So it is related to the wedding rug. And lucky–because this is for Carissa’s birthday along with the comb-back rocker it was made for. What great design and paint this old chair has! And bonus — it is comfortable. Judging from the plane marks on the underside of the plank seat and its general construction details, we figure it has been around since the mid-19th Century. We hope it continues to provide many years of comfort and pleasure yet.