186 What Shall We Do Now?
You will need—
Several good-sized corks, or pickle corks, for the larger things. Some pieces of fancy silk or velvet.
A number of strong pins of different sizes. (The fancy pins with large white, black, and coloured heads are best.)
Some wool, silk, or tinsel which will go well with the silk or velvet. A strong needle and a reel of cotton.
Cut a round or square piece of cork about quarter of an inch thick and one inch across. Cover it with a piece of silk or velvet, making all the stitches on that side of the cork which will be the under side of the seat. For the legs put a pin firmly into each corner. Wind a little wool or silk firmly round each leg, finishing it off as neatly as possible. The back of the seat is made by sticking four pins rather closely together and winding the wool or silk in and out of them. Fasten the wool with a tiny knot both when you begin winding and when you finish. Arm-chairs are made in the same way, except that they are rather larger, and arms—made of small pins—are added.
Very good dining-room chairs can be made of chestnuts. The flatter side of the nut is the seat, and in this are stuck pins for the back (and arms if necessary), which may be bound together with gold or silver tinsel. Other pins are stuck in underneath for legs.
For a sofa a piece of cork about two inches long and half an inch thick is needed. This must be covered, and then quite short pins stuck in for legs. Put a row of short pins along one side and the two ends, and wind the wool neatly in and out of them.
Round tables can be made best of different-sized pieces of cork, with very strong pins for legs ; and square ones of the outside of a wooden match-box, with four little medicine-bottle corks gummed under it for legs. In either case it is most important to have the legs well fixed on and of exactly the same length. It is not necessary to cover a table, but a table-cloth of silk, either fringed, or hemmed with tiny stitches, and a white table-cloth for meals, should be made.