When we began planning this year’s Hocktide fundraiser project, we knew that we wanted something that anyone and everyone would use. We wanted it to be beautiful, practical, and durable. We wanted it to be something that one could proudly “show off” at events. Hmmmm.
Then the idea gelled: camp chair covers. Yes, camp chair covers. Think about it. How many panoramas of fighting fields, pavilions, banners, thrones, and gorgeous garb do you see that are marred by those awful, so very modern camp chairs? Many folks don’t have the time, money, skills or what not to travel with a period appropriate chair. So, why not cover up that eye-sore with a lovely, period-inspired, hand made chair cover.
We eventually decided to create 3 pairs of embellished camp chair covers; each pair will be a separate prize for the event’s fundraiser. They are made of heavy, washable, 100% cotton canvas. We are adding removable panels embellished with a variety of materials, such as beads, “raw” and felted wool, appliqués, trim, etc.
One pair will be in a Celtic style. One chair will display a mounted archer, and the other chair will display the hunted boar.
One pair will have an Egyptian theme, based on chairs with gold inlay designs recovered from various tombs. The chairs will be complimentary in design..
One pair will display Byzantine inspired designs taking inspiration from thrones, and furniture of noble families.