Every time I went to visit Mrs. Rose in her room, she was sitting in her chair.
Now I'm almost positive that back in 1977, her chair was most likely a standard issue, vinyl chair with wipeable seat. That's because in 1977, residents were not yet allowed to bring their own furniture from home. In fact, there was very little in Mrs. Rose's room that was home-like.
But my memory of Mrs. Rose does not allow me to see that institutional chair.
That being said, if my memory has to place her in a chair, I would put her in a wingback arm chair, a homey version that you might see in any older woman's cozy home.
Exercising artistic license, I gave Mrs. Rose the chair she should have had all those years ago.
I've mentioned that I cannot draw so I did what I normally do and went off to google images of chairs.
I then traced and modified the wing back to make the seat larger, the arm of the chair thicker and the wings smaller to better serve my purpose.
I used an upholstery fabric sample and some foam I got at the crafts store.
I fused the back of the chenille fabric with interfacing to prevent the edges from fraying when I cut out the chair. I traced the pattern slightly larger to accommodate the width of the foam...
Following the crease lines of the chair, I tacked the foam onto the block and appliqued the chair fabric over top.
Once I finished attaching the chenille to the block, I have to admit it didn't look like much...
So I began to sculpt by stitching through both the fabric and the foam, giving definition to the chair...
And now I feel it a worthy place for Mrs. Rose to sit.