June 4, 2009

I made it!

I don't know how many times I have bothered you by telling about my upcoming exam. Well, I can promise I will no longer do so. Cause the exam is OVER! It started on Monday and ended finally yesterday afternoon.
For the finals we had to build a "K-tuoli" chair. It is a very old Finnish design chair. I would say, it is one of the easiest chairs to built but it also has some tricky parts. The seat is supposed to be flat and not bumpy, the sides have to be very straight and not coming over the frame more than 5mm otherwise the armrests would push the sides inside and make ugly bumps, thou the front side has to be pulled out over the frame a little it less than an inch. And of course the corner have to be as pointed as possible, they can never ever be round and that isn't as easy to do as it sounds.
I can tell you, there is a lot of stuff to think about and it is tough to focuse on all these things when being under pressure. I have to admide that I also made some really stupid mistakes that costs me presures points in the evaluation. I built the back part of the seat a little bit too high, it is supposed to fall off a bit. But overall I am satisfied with the result. I graduated with a good 4 what would be in American terms a B+
Here are two pictures of my pressures. The chair is upholstered with violet felt. Not my favorite but I am not going to keep the chair for myself. It will probably go to sale.
In the right picture you can also see that the back is leaning to the right side. Well the frames we used have been really old and that is just something I had to ignore.

I guess I should be happy and proud of myself now, but for some reason this feeling isn't really coming yet. I was under so much pressure for the last 4 month, with working 2 jobs, school and the upcoming exam and now everything just stopped from one moment to another. I feel empty! Or course also released, but I think it will need a couple of days until my mind also realized that I finally made it. I am now an upholsterer.


Jan said...

This is awesome, Daniela!! You should be very proud of yourself. The chair looks great! (^-^)

Tonny said...

Hallo Daniela. Wir haben deine Prüfungsarbeit gesehen. Wir sind schon sehr stolz das du alles so hingekriegt hast wie du dir das gewünscht hast. Du kannst mit Stolz sagen I am now an Upholsterer.
Greetings Mam & Dad.

Rowyn said...

Congratulations Daniela. The chair is beautiful! I bet you are glad the exams are over, will it mean more stitching time for you now? :-)

Lavendelhaus said...

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur bestandenen Prüfung. Das war alles bestimmt nicht einfach für Dich.
´Jetzt ist ja alles vorbei und du kannst erleichtert sein.
Genieße die freie Zeit.

The Scarlett House said...

Woohoo! Way to go, kiddo! Congratulations! I have a wingback chair that you can do for me.

Love to Stitch said...

Outstanding job on both your grades and your chair. Love it!! I know of several chairs that need to be redone, will you be in town anytime soon!! LOL!! Keep up the great job!