The family room is the messy but more fun sister of the living room.
It’s all about comfort: a place to put up your feet, watch TV, read and play games. What could be a more fitting home for a felted wool foot stool that looks like a chicken?
The City Girl Farm in Lyons, Kan., creates each one-of-a-kind chicken foot stool with a bronze beak and feet, a wooden egg core and various types of wool from sheep, alpaca and llamas that are handspun and felted or knitted.
Each chicken has its own name and story. All sorts of people adopt them, says Sally Linville, chief artist and owner of the operation. “They’re amazing for bringing stories out of people. Some are happy memories, some are sad, but there is no one type of person who buys the chicken foot stool.”
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Linville works with 10 other artisans to upholster the chickens, then create and attach their plumage. “It’s a real communal event, sort of like a stitching or quilting bee,” she says.