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FREE How-to Articles : Chair Caning, Wicker, Rush

Enjoy all these FREE how-to weaving articles on chair caning, wicker, rush and more, written lovingly by Cathryn especially for you!
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For nearly 40 years The Wicker Woman®–Cathryn Peters has been a wicker furniture repair and seatweaving expert, basketmaker, writer and consultant to the chair caning, wicker furniture and basketry industry.

Chair Seat Weaving Articles

1.) Cries of the 1800s Chair Mender
Chair caning history told through a children’s nursery rhyme and a 1800s magazine article about the service of chair seat weaving and mending.

2.) How-to Identify Woven Chair Seats
How-to article showing and describing the variety of woven chair seats, from different designs and patterns to materials used for weaving.

3.) How-to Chair Caning Instructions
How-to article and tip sheet on the 7-step method of traditional hole-to-hole chair caning instruction, also sometimes called lace cane.

4.) How-to Remove Cane Webbing
How-to article and tip sheet on removing stubborn chair reed spline from the groove and removing the cane webbing, prior to replacing the new seat cane webbing.

5.) How-to Install Chair Cane Webbing
How-to article and tip sheet on the steps necessary to install chair cane webbing, sheet cane or machine woven cane.

6.) How-to Care for Your Cane Seat Furniture
How-to article and tip sheet on caring for furniture with cane seats, how to keep them in great shape!

Wicker Furniture Articles

1.) Wicker Furniture FAQ
Common wicker furniture questions asked by viewers with answers and solutions provided by Cathryn Peters.

2.) How-to Care for Antique Wicker Furniture
How-to article and tip sheet on caring for your antique wicker furniture the best way possible.

3.) Materials Used in Creating Antique Wicker Furniture
What materials were used in making the Victorian, Art Deco, and Stick Wicker Furniture?

4.) How-to Repair a Child’s Victorian Wicker Rocker
Step by step how-to article and tip sheet on restoring a child’s Victorian wicker rocker, complete with step-by-step photos of the process.

5.) How-to Paint Wicker Furniture
Always wanted to know what the steps are for painting your wicker furniture? Everything is explained here, so you’ll feel like a pro!

6.) Wicker Repair Process Slideshow
Watch the slideshow to see how an 1890s wicker sewing stand gets a new lease on its already long life!

Wicker and Chair Caning Materials

1.) What Are Cane & Reed?
History and descriptions of exactly what the differences are between these chair cane and rattan reed and how they are used in the construction of wicker furniture  and basketry.

2.) What Is Paper Fibre Rush or Paper Wicker?
Description of man-made paper fibre rush and comparison between it and rattan reed, used in the production of wicker furniture and chair seat weaving.

3.) How-to Gather Cattail Leaves
How-to article and tip sheet on the description and gathering of cattail leaves for use in primarily rush seatweaving projects and basketry.

4.) How-to Process & Weave with Cattail Leaves
How-to article and tip sheet on the processing of and weaving with cattail leaves for use in seatweaving and basketweaving projects.

Basket Articles

1.) How-to Care for Wicker Baskets
How-to article and tip sheet on caring for your wicker baskets in your collection.

2.) Handwoven Antler Baskets
Original design, contemporary, one-of-a-kind antler basket sculptures, functional antler baskets and art wall pieces by Minnesota antler basketmaker, Cathryn Peters.

3.) Antler Basket Patterns
Weave your very own antler basket with help from pattern author Cathryn Peters. Choose from over 15 antler basket patterns to purchase and get your weaving started!

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We certainly hope you’ve enjoyed all these FREE articles, hints and tip sheets. Thank You for your support on this information resource website! And thanks for visiting , come back often to see the additions and updates!

Be sure to see the Wicker Repair Experts–National Furniture Repair Directory™ to locate a restoration expert if your antique wicker furniture needs some TLC.

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