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Are you a new chair seat weaver? Getting into this seatweaving craft for either fun or profit? Are you intimidated by weaving your first paper rush seat? If so, then maybe this post will be a big help to get you on the right track.
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Rushing to start? Choose your best method

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Most likely you are familiar with the traditional way of beginning the paper rush weaving process, right? You’ve purchases you paper rush from the suppliers listed here on the Cane and Basket Supplies Directory™ and assembled all your tools, right? And you’ve removed the old seat and tacks using an upholstery tack lifter?

Paper rush gussets tacked to side rail

Paper rush “short row” gussets tacked to side rail

#1. Beginning steps for weaving a paper rush seat:

  • Measure the front rail and the back rail, marking the difference on the front rail
  • Determine how many “short rows” you will need to add on the front rail to “square up” the seat
  • Cut short lengths of paper rush
  • Attach them to the left side rail with upholstery tacks
  • Weave around the two front corners with each strand
  • Attach the ends of the short rows to the right rail with tacks


Alternate Ways: Starting to Weave a Paper Rush Seat

And if you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that there are alternate ways of starting to weave rush “short rows” in the gussets, too, don’t you?

#2. Using only cable ties to start and end the “short rows”:

Paper rush start using cable ties only

Paper rush start using cable ties only

Using only the cable ties to secure the ends of those short rows in the gussets, instead of pounding yet another upholstery tack into the side rails, really helps save the integrity of the wooden rails.

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Determine how many short rows you need to fill the space on the front rail that is the difference between the length of the front and back rails.

Double your length of the “short row” and then fold in half. Secure all the strands at the fold with long cable ties wrapped around the rail.

Leave the tab or end on the inside of the seat and cut as short as possible. This is in the gusset and will be covered by the weaving. And then on the ends, secure those with cable ties also.

It’s obvious here I should have used clear or white cable ties, but in the end result, they didn’t show at all anyway. But to be safe the next time, I used clear.

#3. Using cable ties and spring clamps:

Paper rush weaving start using cable ties

Rush start using cable ties

Why yes, it’s cable ties to the rescue! Hold all the doubled up “short rows” on the left with one cable tie. Then when you get to the right side, hold the ends in place with a spring clamp.

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After you weave around those corners a bit, then pull the spring clamp out and the weave will hold the end strands in place.
#4. Yet another way of starting to rush that seat???

Well, there’s yet another way to starting that rush seat that I’ll tell you about in the next post! So stay tuned for more!

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