Well, this topic of joining paper rush strands using hog ring pliers is one that I thought I’d already covered here on the Weavin’ Wicker Woman blog, but I can’t find one single post on it, so here goes…

paper rush coil

One pound coil of paper rush used in weaving paper fibre rush chair seats

Back in 2010 at the 3rd Annual Gathering of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.® at Tillers International in Scotts, Michigan, one of our members, Jan Stansell from Georgia, introduced a time-saving tool she uses when weaving a paper fibre rush chair seat.

paper rush hog ring pliers

Hog ring pliers and clips for joining paper rush strands

Until seeing and trying this method, I had always unraveled the end of the old strand, applied some carpenter’s yellow glue to it and then placed the end of the new strand in the old and rewrapped the two strands together.

paper rush join gluing

Then I would hold the splice until the glue dried, using a snap clothespin. I was careful to do all this splicing inside the gussets or pockets created on either the front, back or side rails, so they would be hidden by the weaving and never exposed to view.

paper rush join glue

Now instead I use this quick and dirty way of joining paper rush using hog ring pliers and rings, saving me a bunch of time and messing with the glue!

joining rush hog ring pliers

Measure so the join will be inside a gusset or pocket, then take out the little metal clip, put it in the pliers around the two end pieces of the rush splice, and pinch!

paper rush join clip

Only takes about a second and there’s NO MESS at all. Boom, you’re done! Slip the join inside the gusset between the cardboard layers and go on with the weaving!

2 hog ring plier rush joins

Thank you, thank you, thank you Jan Stansell and the members of The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc.®! We always learn so much at the Gatherings, especially during the Tools, Hints, Tips and Sharing workshop/seminar.

Won’t you join us this July 25-27, 2014 in Massachusetts at the Old Sturbridge Village for TSWG 7th Annual Gathering and meeting of the corporation? We’ll save a seat just for you!™.

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