Know How to Weave Seats Using Cattail Leaves?

Cattail leaves used for rush seatweaving
Cattail leaves used for rush seatweaving.

Have you ever woven a natural cattail leaf chair seat? It’s an age-old craft that not too many seat weavers practice anymore but is very rewarding, fun to do, and can be quite lucrative because it’s so rarely done anymore in this day and age.

hand-twisted cattail leaf rush seat
Hand-twisted cattail leaf rush seat

On a fairly regular basis, I teach hand-twisted cattail leaf rush seat weaving to make sure the craft is not lost on future generations.

Cathryn demonstrating how-to weave a cattail leaf rush seat

And also demonstrate the craft at local historical societies functions, pioneer days events, city centennial celebrations, art & craft shows, through The SeatWeavers’ Guild, Inc. at our Annual Gatherings and other rustic-type or historical re-enactments.

Members of The SeatWeavers’ Guild 4th Gathering trying cattail leaf seat weaving

If this blog post has piqued your interest and you’d like to learn more about hand-twisted cattail leaf rush chair seat weaving, see the classes I’ve offered in past years at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

hand-twisted cattail leaf seat weaving class
Hand-twisted cattail leaf seat weaving class

You might like to also visit the cattail leaf articles pages of my website and also watch the videos about cattail and bulrush seat weaving on my YouTube channel.

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4 thoughts on “Know How to Weave Seats Using Cattail Leaves?”

    1. Hello Faith,

      I’m not sure what bench you are referring to. If you mean the small rectangle stool toward the bottom of this post, it’s natural cattail leaves that we are hand-twisting to form the weaving strands.

      Hope that answers your question.

    1. Thanks for leaving your comment on the cattail rush seat weaving Loie, maybe I’ll offer a class in Cook sometime or demonstrate at the Spring Art Expo!

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