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, hopefully this post will be a big help to get you on the right track to conquer your fears.
Most likely, you are familiar with the traditional way of beginning the paper rush weaving process. But did you know there are at least four techniques you could use to set up the foundation before starting to weave the pattern?
Rushing to start Weaving? Choose your best method
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First things first though, you’ll need to take some pictures of the old seat, both from the top and the bottom.
Then, remove the seat using an upholstery tack lifter, utility knife, and a pair of scissors and set it aside in case you need to refer to it again for any reason.
Next, purchase your paper rush from the suppliers listed here on the Cane and Basket Supplies Directory™ and assemble all your tools and materials for the project.
Alternate Ways of Starting to Weave a Paper Rush Seat
#1. Standard 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 to reach from side to side weaving around front corners
- Attach the strands, one at a time, to the left side rail with upholstery tacks
- Weave around the two front corners with each strand, starting on the left and ending on the right
- Attach the ends of the short rows to the right rail with tacks
#2. Use cable ties to start and end the “short rows”:
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 the length of the “short row” and then fold it 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 to the right rail 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:
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.
After you weave around those corners a bit, then pull the spring clamp out and the weave will hold the end strands in place.
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#4. Yet another way of starting to rush that seat???
Well, there’s yet another way to start that rush seat that I’ll tell you about in the next post! So stay tuned for more!
Did you know there were so many ways to attach the “short rows” and square up a rush seat?
Let me know in the comments below, just how you attach the short rows to the side-rails.