Tuesday Tips–Paper Rush Seatweaving

A while back I made a post about weaving with paper fibre rush and the perils of not stuffing the seats with cardboard or something else to protect the strands.  https://www.wickerwoman.com/tuesday-tips-paper-rush-weaving.html

I was having problems with my photo editor on the blog that day, so was not able to post the picture of the seat I was describing. So are some pictures and reasons to help you get the idea of how and why to stuff the gussets on a paper rush chair seat.

broken paper rush seat with no stuffing


I used a rasp first to soften the edges of the rails, before doing the weaving and adding the cardboard. Then all I needed to do was to add several layers of cardboard triangles into the gussets or pockets of both the top and bottom of this rush chair seat. Then it’s protected and keeps the rail from breaking the strands when someone sits on the chair seat.

rush seat cardboard triangles

Here’s a picture of the four gussets or pockets on the top side of the rush seat, already stuffed with the cardboard triangles.

rush seat cardboard packing triangles

And here’s a picture of the bottom, stuffed with the cardboard triangles also. Only one layer of cardboard was needed on both the top and bottom of this chair, since the seat rails were very flat (instead of being made out of round dowels) and the pockets created were rather flat, too.

paper rush bottom cardboard stuffing

And here’s the final completed woven paper rush seat on the 1915 Colonial style ladderback arm chair, but before the final finish of varnish was added. Doesn’t that look nice?

newly woven paper rush seat

6 thoughts on “Tuesday Tips–Paper Rush Seatweaving”

  1. Randy & Kim Walker

    I stumbled on to your site, while looking for a cane back sofa we purchased a couple of days ago.
    Great site by the way, A lot of great info. I was hoping I could send you some pictures and see if you might know some info about the sofa.
    Thank you,
    Randy & Kim

    1. Thanks for the compliments on my site Randy & Kim and I’m happy to hear you’ve gotten a cane back couch, but I don’t give appraisals. I am not certified to do so and whenever you get an appraisal, you want to get one from someone that’s certified so the appraisal is authentic and will stand up in court, should you ever need that. However, Richard Saunders is a wicker furniture author, has been a restoration specialist (although does not do repairs anymore for hire) and is a certified wicker furniture appraiser. He’s listed on my National Furniture Repair Directory in the Wicker section, so please contact him about the appraisal of your cane back sofa.

    1. Yes Jan, I still prefer using old fashioned varnish on the paper fibre rush, because as I’ve stated before, if you get water spots on the shellac, it leaves a white spot or patch and I don’t like that. Whereas with a varnished seat, a spill doesn’t hurt or change the color of the rush. And we all know how many times grandkids or adults for that matter, can spill on chairs don’t we?

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