A while back I made a post about paper rush seatweaving and the perils of not stuffing the seats with cardboard or something else to protect the strands.
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.
Here are some pictures of that paper rush seatweaving process and reasons why you need to stuff the gussets on a rush chair seat.
Remove broken paper rush from the seat
After cutting off all the old rush, I used a rasp to soften the sharp edges of the rails, before doing the next step of weaving.
Weave a new seat with the new paper rush
Then I began the weaving and did many rounds until the rails began to fill up. I made certain to leave myself enough room to insert the cardboard triangles inside the gussets.
Stuff and pad the pockets
The next step was to add the cardboard triangles in the four gussets or pockets on both the top and bottom of this rush chair seat.
Here’s a picture of the four gussets or pockets on the top side of the rush seat, already stuffed with cardboard triangles.
Without the cardboard stuffing and rounding off the sharp edges of the flat rails, the paper rush strands would break again.
And here’s a picture of the bottom four gussets, all stuffed with 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.
Complete the weaving process
And the final step was to finish weaving the remaining chair seat, ending up in the middle on the bottom, securing that final strand with a knot.
Now the seat is protected with cardboard stuffing in the top and bottom four gussets or pockets, supporting the entire seat.
Here’s the newly woven paper rush seat
And finally, a picture of the completed woven paper rush seat on the 1915 Colonial-style ladderback armchair.
However, this picture was taken before I applied a couple of coats of shellac. Doesn’t that look nice?
Do you also stuff the pockets or gussets of a rush chair seat with cardboard triangles or do you use something else? Tell me in the comments below.
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Happy Weaving, until next time!