|Project by Roz||posted 03-13-2011 06:00 PM||3747 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
In the past couple of weeks I have decided to give seat weaving a try. As of today I have done four. There are plenty of old Ladder Back or Shaker style chair frames around and almost no one who weaves seats. These chairs would have originally had Cane or white Oak seats. Some of these chair frames are very old.
I found suppliers online and ordered a variety of materials to experiment with. I discovered very good illustrated instructions free online and lots of help with figuring out how much material the job would take. I made the two colorful seats with Shaker tape, a cloth fabric tape requiring a foam core for the seat. The seat with the cord appearance is Sea Grass and the two color seat of splints is Flat Reed and resembles an Oak Seat in appearance.
The natural Reed and Sea Grass required about 20 minutes of soaking in water before weaving. I finished them with a coat of tongue oil but the instructions called for a mixture of thinner and Boiled Linseed Oil. Each seat took about one and a half hours to weave and I did them in the evening in front of the television. It was a lot simpler than I thought, and now I can replace chair bottoms with something more like what they originally had. I left the frames much as I found them, several still have some orginal paint. I gave them a good cleaning, lite sanding and a few coats of Tounge Oil.
There are a few more mateials I want to try and a few weaving patterns as well. Thanks for looking and give it a try.
-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."