Rush and Cane seat weaving
Beginners Rush and Cane Chair Seat Weaving is a two day Course

Dates and times:

Saturday & Sunday 22nd - 23rd June

Cost:£240 including enough materials to complete one small footstool or chair seat. a light lunch will be provided on both days.


About the course 

Learn the skills of the ancient craft of rush weaving, still practised by dedicated crafts people and appreciated in the modern home. You will be able to strip and re seat a small footstool with new rush in a one day class, a chair will take you longer.


Bring new life to that sad piece of cane furniture that has seen better days and weave a six way pattern with split cane. This kind of work can be slow and repetitive and we estimate that you will probably need to attend on more than one single day in order to complete your piece. If you choose to work on a complex piece of furniture you may need extensive guidance from the tutor and you will need to attend for several one day courses.


What and how do you learn?

Your tutor will give presentations and demonstrations of skills and techniques, which you can then practice and master by working on pieces of your own choice.

Each student will follow their own area of personal interest and work on either a Cane or Rush chair seat or footstool.

A one day course will give you a good introduction to seat weaving and provide some basic skills but it will not make you an expert.


Areas of development taught and demonstrated will include.


  • Stripping and clearing old seat materials.

  • Advise on cleaning and reviving existing polished surfaces.

  • Identification and correct preparation of cane and rush materials.

  • A basic six way cane weaving pattern

  •  Rush seat weaving

  • Pegging and finishing techniques

  • The use of a range of specialist tools and equipment correctly and safely.

Good projects for beginners might be a small bedroom chair with a cane seat,  or a footstool or chair with a rush seat


About the tutor – Sheonagh Winterborne is a member of the basket weavers association, an expert in chair seating and a furniture restorer. Sheonagh is also an experienced teacher and former lecturer of Leeds College of Art.

Dates and times: Saturday & Sunday 10am- 4:30

Classes run with a Maximum of 8 students per class.

Course includes the cost of materials and a light lunch on both days.


Resources: A range of specialist tools and equipment is provided for you to work with and Rush and Cane will be supplied for a small seat or footstool.

Details of a range of suppliers of resources can also be given