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Cathryn Peters, Voysey ChairCathryn Peters Cattail rush

June 20 & 21, 2020

Cathryn Peters

Paper Fibre Rush or Cattail Leaf Rush Seat Weaving

$350* (cost covers instruction and lunch)

*materials extra – discussed and determined with Cathryn


In this two-day course you will learn how to weave the rush seat design pattern that forms four distinct triangular shapes meeting in the center. You’ve probably seen these before on Colonial ladder-back chair seats and other post and rail chairs.

Students will have their choice of weaving materials of either paper fibre rush or natural cattail leaf rush. Weaving with cattail leaves is for those that want period authenticity and want to try the challenging technique of hand-twisting individual cattail leaves to make your own rope-like weavers. Paper fibre rush is an easier to use, man-made, continuous strand product of rolled paper rope. It was invented in 1904, and made to resemble natural bulrush or cattail leaves.

The instructor will show you the tricks of the trade, using both materials, to speed and improve your weaving process. Standing for extended periods and moderate hand strength are needed for this weaving technique and there are repetitive hand movements with rush weaving.

Students are encouraged to bring their own post and rail chair frame, but must consult with instructor immediately on registration to make sure chair is appropriate for class. And by prior arrangement, also at time of registration, there are a limited amount of vintage chair frames that can be purchased from the instructor.

A fully catered lunch is included and served every day and drinks and snacks are provided all day. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary needs. It is a good idea to make your lodging reservations well in advance.

Tool List:

Towel, scissors, measuring tape, pencil, notepad, spray bottle, 2-large spring clamps

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