Natural rush and paper rush are woven the same, but are very different materials!

Learn to weave with paper rush on a chair or stool with four rails.

How do I know if my chair has paper or natural rush?

1. Paper rush is a more solid cord, even in color, like the photo at the top of the page. When broken, it usually occurs across a rail as if it were cut. Natural rush has variations in color and it will flake off like dried grass when broken.

2. Paper rush looks pretty much the same on the top and bottom of the seat. On a natural rush seat, the bottom of the seat is often poofier than the top.

*You must show proficiency in paper rush before moving on to natural rush.

General: Rush weaving dates back thousands of years to ancient Egypt. Normally bundles of grass are twisted and then wrapped around the rails of the chair.  Any chair with four rails can be repaired with this technique.


Rush Weaving a Chair Seat
NEXT CLASS STARTS • August 16, 2017

$250.00

Learn to weave with paper rush on a standard chair seat made of four rails.

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Learn to weave a chair seat with paper fiber rush.

Paper rush is also called fiber rush.

Learn to weave a chair with paper rush.

Class Length: Approximately 8 hours, can be split into 2-3 days.

Class Size: 1-4 people

Cost: $250 Includes eight hours of instruction, all tools/materials needed to complete one chair seat, & after-class assistance on future projects.

BYOC: Bring your own chair or we can provide one for you with advanced notice at $20.

After the class:  your new seat will need a shellac coating.  The chair should dry overnight before the shellac coating. We can do this for you the next day, you can return to the shop to do this after class, or we can send you home with simple instructions to do it yourself.

NEW! SEAGRASS WEAVING CLASS: September 7 & 8, 2017. Thurs & Fri 10am-2pm. Learn to weave with pre-twisted seagrass on a chair with 4 rails. Same process but different material. You may weave with paper rush in this class if you do not want to work with seagrass. Our first seagrass class is

Special considerations:

  • Rocking Chairs are generally not suitable for a class setting. Send us a photo of your chair if you wanted to learn on a rocker, we may be able to accommodate if it is small.
  • If your chair has wooden edging to remove from the sides of the seat, this must be done before class. We can remove and re-attach the skirts for a fee but this should be done AT LEAST ONE DAY BEFORE CLASS and will require 1-2 days after the class to reattach and match color.  This could be done by any furniture restoration professional in your hometown.

IMPORTANT: Please read through our Workshop FAQs.

Additional information

Class Dates

August 16, 17, & 18, 2017 • 9am-12pm, September 7 & 8, 2017 • 10am-2pm • Seagrass Class, September 12, 2017 • 10am-7pm, November 6 & 7, 2017 • 10am-2pm