Class Image Bring a Chair, Weave a Seat

Bring a Chair, Weave a Seat

Save a seatless chair from the trash heap! In this workshop, you’ll learn to use Shaker tape to bring function back to a ubiquitous chair form that can be found in thrift stores and on roadsides all over the country. Weave new life into a treasured heirloom or create one of your own over the course of a weekend evening + afternoon. The history of Shakers and the seats they wove will be discussed and various weaving patterns will also be presented. Although there will not be time in class, we will also consider ways to restore the frame of the chair with different hardware store finishes and paints. No experience necessary. 

Additional Information:
  • Students will bring their own chair to class. If they are unable to find one, they can contact the instructor who can source one for an additional fee.

  • Chairs must have four round rails for weaving. The instructor will consult with students one week before class to be sure they have the correct chair.

  • To allow for personalization, students will purchase Shaker tape online from sources that the instructor will provide. Estimated cost for materials is $50-60.

  • Please bring the following to class if available:

    • Butter knife

    • Flathead screwdriver (the longer the better)

    • A blanket or towel (yoga mats work great too)

  • Registration will close two weeks prior to the start of class to allow time for email consults and material sourcing.

  • Enrollment is open to students ages 18 and up