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Chair Caning (short course)

Why study this course?

This course will allow you to gain experience in the art of chair caning. It is suitable for those wanting to work commercially, either as part of an upholstery or restoration business or for a hobby, as well as those with a chair they want to repair themselves.

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During this course, you'll be shown the stripping down process and how to revive and repair the chair frame where needed. The class will go through the six weaving stages and you'll be shown how to peg the completed seat and apply a beaded trim if appropriate for the seat. Finally, the cane seat will be given a protective dye or wax.

Course structure:

  • stripping away the old cane and conducting repairs to the frame
  • start caning stages one and two
  • caning stages three, four and five
  • caning stages five and six
  • completed seat finishing

By the end of the course, you will have the ability to:

  • use a range of tools and equipment safely and correctly
  • prepare chairs for re-seating
  • select, prepare and handle materials to the best advantage
  • work the six-way standard pattern, placing settings, weavings and crossings appropriately and interweaving all stages correctly
  • apply the six-way standard pattern to trapezium/bow-fronted chairs
  • work beaded and pegged finishes, securing all loose ends and trimming neatly
  • select and apply colours to finished caning
  • apply loom cane to the appropriate frame

The course is suitable for upholstery students, furniture design students and craft enthusiasts, with beginner to intermediate levels of experience.

"Rachael South was a true pleasure to meet and learn from. I really enjoyed her pacing and process. We all had plenty of time and attention from Rachael to focus on our individual projects. I would gladly come back for more."

Course dates 25 to 28 July 2018
Length Four days
Day and time Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Maximum class size 8
Contact hours 20

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

Students will need to buy a small cane dining chair – prices vary. For further information, please email 

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

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When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

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