Chair Caning and Seat Weaving (short course)

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Why study this course?

This course will allow you to gain experience in the art of chair caning and seat weaving. It is suitable if you want to work commercially, either as part of an upholstery or restoration business or for a hobby, as well if you would like to restore the chair yourself.

More about this course

You will need to provide a chair or stool which is suitable for caning, rush, seagrass or Danish paper cord. Please email the tutor before the course to check suitability.

During this course, you'll be shown the stripping down process and how to revive and repair the chair frame where needed. 

Depending on your chair you can learn one or two of the following techniques:

  • six-way traditional chair cane pattern
  • hand twisted rush seating
  • reel rush seating
  • seagrass woven seats
  • Danish paper cord seats

You'll be shown how to finish the completed seat and apply any trim if appropriate for the seat. Finally, the seat will be given a protective dye or wax.

By the end of the course, you will have learnt 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 for whichever technique your chair requires
Depending on the chair you choose you may also learn:
  • the six-way standard cane pattern, placing settings, weavings, crossings and interweaving
  • the envelope pattern for all rush seating using hand twisted river rushes
  • basket weave, twill or maze pattern for all seagrass seating
  • Danish basket weave for paper cord chairs fixed with L shaped nails.
  • how to apply loom cane to an appropriate frame

It is important to let us know which style of chair you are learning with so we can ensure the correct notes and materials are prepared.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

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

Course structure

What our students say

"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

Course dates Course will be rescheduled to summer 2021
Length Four consecutive days
Day and time Tuesday to Friday, 10.30am to 4.30pm
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.

What's included in the price?

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

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive a notification as soon as booking opens.

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.