Chair caning - an introduction

Showing shell bodkin


Chair caning is a traditional craft dating back to the 1700s (in London). It is also an interesting and rewarding one. Let’s keep it going!

As a practising chair-caner I would like to pass on the basic skills to a few other people.

This one-day session is at the Shoreham Centre, 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5WU

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

In this one-day session you will weave a traditional 6-way pattern on a practice frame. Tools can be borrowed and cane for this session is included.

We will talk about:
1. Choosing tools and materials
2. Weaving the six way standard pattern step-by-step
3. Pegging and finishing
4. Considering your project chair and its existing weaving.

The list of things to bring will be confirmed for each booking.

What you will need

1. Bowl about 8”/20cms in diameter
2. Small towel or cloth
3. Box of cotton buds
4. Sharp wire cutters or toenail scissors
5. A simple chair (we can discuss in advance)
6. Small hammer or leather hammer/mallet
7. 4cm allen key, and
8. A dust mask
9. Shell bodkin (supplier info. provided)
10. Chair cane (advice & supplier info. provided)


Louise Paul at Basketcaseweaving
41 Hampden Road
East Sussex

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users




5½ hours (10:00am to 3:30pm)

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