How to simply weave a rattan outdoor chair
Today, do-it-yourself everything is fashionable. This also applies to furniture. Especially used wicker furniture made of materials such as willow twigs, natural or artificial rattan. Of course, it is difficult for beginners to immediately weave a large sofa or table, but an ordinary street chair is quite suitable for a start.
A wicker chair looks great in the summer at the cottage or open veranda. In addition, such a product has its advantages:
- a light weight;
- low cost;
- environmental friendliness;
- simplicity in leaving;
But at the same time, it is also necessary to take into account the disadvantages, which include exposure to moisture and temperature extremes. Because of this, it is better not to keep wicker furniture in the sun and in the open air all the time.
Rattan is a good material for weaving. This plant is a species of lianas, native to Asia and the Pacific Islands. Rattan is most resistant to moisture, and there is also an analogue of natural - artificial rattan. It is much more affordable and easier to use.
Before you start weaving a rattan chair, you need to imagine what it will be. You can make a frame or take a simple chair, and then braid it with a rattan. This is the easiest option. Experienced craftsmen can weave a chair entirely out of rattan.
In the network you can find weaving patterns and carefully study them. There are several main species, but they are still subdivided into subspecies:
- Solid dense weaving - it is simple, rope and checkerboard.
- Openwork - is divided into chess, rosette, ring and spiral.
- Pigtail - so decorate the decorative elements and the hem.
- Bending - these species weave the edges.
To begin with, it is better to take an artificial rattan, which does not require preliminary preparation for weaving and braid the frame of the chair with it. It is made of strong boards: a stool on four legs with a back is knocked down. The surface can be left without treatment, since it will still not be visible under the weave.
Further, the process looks like this:
- Harnesses are made on the seat of the chair. They are performed using the pigtail or coil method and are stretched as much as possible. The harnesses are fixed with a stapler and fixed with a bar for self-tapping screws.
- The frame is braided in a dense staggered way, the tape is laid in one direction, two short segments alternate with a long one.
- After the first layer is ready, a tape is woven into it with alternating one long and two short segments. You can use multi-colored ribbons so as not to get confused. Each subsequent tape is shifted one tape to the left.
- If there are tails, they are fixed, and the excess is cut off.
- Similarly, in a circle, starting from above, the back and sides are braided. The tape is taken long, but if it is not enough, another piece is attached with a soldering iron.
- The bottom of the chair can be braided to the end or leave the legs.
Such a design can be made even by a person without sufficient experience. Having trained on a frame chair, you can then weave a rocking chair or other items: a table, ottoman or sofa.