How to Weave Rope Seats

Alright so today on Repairs101 I�ve got
a really cool one for you. I�m going to show you how to replace a missing seat or
chair back by weaving rope, string, yarn, twine, whatever into this really cool checkerboard
pattern. Alright? Stick around, you�re going to want to learn this one.
So as I progressed into this project I remembered all the details I�d forgotten like leave
enough slack in the Warp because otherwise it gets so tight that you won�t be able
to finish it and you�ll have to pull it all apart.
You�re going to need a couple of different sized shuttles to wind your cord onto and
I made these out of eighth inch plywood. So just load up your shuttles by winding it around.
OK so the Warp is the underlying structure of the weave. Start by securing the cord with
a Clove Hitch. If you don�t know how to tie one check out my video �Ten Plus Knots
You Want To Know�. OK so this is very important � at the beginning
and end of every five turns I wrap a crossbar to make a spacer row in the Warp.
OK so I learned this skill probably twenty five years ago when I was an outpatient in
the Workers� Compensation Hospital�s vocational rehabilitation program. So I made this one
back then and gave it to my parents as a Christmas gift because, back then, um I was pretty much
penniless and to tell you the truth as soon as the Workers� Compensation Hospital was
through with me I was homeless too. Although, OK not exactly homeless, I had this garage
that I rented and in spite of the fact that I was living there and I was months behind
in my rent and it was not zoned for residential use – the gentleman who owned the place, Don,
he um, he was kind enough not to throw me out. OK so the point of my story is: I come
back to my garage after working all day and I kick back on my work bench. So I�m laying
there on my back with a bag of day �old donuts that I bought for two dollars and I
fell asleep eating them with the light on. And so a couple of hours later I wake up and
I open my eyes and perched here on my chest, right about here, is a big fat hairy rat about
six or eight inches long and he�s eating my donuts!
Use your separator sticks to hold the Warp apart in groups and pass the shuttle in between
them. And, yeah, you have to weave both sides for this to hold securely. OK so it�s just
a matter of passing the shuttle around through five times, wrapping the sixth as a spacer
and then continuing weaving five rows at a time opposite to the next five rows and separated
by a wrap around the crossbar. Now as the space gets tighter you�ll be
glad you heard what I said about making sure you weave the Warp loosely. Switch to your
smaller shuttles and smaller spacer sticks. For your last group of five you�ll probably
only have room for a crochet hook. Then just take a few minutes to space all the cord out evenly.
And maybe you want to give it a haircut if you bought the cheapest kind of twine available,
like I did. Alright and there you have it: it�s a skill
that�s being lost to mechanization around the world.
Alright so thanks for watching and don�t forget to subscribe and if you enjoyed today�s
video please share it with your friends. And I was real grateful that he trusted me
that way and of course I paid him up in full before I did move on and I thank him for trusting
me to do that.

79 Replies to “How to Weave Rope Seats”

  1. Very neat skill, thank you for sharing. I must admit that you captured me with the story so much that I couldn't pay all that much attention though. Need to watch it again 🙂 What a story, I bet you have more of those! 🙂

  2. i can relate to your story. .one reason i subscribed to channels in the how to category. .i thank more than my vocab demonstrates!

  3. I'm building a weird modernist chair and I couldn't figure out whether I wanted to do seat cushions or something else, but I think this video made me decide on weaving at least the back. Thanks for putting this out!

  4. Hi there, the spacer disappears at about 1 minute 49 seconds into the video, but the string still looks really tight and the spacer doesn't return. Has something been missed out there or have I missed something?

  5. Great video! I have woven a few chair bottoms with a thicker Sisal rope. I have read that you can put a light coat of polyurethane on the rope seat after it is finished to protect it from stains and also to smooth down the itchy fibers. It for sure needs something to block stains and dirt, but i'm just thinking that maybe with a natural fiber rope the poly may degrade the rope over time and make it brittle. Im thinking if i were to use this method, perhaps i might do a light spray-on coat or two and leave it at that. The rope i use is about the size of a pencil, so Im not entirely sure if the light coats of poly would hurt it at all. Have you tried that method before?

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this lost art! Too many people are willing to let this ancient skill just fall by the wayside…

  7. when you switch from the big shuttle to the small one, (or run out of twine), how do you start the new piece of twine? Do you just tie it to the old piece and like tuck the knot in somewhere to hide it?

  8. Out of curiosity how strong is the seat after its used with twine? And whats the approximate cost using twine? Doing a rope chair for my construction studies project.

  9. Hi there, love the video and have the stool frame ready to order up the twine; can't wait to get going. Can you let me know how to work out how much to purchase please? Cheers Helen

  10. hello! thank you for the tutorial. what kind of twine rope did you use for this weaving chair. I would much appreciate if you can share with us and where did you buy it.
    Thanks Zohar

  11. thanks for not making this video a half hour long. i plan on weaving out a rack similar to this to put my futon up in my camper. wonder what your thoughts on misting it with beezwax or lindtseed oil or both for preservation?

  12. Hi…what kind of a knot do you use to tie the twine together when you move to the Small shuttle. Roughly how much twine is needed for this?

  13. Hi, thanks. I've just followed your instructions and am really happy with the result. I used cotton baker's twine, more expensive but not prickly.

  14. that a lot of work to do…but in the end…like a magic…i liked to much..maybe i want to try..

  15. instead of hair-cutting the ropes, may be socking the ropes to transparent burnish or some sorts of socked treatment like fermented juices of tender velvet apple that make the rope stronger and resistant to rotting due to humidity over the year.
    We in the south Asia use this technique for strengthening our fishing nets against rotting in water, it creates a dark ash color, but highly effective.

  16. Coupla questions:
    1. How much give is in the seat as it’s wrapped here? It’d be nice to see ya test the final product.
    2. Is it possible to adjust the tightness once it’s wrapped? (Without starting over.)
    3. Most importantly, what about the rat? What happened to the rat?

  17. i might do this to my seat base on my old car, the original bases or diaphragms are made of rubber and perish/crumble away


  19. kudos to you for your effort to keep traditional skills like this alive!!!! Thanks a million and great video. I tried it recently even though I forgot to move the spacer every 5 rows , so now it looks like 2 separate levels , but I'm going to add another level and weave it right . Just one suggestion to all , if the twine is not good quality then it tends to unravel and split apart making it hard to pass the shuttle through at some point , so get a good quality twine , you'll be sitting on it likely for many years, so thanks again for all the good stuff you share with us !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. trabalhos feitos por mãos de anjos …como gostaria de tomar um curso deste…muito obrigada pela aula

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