HOW TO MAKE A WOVEN CHAIR
Hooked Zpagetti, 95% cotton, 5% synthetic, 49m/54yd per 380g, one cone each in Coral Watermelon (Yarn A) and Superb Yellow (Yarn B) Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky, 50% wool, 50% acrylic, 55m/60yd per 100g, one ball in Peach Orange (954) (Yarn C) Katia Peru, 40% wool, 40% acrylic, 20% alpaca, 106m/116yd per 100g, one ball in 34 (Yarn D) Tapestry needle Rattan chair So you’ve bagged the holy grail of thrifted finds – a vintage rattan chair – but it’s looking a bit worse for wear. Chunky yarn to the rescue. Stash dive for a handful of rich hues, then spend an evening wrapping, knotting and weaving to create an refashioned throne fit for your home oasis.
Tweak the look to suit your chair’s curves and cover any tatty bits, and if you find it tricky to secure the yarn in place with knots, try a staple or glue gun instead.
01 Take a length of Yarn A, approximately 60cm (235/ "), and 8 tie it around the back of the chair with a simple securing knot. Next, wrap the yarn evenly around the structure, pulling tightly as you go. You’ll need both hands to keep the yarn in place as you wrap.
02 Once the section is wrapped, tie the loose end to the back of the frame, then tuck it back up inside to hide it and give a neat finish.
03 Using new lengths of Yarn A, repeat this process for the rest of the back of the chair.
04 Cut a 2m (78¾") length of Yarn B, then use a plain weave stitch to thread in front of and behind the vertical back structure. The rattan is acting as the warp and the yarn as the weft. Ensure you alternate the weave with the row below, repeating until the pattern reaches about 3cm (1¼") in depth.
05 Repeat Step 4 using a 2m (78¾") length of Yarn C. Weave further layers of the two colours to create a 10cm (4") section of woven texture. Once finished, tuck the loose ends into the back of the weaving to create a neat finish.
06 Tie a 3m (1181/ 8 ") length of Yarn C to the bottom of the vertical frame structure. Working upwards, wind the yarn around the frame tightly, ensuring the coverage is even. Once covered, tie the loose ends and tuck back into the frame.
07 For the rya knots, cut Yarn D into three 20cm (8") lengths, fold in half and wrap around the frame.
08 Pull the loose ends tightly through the loop created and trim to leave 5cm (2") lengths. Repeat this process at regular intervals along the front of the frame.
09 Next, wrap the arms of the chair. Starting at the bottom of one arm, tie on a 40cm (15¾") length of Yarn A and wrap it upwards for 10cm (4"). Using a tapestry needle, thread the end back into the wrapped yarn for a tidy finish. Repeat on the other arm.
10 Take the tapestry needle and thread on a 30cm (117/ ") length of 8 Yarn B. Weave this in front of and behind Yarn A to create a woven effect. Thread the loose ends back under the yarn to finish, then repeat on the other arm.
11 The soumak stitch sits on top of the woven section created in Steps 4-5, and is great for adding texture. Working on the back of the chair, start by pulling Yarn B under two warp pieces, back over these two, then under the following three warp pieces and back onto the past two pieces. Repeat this process. When going back in the opposite direction, repeat the same process to create a braided effect.
12 Create six chunky tassels using Yarn D, then fasten them onto the back of the frame, using the main image as a guide to placement.