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Hi Cathryn,

Sorry if you received this post twice--I went to attache pics and my original post disappeared.  I have a chair from Sri Lanka with a hand woven seat. It is unusual because there are NO corner holes to run the four main diagonals. The existing (previously woven) cane acts as a sling to anchor the diagonals. Additionally, the holes begin on the top side of the rail but exit on the interior side of the rail.  Any hints as to how to recane this chair?

Hi Gloria,

What an interesting chair, I've never seen a hole-to-hole chair seat woven like that before in the corners. But you are in luck, just follow the previous weaver's design and everything will be fine.

Put in the first four rows as you would normally and make sure when you go from one of the sides (back in the corners) to the others, you weave diagonally under the seat to the other side, just as they did.

Don't tie knots either, follow my directions for a No-Knot seat, so you don't have to cut the strands and can take the strands underneath from hole to hole.

Then when you do the four corners with the diagonal rows, you too can pick up the cane as they've done to make that sling effect!

Wish you'd also sent me a picture of the top side of the seat. It's possible that something else can be done instead, but this seems like a good solution, surely is one that I've never thought of before! Thanks for sending the pictures.

Good luck on the project and keep in touch through my website. And please consider joining my Seatweaving and Chair Caning Forum sometime, too.

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The Wicker WomanŽ-Cathryn Peters


I will answer any questions having to do with antique wicker furniture, wicker furniture repair and restoration, chair caning and all other types of chair seat weaving techniques and patterns. I DO NOT GIVE APPRAISALS or free WHAT IT'S WORTH valuations, nor do I buy/sell wicker furniture at this time.


Since 1975 I've been repairing and restoring all types of wicker furniture from the 1880s-1940s, with a special interest in the Victorian era. I'm proficient in the repair and restoration of all types of chair seat weaving; hand-twisted cattail and bulrush, paper fiber rush, chair caning of all types, Shaker tape, Danish cord and seagrass. I also teach chair seat weaving at folk schools, basketry conventions and private individuals or groups. I also offer consultations, and will demonstrate and lecture on the craft topics of chair seating, wicker repair and basketry. I am also web master of, online since 1999 and founder and moderator of the Seatweaving & Chair Caning Forum since 2004.

Founding member and first President of The SeatWeavers' Guild, Inc. (TSWG 2007-2011), Seatweaving & Chair Caning Forum founder and moderator (2004-present), charter member of the National Basketry Organization, numerous regional and state basket guilds, and member of the Basketmakers' and Chair Seaters' Association (BA) located in the United Kingdom.

Woman's Day Budget Decorating Ideas 2006, Country Living August 2004, Finishing & Restoration Magazine, October 2002, Barbara Brabec's Handmade For Profit, Homemade Money-Starting Smart! and Homemade Money-Bringing in the Bucks!, Collector's Journal, Basketry Round-Up #2 by Shereen LaPlantz, Splint Woven Basketry by Robin Taylor Daugherty, 101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women by Priscilla Y. Huff, Ralph & Terry Kovel's Yellow Pages of Restoration Experts, Small Town Minnesota from A-Z by Tony Andersen and monthly Wicker Furniture columnist for Minnesota's The Old Times newspaper in 1993 & 1994.

High school graduate, self-taught, and "school of hard knocks" for all the rest!

Awards and Honors
I've been involved in several unique wicker restoration projects such as weaving two wicker chairs for the Johnson Wax Replica Sikorsky S-38 Amphibian Airplane in 1998, then two more in 2000 for Buzz Kaplan, owner of Born Again Restorations, the company that created the replica Sikorsky, and did the restoration of all the wicker furniture in the Itasca State Park, Bemidji, MN during their Centennial celebration in 1995. I've also served as Chair Seatweaving Mentor to an apprentice through the Minnesota State Arts Board Folk Art Grant program in 2000, been the recipient of a McKnight/Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC) Career Opportunity Grant in 2004, and the recipient of a McKnight/ARAC Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2005.

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