Re: Pottery barn stools
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:06pm

Hi Katie, could you please introduce yourself to us here on the forum and tell us what state you live in? You've already said that you haven't done any seatweaving at all, so we know you are a beginner, thanks for letting us know that. Have you done any basketweaving or loom weaving at all?

Do you have stools that need to be fixed or chairs like the ones in these pictures? The chairs are way beyond a beginner level repair job! Even for us seasoned wicker repair folks, which is what this is, it would take a tremendous amount of time to restore this type of chair.

To do this one correctly you'd have to take all the materials off the seat and down to the framework and start over from scratch, weaving the whole thing again. The spokes (rattan reed spokes running from front to back) and the weavers (running side to side) would all have to be taken off and rewoven with new materials.

And although Pottery Barn is calling this material, "seagrass," it's not like any seagrass available to us here in the States. The closest we can come is a nubbier and tightly woven seagrass rope-like material. You can go to my Cane & Basket Supplies Directory™ to check with the various companies listed to see what materials we can obtain.

But really, for your first repair job, I would suggest you concentrate on a simple hole-to-hole cane footstool or a trapezoidal chair seat. Then after you have several of these and lots of other types of seat weaving patterns and materials under your belt, try a simple wicker repair job, not as extensive as this one.

Here are some pages on my website that would be very helpful for you to read:

And if you decide to hire someone else to do the repair/restoration job, please take a look at the repair pros listed on my National Furniture Repair Directory™ to find someone near you.

I don't want you to get the wrong impression here, however. A beginning weaver can certainly take their time and figure out the weave, but when you are new to all this and attempt something so difficult, it's easy to get discouraged and frustrated and NEVER want to try weaving again!

Speaking from experience here, after being in the biz for over 40 years now...Best to start slow and ease your way into the hard to repair and exceedingly difficult pieces!

The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn Peters

  • Re: Pottery barn stools katecelusta, Mon Jun 19 8:22am
    Sure, here is a link to pictures! Thank you!
    • Re: Pottery barn stools The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Mon Jun 19 2:06pm
      • Re: Pottery barn stools katecelusta, Mon Jun 19 4:13pm
        Hello Cathryn! Thank you for your thorough response, I appreciate it a lot! I have done several furniture makeovers, but have never tried seatweaving. Well I already bought those barstools and have... more
        • Re: Pottery barn stools The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Mon Jun 19 11:13pm
          Depending on what's underneath the weaving, you MIGHT be able to upholster instead of reweaving in seagrass. That's a thought, anyway! Good luck in whatever you decide to do with them. But are those... more
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