Seat weaving and chair caning are alive and well on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Thanks to the continuing education programs, over 120 people in Mississippi have learned this time honored craft since 2007.
Classes are fun, with the focus on making everyone successful. The ability to laugh is a requirement.
Chair Seat Weaving
Gulfport, MS Gulfport High School, every Thursday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., beginning 10 February 2022 for six weeks. For details and to enroll see the Gulfport Community Education website, Community Education / Arts (gulfportschools.org). Instruction will include traditional laced cane, fibre rush, flat reed, and machine woven cane. Bring your own chair or stool and be ready to make it "sit-able" again. For more information and registration, contact Ginger Walker with Gulfport Community Education, 228-896-7622.
Waveland, MS Unfortunately, the Hancock County City & Community Education Program, which sponsored Chair Seat Weaving and many other classes, has been terminated due to lack of funding from the community that established it. These include Hancock County Board of Supervisors, Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District, Hancock County School District, and the City of Waveland, which have ended their funding.
ONLINE INSTRUCTION FOR SEAT WEAVING
PEERLESS RATTAN , at www.PeerlessRattan.com
A chair caning material business that has been around for over 100 years. Excellent videos for different styles of weaving that are easy to follow.
SILVER RIVER CENTER FOR CHAIR CANING
Enjoy visiting a fascinating chair caning museum online. Here you will discover remarkable facts about the history of this time honored craft. A variety of how-to videos are also available here. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAuF0UNEuRm0GcZyM1_XAVw