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Webbing a Chair

Hoop back chairs, before removing old covering, ready for re-webbing


From the diagrams below, the first one shows, removing all the old webbing and any tacks left in the wood with the use of a ripping chisel or screwdriver etc. and mallet. The second diagram shows the pattern in which the new webbing will be attached evenly to the chair frame.
Webbing diagrams

Using a full roll of webbing made from Flax and Cotton, usually Back and White. Centralise it in the middle of the frame leaving about 1 inch, 25 mm, overhanging the frame ready to fold over when you have hammered in three 20mm 5/8"tacks, two at the top and one at the bottom. Now fold over the inch spare on top of the tacked area and apply two more on top, one either side of the fold, at the edges, tacking through both thicknesses of webbing.

Now using a webbing stretcher tighten the webbing so that it twangs when tapped and apply three tacks, two at the top, and one at the bottom to hold it. Cut the webbing leaving an inch spare and fold over and apply two more tacks each side near the edge. This system will apply to all the strips of webbing attached. Once the three vertical strips are tacked into place, the three horizontal strips of webbing must be woven, one over one under or one under one over, to strengthen the webbing strips. When complete it is ready for the Hessian sheet to be tacked over and Bridle ties stitched in for inserting the Animal Hair or Coire stuffing.

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