Also known as Hand, Strand or Hole-to-Hole Caning.


Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for all.

One-day weekend workshop. 10am – 5pm.

Ever seen a great chair in a junk shop but noticed that the caning that spans the seat is sadly coming away at the edges? Sometimes a chair that had been caned has had an unsightly slab of plywood tacked onto the broken seat. This is an opportunity to increase your upholstery know how and bring a ‘once pretty’ seat up to scratch.

Now you will be able to snap up a bargain and re cane the seat yourself. The task is not as daunting as you think and can be done easily in a domestic setting with no specialist equipment- unless a washing up bowl and some golf tees could be defined as such.

This is a very old traditional craft, sometimes known as hand, strand or hole-to-hole caning. Specialist split cane is woven from side to side and fixed in place.

During the one day workshop, upholstery expert Rachael South will inspire confidence while guiding  you through the stages of intertwining the fine split canes. At the end of the day you will have completed a square panel of  traditional caning to take home with pride. The skills learnt during the day will enable you to embark on your own project at home. Rachael is a professional restorer and can also advise you on bigger projects you may wish to tackle. Read more about Rachael here.

All materials and tools supplied. We have cane to buy after the course if you want to get started as soon as you get home.

Beginners welcome. No previous experience of upholstery required.

If your chair is wobbly or scuffed – or even repainted, you can come to our ‘Intro to furniture restoration‘ day course and learn how to make it look loved and valued again.

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Dates for this workshop/Course

  • 15/07/2018
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm


49-55 Great Guildford Street
United Kingdom