She Works Hard for the Money
This chair took me two days to weave. I started the one in the back first, but realized the weave wasn’t tight enough. I couldn’t have done this without first watching this fantastic video by Ed Hammond. I think the next chair will progress more quickly as I know what I need to do without having to double check at each step in the process. Some tips for Danish paper cord weaving:
- You order your supplies in a huge roll of cord. Most of the weaving is performed using cord directly from the roll (to avoid having to cut and tack each segment and for a cleaner look on the underside) – I strongly suggest using something to keep the roll in 1 piece, like a vertical pole attached to a base. In the video, Ed has attached his to a rotating wheel which is very handy. If you don’t do this (and I did not do this, so that’s why I’m writing these words of wisdom) somewhere along the line, your spool will become tangled. If you think untangling a string of Christmas lights is annoying, try untangling one that is 100 times that length. It SUCKS. So, get a spool holder.
- Don’t be too conservative when wrapping the front and back rails. You shouldn’t see a lot of wood through the strings and if you don’t wrap enough between the long strings you will end up in this situation. I think the ideal scenario is 5 wraps between each segment in the front, and 4 in the back, with some room for variance if you just can’t get to that number.
- Your hands, back, and any other part of your body that is involved in repetitive movement during this process will ache, be raw, sore, red, or rashy. I advice stopping every 30 minutes for a walk and a stretch. Wear long sleeves to avoid scraping your forearms across your legs or the ropes. I’ve seen some videos where people wear well-fitting boating gloves. It might be an idea.
- Knitting needles in the last part are super helpful in getting the cord through the small openings
After a 2 day break I feel that my fingers have healed enough to proceed. So here I go… chair number 2 is on the roster for today.