West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Course Details - Rush Seating Weekend

This is a weekend for learning the techniques of rush seating. So you know where it is! That wonderful old chair that you couldn't bear to throw away. Its been sitting there for ages waiting for... waiting for Susie Bishop! This is a unique opportunity to learn how to restore rush seating from a master. An immensely practical 2-day workshop with the prospect of taking home more than just a head full of ideas!

Title Rush Seating Weekend with Susie Bishop
A weekend workshop in rush chair seating with Susie Bishop. We suggest that you might like to start with a stool - always a welcome addition to the sitting room for those evenings where you just want to put your feet up! Or if you are like me - stack high with the weekend newspapers!  If you have a small and simple chair needing restoring this should be possible too.

So bring along your own chair for rush seating or a stool kit will be provided for an introduction to rush seating.

Which ever you choose please contact Susie beforehand to let her know and discuss your needs.
About the tutor
Susie's work is wonderful.  The patterns are beautifully intricate yet with simple elegance and symmetry.   Just imagine sitting on a chair that you have restored to its original glory!  She is also teaching Rushwork in 2012.  Don't miss this new course. (Kate Sankey)

You can find a more comprehensive bio here.
Prerequisite knowledge/skills
No previous skills are required to come on this workshop.
Course format
You will learn about the material and how to handle it, clean it and select the rush.  Techniques will be demonstrated and individual advice offered as necessary. 
After completing this course...
You will have learned and practiced all the basic skills necessary to complete a rush seat/stool. As a bonus, you will take home an old chair that has become both more useful and beautiful or you will have your very own rush stool.

Duration This is a two-day course, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 17:30
Dates There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
Meals Country farmhouse fare will be provided together with generous supplies of teas and coffee.
Accomodation There may be one of the award winning Trossachs Yurts still available. Luxury glamping.
Disabled facilities Disabled parking, access and toilet are provided.

More information Susie or Kate
How do I book a place? There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
What should I bring with me?

Chair frame with rush seat.   If it needs repairing, painting or polishing this will have to be done before the course, as it is difficult to do afterwards. (Check with Susie re advice on removing rush). If you have a rush chair which needs re-doing bring it along OR you can use a stool kit. Please bring, if you have them: craft or Stanley knife, ruler, sponge or J-cloth in old margarine tub or similar, sidecutters or long- handled toenail cutters.  Other tools wil be available to borrow or buy.

IMPORTANT: Please contact Susie to let her know whether you would like to do a rush stool or if you want to restore an old chair.  Please remember that the chair should be small and as square as possible otherwise you will struggle and the longer it will take!! 

Are there any other related courses I can attend?
If it cane seating that you want to do then there will be a Cane Seating Workshop with Susie Bishop scheduled but not until 2018. 
If you want to do more rush seating then there will be another weekend arranged there will be a 10% reduction on your a second weekend workshop!