Beginning Chair Caning


Learn the basics of the traditional art of chair caning.

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Date: August 13, 2022

9 am – 4 pm 

Skill Level: No prior knowledge of caning or caning skills needed. Ages 12 years & up.

Class Registration Fee: By July 22, 2022: $80.00

After July 22, 2022: $90.00

Ever wonder how a caned chair seat is made?  Then this is the class for you.  In this class participants will hand-cane a wooden trivet using natural strand cane.  Other topics that will be discussed include:

  • the difference between the various types of caning
  • the different types of caning materials
  • the 7 step method of hand caning
  • how to care for caned furniture

This class will not address any painting, staining, or wood finishing issues.

Students need to bring the following supplies:

  • small hand clippers or shears
  • 1 or 2 small rags
  • spray bottle
  • bucket or tub for water (in addition to spray bottle)
  • paper for notes
  • pen or pencil
  • an awl or ice pick
  • a dozen or more golf tees or caning pegs (optional)

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class): $25.00 to cover cost of trivet kit.  Kit includes trivet frame, natural strand cane, binder cane, instruction booklet, and 10 caning pegs.

Mary Jo Harris lives in the knitting mecca of Madison, WI.  She has been a teacher all of her adult life and has formally taught knitting for the last 10 years at various Sheep and Wool Festivals, Fiber Festivals, Knit-In’s, Madison College, and the Wisconsin Craft Market. For the past 7 years, she has included Chair Caning classes to her teaching repertoire and has taught local classes in addition to classes at the WI Sheep and Wool Festival, Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, Shepherd’s Harvest (in Minnesota), Missouri Fiber Retreat, and Michigan Fiber Festival.

Under her designer name of Jo Harris, Mary Jo designs knitting patterns and has written a book entitled ‘Double Knitting – Inside Out’ which is available through Amazon or Ravelry.  An active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters’ Guild and a former employee of the Wisconsin Craft Market, Mary Jo has an almost constant opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting-related.  She’s willing to ‘talk chair caning’ whenever and wherever she can too!