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Really hard and the seagrass keeps breaking! :o(
on 6 September 2012
Firstly, I love the kits made by House of Crafts as they are usually fab quality and easy to achieve good results. However, this kit is hard - very hard. The techniques and instructions are superb as usual with this brand but the seagrass was an absolute nightmare to use.
You put together the stool frame and stain if needed. I used some garden stain and it looked lovely and the frame is brilliant quality. You then leave the frame overnight to allow the glue to dry. One point to mention is that the PVA glue that was included in my pack was in a dry solid lump so totally unusable, however I just used some No More Nails instead. I think that was just unlucky but be prepared in case air is getting into the glue pouch in many sets.
You also need 2 pieces of wood 1/2 inch square by 12 inches long which enables you to get the tension right. These are not included and you will need these so make sure you have these sticks available.
Next comes the harder bit! You tie the seagrass to the frame or use a tack to keep it in place. You then need to twist round the front frame and then take the sea grass to the back frame and do another 2 loops. After this you bring the seagrass to the front (on the top side of the frame) and take it to the back of the frame (underside). You basically do this 4 times and then do a further to loops of the upper and lower frame. It sounds confusing but it is surprisingly simple when you can see the diagram on the instruction sheet. BUT and its a big but, you then need to go from side to side and weave in and out. This is a nightmare and my seagrass kept snapping so it was not great quality. I know its a natural product but its a real pain as you have to tie pieces together and I ended up with knots everywhere and it just looked awful. The finish was saggy, twisted and lacked any durability. I do admit that some of the problem might have been me as I have never done weaving before but I can promise you that it is extremely hard.
Its an expensive kit so rather than waste it, I kept the frame and cut a top for it so I was able to pad and cover it with fabric so alls well that ends well.
You can give it a go, but be warned - its not for the faint hearted!