Wicker furniture requires a great deal of talent and a lot of hard work. Its attractive shapes emphasizes a room, attracting attention away from the wall designs and toward the furniture designs. This is a weaving technique that has been passed down the generations, yet it requires a talented hand to master. It was unearthed in ancient Egypt for the first time.
What it is?
Wicker is typically constructed of plant-based materials including willow, rattan, reed, and bamboo, but synthetic fibres are now being used as well. Wicker is both lightweight and durable, making it ideal for objects that will be moved frequently, such as porch and patio furniture.
Why is it so popular?
Wicker has a light and airy quality that makes it excellent for both indoor and outdoor use in hot conditions. It has a natural, organic look that would go well with other natural and eco-friendly decor. It also looks wonderful with colourful pillows, which can be used to complement any current outdoor living space or sunroom decor.
1. Under-and-Over weaving (or “randing”): This is the simplest strategy, so it's also the most straightforward. To weave this design, start by laying down one strand of fibre. Continue in this manner by laying another perpendicular fibre on top of it. A quick and basic weave is created by interlacing these fibres so that they travel "under and over."
2. Double weaving: Double weaving is similar to single weaving, however, it uses two separate fibre strands instead of just one.
3. Pairing: Pairing uses the same fundamental pattern as Under-and-Over weaving, but with a twist: a strand (or double-strand) of fibre is brought in and crossed between each spoke, allowing the weaver who was previously "under" to be hoisted to an "over" position.
4. Waling: This is a weave that is commonly used to create the vertical spokes of a woven object. It's a sophisticated interlocking mechanism that provides good strength and allows the spokes to maintain their orientation, allowing the entire construction to maintain its shape.
5. Triple twist: The triple twist strengthens a weave by interlacing three weavers at once; it's especially beneficial when fresh spokes need to be put into a weave pattern and maintained in place.
With staples, vertical rattan strands are secured to the piece of furniture. The ultimate result is then created by weaving the horizontal strands in and out. When finished, the frame will be completely covered. Although a professional weaver will produce a dense and consistent rattan weave, there may be minor variations across pieces of furniture. That is the charm of handcrafted things!