What is the difference between Traditional Natural Rush and Reeled Rush?
Reeled Rush

Reeled Rush is made from natural rush stems that have been twisted into a rope or cord to make a continuus length of material rather like a large ball of string (such as hemp or sisal) that you might use in your garden. The rush is supplied in reels of various diameters and weights. The reel illustrated above is a 5kg reel of 4/5mm diameter reeled rush.

Traditional Natural Rush

Traditional natural rush or 'cattails' are harvested annually and supplied in bolts of various sizes usually weighing about 1kg.

The bolt of rush illustrated above was sourced from the Somerset Levels and is harvested annually in June/July. This rush is regarded by many as the best rush available in the UK, as it matures to a beautiful golden hue. Rush imported from european sources is also available.

The rush stems are sized in order to maintain a consistent diameter on a finished seat and at least two stems are twisted together and laid in opposite directions during construction in order to ensure that the strand diameter is as consistant as possible.

Weaving A Seat With Traditional Natural Rush - Double Strand Pattern.

The time taken to complete this seat amounted to approximately three days work.

First Step

Fill in the sides in order to square up the rush. At this stage the weave is only on the front rail.

Moving On

Having squared the work area it is now possible to continue to build up the weave working from corner to corner in an anti clockwise direction.

Double Strand Pattern

In order to create the double strand pattern, it is necessary to add an exrtra figure of eight 'loop' on each side as the work progresses.