Soumak Chair




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Hi, in this tutorial I will show you a variation of the Soumak weaving technique. With this weaving you get very striking patterns, it is very useful when you have an old chair and you want to restore it.


Step 1: Materials

  • Chair
  • Drill
  • Kite rope
  • Large needle
  • Wool
  • Scissors

Step 2: Holes for the Loom

Perform 9 or 10 holes with the drill through the supports of the chair, these holes will serve to pass the rope of the loom.

Step 3: Loom Construction

With the help of the needle, pass the rope from the bottom up through the first hole (the lower left hole), then continue to pass the rope through all the holes until you reach the last and return to a loom with double rope (see images) ). Finally, secure the loom with a knot.

Step 4: Soumak Weaving

The best way to explain the Soumak weaving technique is through a video, in this video you can see the creation of the fabric step by step. Follow the steps carefully to obtain the best result. If you have questions, you can see the other video attachment or ask me in the comments.

Step 5: Finishing

The weaving is deformed by tension, for this reason it is necessary to finish with ropes that support and shape the weaving. First a knot is made in the weaving and the rope is passed through the holes as shown in the images. Do this process in the front and back.

I hope that you all enjoyed this Instructable! Thanks for reading and watching.


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    8 Discussions


    6 weeks ago

    That's very interesting, both visually and conceptually, if I can say. Even if I would seat cautiously the first time ^^.
    However, I am concerned about the abrasion that could occur on a seat chair. The wool you used looks already quite fuzzy, I wonder how it will hold in time. A different fiber or a severely twisted structure may be tougher, I think. Or is it a particular wool?

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    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Honestly I chose this wool because it looked very soft thinking that what gives it the support is the base rope that I used in the loom. Hahaha I had to sit down cautiously the first time, just in case.


    7 weeks ago

    Looks nice. I have an antique cane rocking chair with a round seat. The cane is in the seat is gone, so it already has the holes. Can I use this technique on a round seat? Also, how much weight could it support?

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    Reply 7 weeks ago

    Thank you! :) Actually I have never tried to do this technique in a round seat, but I have seen that it can be done, an example is as shown in the following link: . About the weight that can support, I don't tell you with certainty, but the seat I made resists the weight of an average person.


    8 weeks ago

    I adore this idea! Now I have one more way to fix up old chairs. :D

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    8 weeks ago

    Nice work! That looks pretty comfy too! : )

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