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Pre-Twisted Seagrass Rush

Item #
48401
Rating:
70% of 100
Pre-Twisted Seagrass Rush
Pre-Twisted Seagrass Rush
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Pre-Twisted Seagrass Rush is similar in appearance and quality to traditional cattail rush, which is increasingly difficult to find. Seagrass rush is 100% natural, and made from a grass with straw-like qualities. It comes pre-twisted on the coil, so no tedious twisting is involved. The color and thickness may vary, but in general, it is a mixture of tans and greens, which brown with age. As with most natural products, it can be dyed. Perfect for antique chair seats, footstools, barstools, restoration projects and more.

Technical Details:
  • Seagrass Rush is pre-twisted to save you time.
  • Each coil measures approximately 350', or 2.2 lbs-enough to weave two average chair seats.
  • Color and thickness may vary slightly.

(1) 2.2 lb. Coil of Pretwisted Seagrass Rush
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number REALRUSH
Weight 2.2000
3.5 / 5.0
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Plenty to Do a Seat Bottom
Easy to re-do a seat bottom with this rush. All you need is a few clamps and a little patience.
January 25, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
This is my first try at using the pre-twisted Seagrass Rush, but the chair seat is going very well. I am really happy with the finished product.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
as advertised
April 25, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
I used this product to replace a chair seat. The result is functionally okay, but I found the material to be more difficult to handle than I had anticipated. It retains a "memory" of the coil and is difficult to weave without kinks, which can easily damage the integrity of the strand.. I wondered whether the flexibility could have been improved by soaking with water, but did not try that. I also found that joining pieces together and fastening a termination point were also challenging. It would have been handy to have an instruction sheet with a few application tips.
Overall a successful project.
March 20, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Seagrass rush vs. Fiber rush
I found the natural seagrass rush (48401) to be difficult to use. When dry, it wouldn't bend around the chair frame or tie in knots without breaking. When soaked in water long enough to become pliable the seagrass untwisted and the rope fell apart. I switched to your fiber rush (15926) and achieved much better results.
July 8, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
twisted seagrass
tears like toilet paper. totally unsuitable for chair seating
March 11, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
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Restore an antique dining room chair that had deteriorated.
William H W on Jun 22, 2018
For two small rickiung chairs
David T on Sep 18, 2017
Restore an antique dining room chair that had deteriorated.
William H W on Jun 22, 2018
Found I had more chairs that needed to be re-rushed!
Joan A on Dec 13, 2017
For two small rickiung chairs
David T on Sep 18, 2017
My friends and I decorate gourds ( paint, wood burn , carve, etc.) we like to use thing natural as mush as possible.
Robert A. M on Jun 29, 2017
Bird safe product for us to use for enrichment.
Julie M on Feb 19, 2017
good price and hard to fine
conrad c on Nov 16, 2016
Have ordered this before and I love it. It does not make two chairs, though. I only got one and had to order more. But at this price it is still a great deal!!
Lois G on May 23, 2015
Seagrass rush was the most authentic available material to reweave the seat of the antique chair that I am restoring
Lewis W on Apr 19, 2015
I bought this to restore an old chair. I've done some caning but not a lot, so I've also purchased the Handbook. The seagrass seems like the best option for the use I will make of the chair and I like that I don't have to twist it.
Rex M on Apr 13, 2015
Found I had more chairs that needed to be re-rushed!
Joan A on Dec 13, 2017
My friends and I decorate gourds ( paint, wood burn , carve, etc.) we like to use thing natural as mush as possible.
Robert A. M on Jun 29, 2017
What is the diameter of this pre-twisted sea grass rush?
M M on Dec 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Approximately 1/8th inch. It is available in various diameters. I chose this size because - measuring the weaving on the existing chair seat - I found that it was about 7 1/2 'turns' per inch. Be aware that the rush needs to be dampened before use: I suppose that causes it to swell, so I found I had to tamp down each 'course' of the rush as I wound it around the seat frame.
Disclosure: I am a beginner at chair-seat-weaving. Although my attempts turned out satisfactory, I am no expert.
'Paper' twisted into a cord works quite well, is a little more consistent than rush and comes in predictable diameters.
Good luck - it's kind'a fun.
I have a child's chair that came from the 1950's. It looks like it was done with this seagrass, but I don't have a pattern. Can anyone help?
Linda H on Oct 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It probably uses the standard rush pattern but without seeing the chair it is hard to advise. It could also use a Herrington pattern or another standard block weave. Whatever you decide to do the you will have to soak it for 30 minutes or so in hot water. Hope I helped. Randall Ritchie
I am wanting to redo the seat of my childhood rocker. I was wondering if I should use flat reed or sea grass rush? I have never done caning before
DEbbi on Sep 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Before you get started, determine what the rocker seat was originally done with. Reed (cane) is generally flat and very hard. A typical weaving pattern leaves lots of small holes in the weave.

Rush is round and soft. Rush is made of a number of different types of materials-- Cat tail, sea grass and paper.

Cat tail is hard to find and very expensive. Sea grass is easier to find and a reasonable substitute for cat tail. Paper rush (made of material similar to shopping bags) is the least expensive. Due to the consistent color of the material, it doesn't look as authentic as sea grass.

When a chair will get heavy use by children, paper rush is the best choice by far. When a chair will be used by adults (or just be on display), sea grass gives a more authentic look.

The tools used for cane are very different than the tools used for rush. The tools for rush are essentially identical, regardless of the material. You'll want to pick up two to four spring clamps, which will function as 'extra hands'. You will also want to pick up or make some sort of shuttle, which will help prevent the coil of rush from getting tangled.
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