A few summers back I happened to drive by a sign that claimed to have old wooden chairs in need of new seats at bargain prices. I bought six chairs, the seats broken out of them all. Precisely what I had been looking for…but didn’t need! It’s been two years, and all I’ve done is paint the chairs.
With my new grad course, I finally got the motivation to start working on the seats. A Networked Learning Project (NLP) was assigned in class. We were asked to choose something we had always wanted to do and then only use resources from the internet to learn how to do it. Perfect, I’ll learn how to reseat an old chair!
I’ve spent loads of time online this week looking for inspiration and instruction. I saw traditional rush and splint woven seats, but that’s been done and seemed bland. What I was looking for was color. After a few hours of research, I finally happened across a website that showed seats that were colorful, unique, and attractive. “Weave Chair Seats With Paracord” on instructibles.com shows precisely how to weave a new seat on an old chair using paracord. A quick search online helped me find paracord in every color imaginable, which I immediately ordered.
This won’t be my first time weaving. I wove a basket as a teenager, so it is possible that I’ll have enough knowledge to transfer to the present challenge of creating a seat. I remember the first week of class that “some kinds of learning experiences result in effective memory but poor transfer; others produce effective memory plus positive transfer” (Bransford, Brown, and Cocking, 2000, p. 51). The coming weeks will show what kind of learning took place for me.
Bransford, J., Brown, A.L. & Cocking, R.R. (Eds.). (2000). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience and school. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. Retrieved from https://www.nap.edu/read/9853
Kentdvm. “Weave Chair Seats With Paracord.” Instructables.com, Instructables, 1 Oct. 2017, http://www.instructables.com/id/Weave-Chair-Seats-With-Paracord/.
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