Jill Woods taught natural (cattail) rush at the gathering this year.
Jill harvested the cattails herself and explained how to harvest (and get permission if on public or private property), dry, store and rehydrate for weaving natural rush chairs.
Cattail needs to be hydrated by misting and wrapping in a sheet (not soaked in water)
Always twist the cattail away from the corner as you twist 2-3 together, adding new ones in the corners or by using a half-hitch in the middle of the run (in the center).
Mist as needed to keep moist.
Each piece of cattail needs to go through a wringer (If you have one) or run them individually over the back of an awl or table knife to remove excess moisture and air bubbles.
Be sure to let the weaving dry for a day or so after weaving 4-5 inches, as the cattail shrinks and will need to be adjusted as you continue weaving. The excess cattail on the bottom will be clipped off and used to stuff the inside of the seats as work progresses.
"Preserving & perpetuating the craft of chair caning and seat weaving!"