Not just loose joints, but some good sized cracks threatening to chip right off...
The seat had kept it's shape so nicely over the years but surely in a chair of this age, the burlap covering the springs will be deteriorated...it is, and in fact the jute twine shows signs of finally fraying and giving out, too. I'll simply keep what's there, reinforce with new twine in a 4-hand tie and slip in some new webbing from underneath.
Why only 4 and not 6 or 8 ties? Well, could be the light frame of the chair wasn't meant to handle that tension. 4 ties are all that kept this seat so beautifully trussed up for years, so I figure it's good enough for another 50 (or more). The springs had been handtied to the webbing too, so I like to replace them one at a time with new webs and since this chair was small, I used a curved needle and strong thread on them too, instead of my klinch-it tool. Sometimes the old ways are best..
It looks great in a heavy cotton faille printed with a magnified red and white floral. Purchased at Treadle Yard Goods on Grand Ave., the jacket or dressmaker fabric was heavy enough for this application.