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Rattan Bird's Nest with Raffia fop

Materials: 8 20-inch spokes of No. 4 rattan, 1 11-inch spoke of No. 4 rattan, 4.5 weavers of No. 2 rattan, 1 strand of raffia, A knitting needle.

In starting this nest the spokes are crossed and bound as for a basket, except that from the very centre they are turned up in a bowl shape. It is woven in under-and-over weaving in No. 2 rattan until at three inches and a quarter from the centre it measures fourteen inches in circumference. Here a doorway is made as already described, except that two spokes, instead of one, are left unused in the middle of the doorway, making a larger opening, and the weavers, which are doubled back to form the doorway, turn thirteen times. As in the green rush nest the spokes are drawn in by tightening the weavers from the bottom of the

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