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be finished with a coat of creosote shingle stair in

gray, dull green or brown.

Raffia and Rattan Bird's Nest

Materials: 8 14-inch spokes of No. 3 rattan, 1 8-inch spoke of No. 3 rattan, \.5 weavers of No. 2 rattan, A bunch of raffia, A tapestry needle, No. 19.

A nest which has the scent of the woods about it is woven of raffia and rattan. It is soft, light and firm, and as pretty as can be. Two groups of spokes, one of four and the other of four and a half, are crossed in the centre, bound three times with a strand of raffia and woven in under-and-over weaving into a bottom an inch and a half in diameter. Here another weaver is added and an inch of pairing woven, forming the bottom into a bowl shape with sides rounding up from the very centre. A row of pairing in No. 2 rattan is next woven, to hold the slippery raffia firmly in place. This is followed by five-eighths of an inch of raffia in pairing, the sides still being flared. Then two rows of pairing in No. 2 rattan are woven, drawing the spokes in very slightly. At this point, the widest, the nest should measure eleven inches in circumference. A row of under-and-over weaving is started, and at the place chosen for the doorway the weaver is doubled back on two spokes, one on either side of a spoke in the centre of the door-

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