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Birds' nests : Page 114

A flat stick about I inch wide and 1/2 a yard long, A tapestry needle, No. 19, A pair of scissors.

The negroes in the South often nail gourds to poles and trees for the birds to nest in. Borrowing their idea, why not enclose a gourd in knotted raffia, suspending it by a soft handle of braided raffia, which can be so twisted as to hold the nest at the angle best calculated to suit its tenants? If you are so fortunate as to have a gourd vine

growing in your garden the most important part of this nest will be easily obtained. If not, however, you can probably buy one for a few cents at a

shop where natural curiosities are sold. The one in the picture came from such a shop, but then it had a long, twisted handle. This was cut short, and then fourteen strands of raffia were knotted around a stick, as described in the directions for a knotted work bag in Chapter II. When five rows of knotting had been completed, the work was slipped off and finished. A strand of raffia was next passed through the lowest meshes and drawn up tight. The ends of the strands were cut close at the bottom, and after two small holes had been made, half an inch apart, through the soft gourd at about quarter of an inch from the edge and exactly opposite the stump of the handle, the knotted bag was drawn up over the gourd and fastened by passing a mesh of the first row over the handle. It was further secured by threading a strand of raffia through the loops at the top of the knotted bag, drawing it up close around the opening at the top and passing the ends through the holes in the front of the gourd, where they were firmly tied.

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