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Brown Rush Candy Basket with Overlapping Cover

Materials: Basket.—8 18-inch spokes of No. 4 rattan,

1 10-inch spoke of No. 4 rattan, 16 9-inch spokes of No. 4 rattan,

5 weavers of No. 2 rattan,

Flat brown rush. Cover and Handle—8 16-inch spokes of No. 4 rattan,

1 9-inch spoke of No. 4 rattan, 16 8-inch spokes of No. 4 rattan,

1 12-inch spoke of No. 4 rattan,

5 weavers of No. 2 rattan,

Flat brown rush,

A knitting needle.

The soft shades of brown in the rush, combined with rattan in its natural color, harmonize beautifully

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in this basket which, after it has been used for candy, may be lined and transformed into a work basket that will last for years. The eighteen-inch spokes, in groups of four and four and a half, are crossed in the centre and a length of brown rush, previously wet until pliable, is bound about them in this way: The end is started back of the upper vertical spokes and lying along the horizontal ones, with the tip toward the right. It is then brought in front of the upper vertical spokes, down back of the horizontal ones to the right, in front of the lower vertical ones, then diagonally up back of the centre to the space between the upper vertical spokes and the horizontal ones on the right; next in front of the horizontal ones on the right, diagonally up across the back of the centre to the space to the left of the upper vertical spokes. Then down in front of the horizontal spokes on the left, and back to the space on the right of the upper vertical spokes, where the spokes are separated and the weaving begins. A centre three and three-quarters inches in diameter is woven of rush, then the extra sixteen spokes are inserted, one to the right of every spoke but one, on the wrong side of the work, and two rows of triple twist in No. 2 rattan holds them firmly in place and covers the joining. Four rows of rush are woven, and the spokes are wet

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