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CANDY BASKETS : Page 79


Open Work Candy Basket

Materials: 24 30-inch pieces of No. 2 rattan, 2 weavers of No. 2 rattan.

This basket is a popular one, not at all difficult to make, and with a pretty little lace paper doily by way of a lining it holds candy very well. The twenty-four pieces of rattan, previously soaked until pliable, are separated into groups of six each which are arranged in the Indian way described on page 67. A weaver of No. 2 rattan is doubled around

the upper end of the vertical group, with its ends toward the right. It is woven in two rows of pairing, starting at about an inch from the centre. A third row of pairing is then woven, dividing each group into groups of three each. The ends of the weavers are finished off by cutting them, at about an inch beyond the end of the third row of pairing, and pushing each through a loop in the weaving on the wrong side, to hold it fast. Each group of three spokes is then brought over the next group on the right, under the following one, over the next, under the next and outside down by the weaving, making a loop about two and a half inches high and some long ends of each group. The first loops especially, should be left loose, so that the last two or three groups can be easily finished off. When this mat has been made even on all sides, by pulling the loops out or drawing them in, it is molded up into a bowl shape with the hands. It is then placed, top downward, on the worker's knee and a weaver of No. 2 rattan doubled in the centre is started, around the end of a group, at the point on the circumference of the basket where the first pairing ended. Three rows of pairing are woven to make the beginning of a base, taking care not to draw in the groups too much, but to keep the sides of the base straight. The end of each group is then brought

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