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CANDY BASKETS : Page 87


Time and patience might be added to the above list, for it will take a good stock of both to make this basket. The result, however, should be pretty and original enough to compensate for it all. A length of No. 4 rattan is soaked until pliable. The end is then coiled into the smallest possible ring and a needleful of raffia is started, with the end toward the right, in the centre of the ring, and sewed over

and over from left to right with a tapestry needle. The next coil is brought around at a little distance (about the width of No. 4 rattan) from the first one and, when a quarter of the second row of coiling has been made, the raffia is brought down through the centre, up and round once again, thus holding the first coil to the second by a joining, which is made more secure by binding it twice around with the raffia in the opposite direction to the way it is wound around the rattan. When the coil has been brought half way around the second time another of these joinings is made. There is another one when three-quarters of the row has been coiled, and still another at the beginning of the third row of coiling. The next joining should be just to the right of the first one, and from that on, each row is joined to the next at the right of the joinings on the previous row. Thus these joinings form a pattern, like the spokes in the all rattan baskets, and answering the same purpose. As the coils grow larger the number of joinings must of course be increased, for the same reason that extra spokes are inserted in weaving, to keep the work firm. This is done by putting one between each of the other joinings. New needlefuls of raffia are always started at a joining. The needle brings the end of the old strand from

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