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HANDLES : Page 47

Basket with Small Side Handles

Materials: Basket—8 24-inch spokes of No. 4 rattan,

I 13-inch spoke of No. 4 rattan,

4.5 weavers of No. 2 rattan.

Handles—2 22-inch pieces of No. 4 rattan,

A knitting needle.

Strong practical handles are in keeping with the plain bowl shaped basket in the picture, which is rather like a doll's clothes basket and may be used for one. After weaving a slightly concave bottom, four inches in diameter, the spokes are wet and bent upward; rounding them over the finger as described elsewhere. The sides are gradually flared until, when four full length weavers and a half have been used, the basket is seven and a quarter inches in diameter. The top is then bound off and completed with a border as follows. In the first row, each spoke is brought back of the next one on the right and then out. In the second row, each spoke is brought back of the succeeding one on the right and then out. The third row is made by bringing each end over the next spoke on the right, and pushing it inside the basket just back of the succeeding spoke and directly above the weaving.

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