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Flower Basket with High Braided Handle

Materials: Basket.—8 18-inch spokes of No. 4 rattan, 1 10-inch spoke of No. 4 rattan, 6 weavers of No. 2 rattan, 1/2 weaver of No. 2 rattan stained greea

Handle.—6 32-inch pieces of No. 2 rattan, A knitting needle.

A slightly concave bottom is woven, on eight and a half spokes, to a diameter of two and a half inches; when the spokes are soaked until pliable and then turned up with a very slight flare, to about an inch from the bottom. Here six pieces of No. 2 rattan thirty-two inches long are inserted, three on either side of a spoke, with the help of a knitting needle, which is first run down to make room for the ends. These six pieces are then braided into a handle (having two pieces in each strand) of the desired height. The ends are pushed down, three on each side of a spoke, directly opposite the one where the handle was started and the weaving of the basket continues. The half weaver in green is divided again and woven into one row of double weave ; then the spokes are wet and bent outward, until they are so flared as almost to be horizontal. The weaver must be pushed back to make it loose enough to allow the spokes to spread. The flare continues for almost two inches, when

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