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the basket is bound off and finished with Open Border No. 2. This, if the loops are low, not over five-eighths of an inch from the weaving, will make an appropriate and pretty finish.

Baby's Rattle with Handle of Rattan and Cane

Materials'- Rattle.—4 26-inch spokes of No. 3 rattan, 1 14-inch spoke of No. 3 rattan, 3.5 weavers of No. 2 rattan, 4 small round bells.

Handle.—1 length of fine split cane.

The spokes are bound and the weaving begun in the usual way except that from the centre the spokes are bent up and out, making a rounding top to the rattle. This flare continues until at two and a half inches from the centre the circumference is a little over ten inches. The weaver is then pulled more tightly, drawing in the spokes at first gradually and then decidedly until they almost meet, when four small bells are slipped in, and the weaving continued as far as it will go. All but one of the spokes are cut to a length of four inches from the last row of weaving, that one being left nine inches long. A length of fine cane such as is used in caning chairs, see Chapter XIII, is next wet for a few minutes and, after the spokes of the handle have been laid in proper order, it is started as close

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