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OVAL BASKETS : Page 123


and the ends of each group are brought over the next group on the left and

pressed down inside the base, where they are afterward cut short.

Japanese Oval Basket

Materials: Basket—4 28-inch spokes of No. 4 rattan, 1 15-inch spoke of No. 4 rattan, 6 26-inch spokes of No. 4 rattan, 12 weavers of No. 2 rattan.

Handle and Bask—9 34-inch pieces of No. 2 rattan, 21 5-inch pieces of No. 3 rattan, A knitting needle.

One of the most attractive oval baskets is copied from a Japanese model as follows : The six twenty-six inch spokes of No. 4 rattan are laid on a table horizontally; across these vertically the four twenty-eight inch spokes, with the fifteen-inch spoke between them, are placed. The end of a very pliable weaver is laid along the top of the uppermost horizontal spoke back of the vertical spokes with its tip toward the right. The weaver is then brought forward around the vertical spokes, down back of the upper horizontal spoke, then forward around the vertical spokes three times, down back of the second horizontal spoke on the right, over the vertical spokes (between the second

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