Step Foursecond Sidetoside Strands

Now install the second strands across the seat, but this time the strands are woven, and not just laid in.

Before beginning this step it is a good idea to moisten the cane already in place by wiping your wet sponge across it several times. This will help during the weaving process.

Insert the first new strand in the left

The cane tends to dry out as you work with It Keep a sponge soaked in Ihe giycerine-and-water solution handy, and remoisten the cane at regular intervals
Here Ihe work has progressed to Step Four when the second layer of side-to-side strands are pul in Now. for the first lime, you start weaving. Each new side-to-side strand is woven over Ihe first and under the second strand In each front-to-back pair

Notice that as we weave, the pattern of the cane is becoming visible and regular, aligning itself

This is the seat at the completion of Step Four, with two sets of strands in running vertically and two running horizontally Note that we have not yet put in the single strands near the very front or at the last row in back.

Step Five has progressed and the fifth diagonal strand is about to be woven in. Note the holes in the lower left. It was necessary to weave the same strand in and out of the same hole in both the first and second holes. This was done to keep the strands aligned and olten is necessary at corners. When doing this, anchor the strand around a cross piece of cane under the seat before coming back out the same hole back hole, being sure that 4 inches of the strand extend below the hole. Now take the end of the new strand and work across the seat. The cane should go over each strand laid in Step Three, and under each strand laid in Step One. If you work from the left, as suggested, this means that at each pair of back-to-front strands you encounter, you go under the first and over the second strand. (Remember, you laid the second back-to-front strands to the right of the first.)

If, because of the shape of the seat, you laid short strands at either the front or back, these should be left single, and not doubled up. This would occur only if the seat were curved sufficiently at either the front or back, as it was at the sides.

When you finish Step Four, you have a grid of squares on the seat. You can take one of your hardwood pegs and adjust the position of the strands wherever the little squares appear to be irregular. Just put the peg through the hole next to any strand that is out of place and push with it until the strand is positioned properly.

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