Step Six The Second Diagonal Strands

Now you weave another set of diagonal strands, but this time you start at the back left corner and weave the first strand from there to the right front corner.

The procedure is exactly the same as in Step Five, except that now you weave under the side-to-side pairs and over the back-to-front pairs. Just as in Step Five, you will find it necessary in some places to use one hole instead of two.

We always find this step a little difficult because you now have a lot of cane in place, and the weaving becomes harder. Here are some tips that seem to help.

  1. Sponge the seat frequently to keep the cane moist, pliable and slippery.
  2. Use your awl or ice pick to help fish the ends of the strands through.
  3. The chair holes have now become crowded and inserting strands in them is no longer easy. If you insert your awl into each hole (carefully, so as not to spear or split any cane) and wobble it around a little, you will reposition the cane in the hole and make room for the new strand.

This last weaving step also is the most satisfactory because the final pattern of your cane seat begins to appear, and it

Now we start Step Five, weaving in the first diagonal strands Start in the upper right corner, and peg the strand in the hole there Then run the loose strand across the seal to determine j!s track.

Weave the diagonal strands, going under each horizontal pair and over each vertical pair Pull the strand tight after each weave
By now the chair holes are becoming crowded with cane. Carefully insert your awl or icepick into a hole and wobble it around This compacts the strands already in the hole and clears space for the new strands.

grows with each new strand. You suddenly see the end of your work — and it looks good. One good thing about weaving strands of cane by this method is that the strands are more or less self-aligning. The regularity of the design and the precise shape of the holes in the seat require no extra effort on your part. They simply appear automatically as you weave one strand after the other according to the directions.

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