A round Table-mat
The materials required are eight No. 6 cane stakes, each 15 inches long, and two lengths of No. 2 cane for weaving.
Take four of the stakes, place them on the board, and with the knife cut a one-inch slit – half an inch either side of the centre. Pass the other four stakes through these slits to bring them at right angles with the other stakes.
The slitting is a maus of holding the stakes firmly together, but they must also be bound with a row of randing. As soon as the first row is tightly woven the second pieco of cane is taken up to commence pairing. The base must be held between the thumb and fingers of the left hand, while the pairing is done with the right hand.
Continue pairing until the mat measures 5h inches across, then fasten off the ends of the pairing canes in the way suggested. To make the looped edge or open border, as it is sometimes termed, damp each stake end and bruise with the pliers. If the cane is not damped it will split as soon as it is pressed in the attempt to curve it. Before curving, the extreme end must be shaved to a point, then when the stake is curved the end can be pushed easily at the side of the stake inside the rows of pairing. The first stake is pushed down by the side of the third stake, the second by the sido of the fourth, and so on, always inserting the end to the right of each stake when viewed from the edge of the mat.
When all the stakes are disposed of in this way, carefully measure the loops to bring them all even. The mat is then finished and ready to use.
The making of this simple article provides the worker with practice in two important operations – randing, and pairing, and finally the looped edge.
When a wooden base is used the method of working is different.