To make a Teapot-stand
Materials re-quired: Special tiles can be obtained on wood bases pierced with holes, but failing one of these use a square wooden base, bored with holes, and cut a piece of brown felt to fit it.
Cut from No. 5 cane sufficient stakes to allow one for each hole in the base, each seven inches long. Three lengths of No. 2 cane will be required.
Put the stakes into the holes and let each project inches. It must be just large enough to reach the stakes, not the edge of the base.
Work two rows of upsetting on top of the felt, using three lengths of cane, which should previously have been cut to measure the outside edge of the square base, with an inch extra. Press the cane down well, especially at the corners, and draw the cane tight, but while doing this be careful to avoid bending the stakes.
Bases for tea-trays can be purchased in whitewood, oak, or heat-resisting material backed with wood. Choose a useful size, 18 inches by 10 inches, and cut from No. 5 cane sufficient stakes 14 inches long to allow one for each hole bored in the base. About half a dozen lengths of No. 2 or No.
Pass a stake through each hole to project h inches. Make a trac-foot border, instead of one like that used on the basket. This is worked in this way.
A Trac-foot Border
After damping the cano pass the first stake behind the one on its right, then in front of the next two stakes, and let the end rest behind the next . To finish off, draw the last end under the first stake that was turned down. The extreme end can then be slipped into its proper place close to the base-board.
Turn the tray the right way up and press down over the foot border. See that all the stakes are upright, as much depends on this to make a good-shaped border.
Commcnco working the first row with upsetting, cutting off three lengths of cane to measure the same as the outside of the base, with an inch to spare. After working the weaving in this method, fasten off the three ends on the inside.
Take a single piece of the cane to do the weaving and make four rows of randing.
This pattern can be used for a round or square tray border. To form a handle at each end, wooden beads are often slipped over the stakes, in between the row of upsetting and the first randing and after the first row is done, following the insertion of the beads, the work should be well pressed down with the iron.
Baskets for use in the nursery are very quickly made, though costly to buy.