Take hold of each stake when shaved to a point and damped, and bruise it with the pliers to assist it to curve. Commence the curve about 1A inches from the weaving. Pass the pointed end of the first stake down the right-hand side of the third stake, and let the end be hidden under the rows of randing.
If the weaving is a little tight, use the bodkin to ease it and allow the stake to pass down. This method of finishing an edge is shown in Fi£. 9. All the loops must be even when the edge is completed.
To make a Cake Basket. To make the one shown on the left, use a wooden base 8 inches in diameter bored with holes, and cut 9-inch-long stokes from No. 3 cane, according to the number of holes. Four lengths of No. 1 cane will be required for weaving a piece of No. 9 cane 14 inches long for the handle, and a length of red enamelled or gold cane 20 inches long for binding the handle.
Put the 9-inch-long stake canes through the holes to project H inches from the base. Damp them without wetting the wood base, then make the foot border .
Stand the base on the slanting board and keep all stakes perfectty upright. Measure the circumference of the base, and cut three lengths of the weaving cane to that measure with 1 inch to spare. Then insert the end of each piece in between three consecutive stakes, to work a row of upsetting . Fasten off the ends.
Take up one piece of weaving cane and work seven rows of randing, lessening the tension on the last of these rows so that the stakes can be pulled forward a little to widen out the basket. Work four more rows of randing to make the basket just a little wider, but not more than 1 inch. This gives a slight curve to the side. Finish -the randing with a row of pairing, or waling, and commence the top border.