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To work a Top Border

First damp the cane stakes again, bend the first one down, bruising it on the under side with the pliers, as closely as possible to the last row of weaving. Make it curve nicely, pass it behind the next stake and bring the end outside. Continue working in this way, passing the second stake behind the third, and the third behind the fourth until four stakes have been dealt with. Now pass the first stake in front of the third and fourth stakes, and tuck the end in behind the fifth, and continue, always passing the stake behind one and in front of two stakes. .

The final stake is disposed of by passing it over the first and second loops and the end is slipped under the next stake loop.

To fix the handle of the basket

Soak the cane to make it bend easily to the desired shape, shave the ends to a sharp point and insert them on the inside slipped in the rows of randing, the ends being exactly opposite. Let the points touch the base, then take a ten-inch length of the fine cane, pass it round the handle on the inside, close to the edge of the basket, bring the two ends even outside, cross them tightly round the cane handle, then cross the ends again tightly on the inside and slip the ends under one or two rows of randing, under he top border, then behind the cane, and secure the ends with the enamelled cane. Do this at both sides to secure the handle cane.

Start the binding of the handle from one end, after securing the end under the border, and bind with slanting loops until the cane is entirely hidden. Fasten off the end in the same way as the other end was secured.

Cane borders for trays are aways very attractive.

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