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Step 3. Start the third layer at the upper  left-hand corner. Run it in the same direction and thru the same holes as the  first layer. Weave over and under the strands woven in Step 2. Keep the strands  to the right of those woven in Step 1.Do not pull the first three layers too taut. If you do, you will find it hard to weave the diagonals.

Step 4. The actual weaving begins with this step. Start at the top of the frame and run the cane from side to side in the same holes as  the second layer, weaving the cane over the third layer and under the first  layer. This fourth layer should be above the second layer. Work with one hand  below the seat frame and the other above in order to keep from twisting the cane as you weave.

Step 5.
Weave the cane in  diagonally. Start the strand at the right-hand corner hole at back of seat frame and weave diagonally across to left front corner hole. Weave over and under two strands at each time; for example, over the vertical pairs and under the horizontal pairs. Pass cane down thru the left front hole and up thru either of the holes that lie next to it. Continue in this manner until the entire seat is filled with these diagonal rows.

Step 6.
This step is the reverse of Step 5. Weave this layer at right angles to the fifth layer, taking the strand under the vertical pairs and over the horizontal pairs.

Step 7.
Binding. See lower edge in drawing of Step 6. If the chair corners are rounded, use one continuous strand of binding cane. If corners are square, use a separate piece of binder for each side. To attach binder, start at comer, lay the binder flat at the edge of the caned area; take a strand of weaving cane and pull it up thru the hole over the binder and down thru the same hole. Continue around the chair, pulling the strand of weaving cane tight over the binder at each hole in the frame. Lap the end of the binder over the starting end. Pull the strand of weaving cane up around the lapped binder and back down thru the hole and tie it under the frame. With a razor blade, trim the edge of the binder that extends beyond the hole.Although binding cane is heavier and wider than weaving cane and will make a neater and stronger finish, a strip of common or medium weaving cane may be used for binder if desired, particularly if the seat has been caned with superfine or fine fine weaving cane. When weaving cane is used for binder, the ends are lapped in the same way as when binding cane is make seats wear longer

To make seats wear longer. When caned seats break along the outer edge, breakage is usually caused by the sharpness or roughness of the inner edge of the seat frame. For this reason these edges should be rounded and  smoothed when the chair is being prepared for weaving. This may be done with a  plane, or with a knife and steel wool or sandpaper. If the holes are rough, they  too should be smoothed

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