How To Apply Splint
Weaving With Reed or Splint
Reed, Ash Splint, or wide cane may be used on sturdy chairs, the choice depending largely on personal taste. There are two kinds of reed, flat
and round either may be bought in hanks, coils or bundles. Reed has a softer, duller surface than cane and is more porous. Ash splints are usually less than 1/8 inch thick and are smooth on one side. They can
be obtained in varying widths and are usually 8 feet long. All these materials must be soaked before they are used. Leave strands in water 1/2 to 3/4 hour (no longer). As you use the first strands, put others in the
water so that some strands will always be ready but none will soak too long. When weaving with splint, keep the smooth side on top and pull straight with the grain.
Weaving a Square or Rectangular Seat
Placing the warp strands. Tack or tie the first strand to the underside of the right-handrail near the back post. Carry the long strand from
this point under the back cross rail, over and across to top of front rail, under to back, and continue in this manner till seat is filled. Keep strands parallel and very close together. Always end the strand on the
bottom of the seat. If one strand does not wrap the entire seat, tack it to the underside of the rail wherever it runs out, and start a new strand by slipping it under the old strand about 6 inches. Any loose ends
will be held securely when the filling strands are woven into the seat. In seats that are wider at the front than at the back, the comers can be filled in with short pieces.
Placing the filling or pattern strands.Tack or tie the first strand of weaving to the underside of the right hand corner (B) and weave it
from right to left (B to A). Then turn the chair over and continue weaving across the bottom of the frame. Repeat until the chair frame is filled in from back to front. These filling strands develop the pattern.
Diagonal pattern. Directions are given below for weaving the first four strands. These strands form a unit that is repeated
until the entire seat is woven. Ends may be fastened either by tying or by folding the splint or reed over and bringing it back underneath to form a locked end.
Strand 1 -Weave over first 2 warp strands, under next 2, over 2, under 2 until opposite side rail is reached. Carry the strand down over the side
rail and continue same weaving on the underside. Strand 2 - Over 1, under 2, over 2, under 2, over 2, etc. Strand 3 - Under 2, over 2, under 2, over 2, etc. Strand 4 - Under 1, over 2, under 2, over 2, etc.
Diamond pattern. Attach first strand in same way as for the diagonal pattern. Strands may be joined and ends fastened in the same way,
too. Following are directions for the first eight strands that form the weaving unit. Repeat until entire seat is woven.
Strand 1- Over 1, under 1, over 2, under 1, over 2, etc. Strand 2 - Under 3, over 3, under 3, etc. Strand 3 - Under 1, over 1, under 2,
over 1, etc. Strand 4 - Over 3, under 3, over 3, etc. Strand 5 -Over 1, under 1, over 2, under 1, over 2, etc. Strand 6 - Over 3, under 3, over 3, etc. Strand 7 - Under 1, over 1, under 2, over 1, etc. Strand
8 - Under 3, over 3, under 3, etc.