Today’s WEDNESDAY WICKER WISDOM deals with the way the bottom or underneath side of a hole-to-hole cane chair looks, NOT your own bottom, thankfully!
How neatly do you tie off the ends of your cane strands when weaving a 7-step pattern traditional hole cane seat?
If you follow my directions and use my “No-Knot” system of dealing with the ends it won’t look like the one below in this picture.
Can you believe that hot mess? Yikes!
This is just about the worst job of tying cane knots on the bottom of a chair seat as I have ever seen!
And to top it all off, the caning pattern was done all wrong, too.
About the only thing that could have made the bottom of this chair seat look any worse, would be to have glue globs all over the cane going from hole to hole.
Bottoms Up, Let’s Take a Gander at Your cane bottom
The bottom of your hole-to-hole cane seats should look more neat and attractive like this one below.
There are no knots and it’s very neat and tidy, don’t you agree?
How to create the “No-Knot” System?
It’s a very simple and versatile technique that doesn’t take as much time as tying knots, either.
What you are doing in this technique is to “sandwich” the cane tail between the bottom of the frame and the long weaving strand as you go into the hole.
The tail only needs to go slightly into the hole to keep it nice and snug but also can go all the way through to the top of the seat.
On the topside, trim the cane tail to just slightly below the seat frame, inside the hole.
To get the smooth, nice look to your cane bottoms without tying all those nasty knots, look at my video below, the “No-Knot System of Not Tying Knots”.
Here’s the finished product using the traditional 7-step pattern in this hole cane seat:
To get all your cane chair seats to look this good, see my Chair Caning Instructions article page!
How does your bottom measure up? Please leave your comments below and tell me what techniques you use to keep your bottoms lookin’ good!
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Happy Weaving, until next time!