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WEDNESDAY WICKER WISDOM–How to choose the chair caning hole.

What in the world is she talking about, you might ask? But if you’re a chair caner, I bet you already know what I’m talking about, right?

choosing the right drilled hole to make a cane fish head in diagonal step

Do I choose this hole or another one?

Whenever you are weaving a traditional hole-to-hole cane chair seat, there will be times when it’s up to the weaver to decide what drilled holes to skip and what holes to double up on and put the diagonal “fish heads” in. Whaaaat???

Making a fish head with the cane diagonals

I think this hole is best for the fish head, don’t you?

“Fish heads” are created any time two strands of the same diagonal weaving step go into the same drilled hole. When the two strands are in the hole, it looks like the profile of a fish’s head, so that’s why the name.

These fish heads are positioned this way in order to maintain the “X” pattern created by the next diagonal. You as the weaver need to determine what hole to put these first diagonal strands in to make that happen all down the side, front or back rails with the second diagonal steps.

Completed fish head with two diagonals going into the same hole

Top of photo shows completed fish head with two diagonals going into the same hole

Then as you finish weaving this diagonal and apply the second, going in the opposite direction, the “Xs” will take form all the way down the rail. More to follow in coming blog posts and videos!

Stay tuned for more… Happy Weaving!

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