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

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? That strand of cane must go into the right hole to complete the pattern correctly.

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 parallel diagonal strands in the same diagonal step go into the one 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 row. 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!

Be sure to visit my Chair Caning Instructions page for complete directions on how to weave cane seats and also get hints and tips for making it easy! Happy Weaving!

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