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