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to the inside edge of the side rail. That's all there is to it. But there are a couple other tips I can pass along.

When positioning the filler strips, the important thing is that they are as parallel as possible to the other warp pieces. On the rocker, I positioned the first strip near the back leg, but the second looked better when tacked near the middle, see Step 1. Also, when trimming the tape, you may want to taper the top edge so it won't cause the weft pieces to bulge.

WEFT PIECES. With the filler strips in place, you can weave the weft pieces. I put a strip of double-sided tape on the sides of the rails, see Step 2. This does

17b cover the front rail at each end, tack short filler strips to the inside of the side rails. Position the strips so they're parallel with the warp pieces.

2 Before weaving the weft, place a strip of double-sided tape on the outside of each side rail. Remove the tape backing as you weave each row.

3 Weave over the filler strips on the sides for several rows. Then when it looks "natural," begin incorporating them into the weaving pattern.

If you don't like the "checkerboard" look or if you want more of a challenge, there are a number of other patterns that can be woven into the chair.

HERRINGBONE. One easy pattern to weave is a herringbone, see left drawing. (Note: These patterns match the size of the rocking chair backrest.) This pattern is similar to the "checkerboard" pattern. The only difference is that instead of going over one row and under the next, with the herringbone you weave over two rows and under two rows.

DIAMOND. For a pattern that's a little more of a challenge, try weaving a diamond into the seat and seat back, see right drawing. To create this pattern, there has to be an odd number of rows in the warp. And it'll save you some time if you draw out the diamond on graph paper rather than experiment on the chair itself.

Note: You might want to consider using the %"-wide tape when weaving patterns. This creates a little tighter weave when weaving over or under two or more rows.

DIAMOND

HERRINGBONE PATTERN

Short filler

Start by weaving warp rows front to back

TOP SECTION VIEW

TOP SECTION VIEW

two things: It helps hold the tape as you're weaving. And later, it prevents the tape from slipping to the back.

While weaving, you can "ignore" the filler strips at first. Then after a few rows, they can be worked into the weaving pattern, see Step 3. E3

Short filler

Start by weaving warp rows front to back note:

Straight rows leave front rail exposed

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