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Basketweaving for Beginners
This cane bird feeder will look stunning in any garden. The birds will love it for a quick ‘fly-thru’ snack!

Size of the finished feeder: 25cm (93⁄4in) high.

Posted by Search Press Published See Search Press's 214 projects » © 2019 Sylvie Begot / Search Press · Reproduced with permission. · ‘Basketweaving for Beginners’ by Sylvie Begot ISBN: 9781782217008 RRP Price: £12.99 Publisher: Search Press Available from www.searchpress.com
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  • Step 1

    Base

    Make a crossover base with the eight base sticks.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 2
    Step 2

    Weave a flat base with pairing for four rounds using 2mm (1⁄16in) undyed cane, then attach all eight stakes at the top to create the shape of the frame. Keep them in place with a wire tie.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 3
    Step 3

    Weave

    Continue pairing for a further six rounds, then insert the four liners, as shown above.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 4
    Step 4

    Use the khaki lapping cane in a randing weave to create the two side panels. Each one uses six stakes plus an additional liner on each side of the panel, so that a total of sixteen stakes are being used for both sides.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 5
    Step 5

    Make the two cane hoops, leaving a free length of 30cm (113⁄4in) which you can use to ‘stitch’ the hoop to the side panel.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 6
    Step 6

    Start a new round of pairing weave using 2mm (1⁄16in) undyed cane, and continue on to make four rounds.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 7
    Step 7

    Trim the four liners flush with the weave.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 8
    Step 8

    Continue the pairing weave for a further fifteen rounds, gathering the stakes into pairs to help shape the weave to a conical point.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut off one of the two weavers and then tie up the stakes with three turns.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 10
    Step 10

    Doorways

    Cut the stakes at the edge of the opening, one at the top, the other at the bottom. Bend each one and insert it into the weave. Do the same with the second opening.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 11
    Step 11

    Roof

    Insert the sixteen liners alongside the stakes after the fourth row of pairing weave.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 12
    Step 12

    Start a new pairing weave above the existing weave, to create the eaves.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 13
    Step 13

    Continue with eight rounds, finish and block the ends into the weave. Bend each stake around, trim the end to a point and insert alongside the next liner.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 14
    Step 14

    Insert a long rod of 2mm (1⁄16in) undyed cane through the top of the feeder, making a ring to hang it up.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Bird Feeder - Step 15
    Step 15

    Finishing

    Leave it to dry for twenty-four hours. Trim off any stubs. Brush on some linseed oil to provide some weather protection.

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