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SOME INDIAN STITCHES : Page 156


Sometimes the weaver is of the plain sweet-grass,

sometimes it is braided, and it is either woven in

under-and-over weaving or pairing. If in under-

and-over weaving, as there is an even number

of spokes, the weaver at the beginning of the second row must pass under two spokes in order to

have the work come out right. This must be done at the beginning of every new row. Pairing is not as often used by the Indians as the Indian pairing or twining. In twining the Indian twists her two weavers in the opposite way from ours (see Fig. 36), making a stitch which runs diagonally down from left to right. A half turn is given as in our method, but whereas in pairing the half turn is made as if one were turning a screw to fasten it, the motion in twining is that made when unscrewing. Usually but one spoke is inclosed by two of these twists, but sometimes, as in Fig. 37, the skip stitch, which incloses two spokes, is

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