I was flipping through the pictures on my phone the other afternoon and found a really nice surprise. I had photographed my entire process when I weaved a Hong King Grass Rim on a gourd. Since I will be teaching this class on Wednesday I thought it would do me, you and my students some good if I posted the steps.
I got my 2 ply Hong Kong Grass and the Waxed Irish Linen Thread from the Caning Shop in Berkeley CA
Step Two- Pre-drill holes all around the rim at a set interval. I generally drill my holes about 1/4 inch from the rim. I eye ball holes all the way around about 1/2″. Make sure your holes are big enough for your needle to fit through.
Step 3- Using a whip stitch secure the grass to the rim as shown. When you start to overlap, instead of going through a hole, push your needle underneath the grass on the previous row. As you can see in the graphics below I bring my thread through in front of the thread on the previous row. This keeps it from sliding forward and looking sloppy.
Step 4- Continue all the way around until you are at the place where the Grass will no longer be attached to the previous row. Stitch the final stitch and then wind the thread around the grass until you get to the reattaching point on the rim (see below)