How to: Carpet Beater

May 2017,  I wrote a workshop for a dutch Dollshouse Magazine 
about making a carpet beater.  I can now share it with you….

Earlier on I had found a single picture on Pinterest showing a piece of rope in a knot resembling a carpet beater.  I tried and worked it out with several kinds of rope  but finally using real wicker, until I felt satisfied about the way it looked. 

You will need 2 pieces of wicker; both 14 mm thick and 40 cm long. 
You will also use a wooden stick, wash cloths, woodstain, thin rope and glue clamps. 

Lay the wicker in the water for an hour. When soaked and flexible, weave both strings using this picture below for guidance. Start with large loops and end up as small as you can by pulling the strings alternately.

Clamp the "knot" with a glue clamp on a piece of wood and twist both loose "wicker stems" on each other while pulling. Attach at the bottom with another glue clamp. 

Use wash cloths to keep the stick of the carpet beater straight.

Leave it to dry for one night. 

Finally, using glue, twist some thin rope just below the upper part of the carpet beater 

and do this again about 4 cm downwards. 

 Cut away the surplus and finish with woodstain.

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