DIY ROPE BOWL

If you’ve been tuning in over the last few months you may have guessed that I’ve got a bit of an addiction to rope. There’s just something so perfect about the texture, and the fact that you can make so many different things out of it – it takes on such varying forms depending on the technique that you use (see here and here). As I delve into the world of rope craft I’ve stumble upon so many amazing designers who work with rope on a day to day basis – turning an everyday mundane material into anything but. Gemma Patford, a designer I found on instagram (where else?), has mastered the art of creating bowls, vessels and planters out of rope. What I love is that she hand paints the rope before creating the bowls, putting a sweet touch on a traditional craft. Gemma agreed to show us how she crafts these pieces, carefully stitching them together for vessels that stand the test of time – I can sooo see one of these in my house filled to the brim with magazines!

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You need:

  • A sewing machine with a zig zag stitch
  • Scissors
  • Thread (The same colour as your rope – optional)
  • Rope (approx. 10 meters or 11 yards)

How to:

1. Decorate your rope, Gemma uses acrylic paint. (this step is optional)

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2. Take your decorated rope and coil it into a small circle.

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3. Place your coil into under your needle and slowly start to zig zag stitch the rope together

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4. Stitch the base together until its the desired size. Gemma recommends 14 cm

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5. Lift the base up onto a right angle and continue to sew

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6. Keeping the bowl on this angle, continue to sew

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7. When you come to the end of your rope, loop it off to finish. And you’re done!

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Can’t stop thinking how many variations there are on this style – an ombre dipped version would be epic no? Perhaps Gemma can show us how one of these days!

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Head to Gemma’s website where she sells here pieces and blogs, or check her out on instagram.