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!
- A sewing machine with a zig zag stitch
- Thread (The same colour as your rope – optional)
- Rope (approx. 10 meters or 11 yards)
1. Decorate your rope, Gemma uses acrylic paint. (this step is optional)
2. Take your decorated rope and coil it into a small circle.
3. Place your coil into under your needle and slowly start to zig zag stitch the rope together
4. Stitch the base together until its the desired size. Gemma recommends 14 cm
5. Lift the base up onto a right angle and continue to sew
6. Keeping the bowl on this angle, continue to sew
7. When you come to the end of your rope, loop it off to finish. And you’re done!
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!