Thursday, February 17, 2011

Adventures in Rope

Those who know me know it's dangerous for me to get bored.  I tend to start experimenting and you never know what will happen.  If I experiment with cooking, it generally turns into weird concoctions and a general disaster.  Fortunately, I limited my adventures to the craft arena today.



In yesterday's post I showed you a bracelet I made to give to one of my students.  She still had some things to work out (you can't rush treatment or stubborn teenagers) tonight, so tutoring got postponed once again.  When I got home, I started playing around with some 1/4" braided rope.  For 99 cents, I had 10 feet of it and decided to try tatting with it.  I basically tatted one giant ring.  I did try adding picots, but I didn't like the way it looked.  It's an interesting adventure in chunkiness.  It can be used as a bracelet or maybe for a game of ring toss.

My favorite part of this bracelet is that you can really see each and every doublestitch.  I had to melt the ends and stitch them down to avoid it becoming a frayed mess.  Rope is definitely weird to work with and slow to tat since I couldn't use a shuttle.  Tight stitches are near impossible.  That one bracelet took 10 feet of rope.  I'd kind of like to try a necklace next, but I'd probably need 50 feet of rope for that...hmmm....

What's the weirdest material you've tried to craft with?

4 mad comments:

jemyl said...

Hi! The tatting double stitch is called double half hitches in macrame. It can be made by doing half hitches in opposite directions on a base rope. The only difference is that one doesn't have to do the flip as the half hitches are just put on and pulled tight. I also learned this as the clove hitch knot from my dad when I was a teenager. He taught it to me as a good way to cleat a boat to the dock. LOL The rule for half hitches is to use four times your finished length for the working rope with the length being that of the stationary or foundation rope. It looks like this bracelet took more. I can't tell but maybe you somehow made this double the clove hitch too?

The hardest material I ever used for knots was monfilament fishing line which we used to use as the base when crocheting bead spirals for bracelets. I also found elastic thread, often used the same way, hard to work with, especially for crochet stuff. Peace ---Ellen

Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder said...

Wow! I would never had even thought to use rope. That is seriously creative. Impressive.

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

Those are so cute, I never would have thought to use rope!

Also, I have a great Dove chocolate giveaway going on right now and would love if stopped by and entered: http://eyespydiy.blogspot.com/2011/02/dove-chocolate-discoveries-giveaway.html

~Katie @ Eye Spy DIY

Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder said...

I'm featuring your rope bracelet on my blog on Friday.

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