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?