Rope Bowls – my new obsession

You guys.  I have a new love.  And it involves clothes line and zig zag stitches….who knew?!

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I’m not here to tell you how to make them.  There are tons of pins on pinterest for these and tutorials on you tube.  They all do a good job…so just go find those.  Try searching under coilbaskets or ropebaskets or ropebowls  or fabric bowls etc.  You’ll find them.
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The white basket above is the first basket I made.  And I love it.  Seriously.  Instant fall in love perfection.  I’m aiming to keep mine simple for now.  I thought I would want to wrap these with fabric because I was seeing some fabulous bowls being made that way.  And maybe I still will.  But for now I’m really enjoying the texture of the rope.  FYI: the rope I use is clothesline rope that I buy at Joanns.  It can be found in the notions aisle near the ironing supplies.
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It wasn’t long before I found myself already wanting to change things up a bit.  One bowl in and I was full of ideas!  So I found myself dying for the first time.  I was happy with how my cording turned out but I’m already ready to try more dying techniques. I just got back from purchasing more cording and two dye packs to see what else I can do.
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This bowl was quite large for me and for my third attempt I wanted to try a smaller one.  So I broke into my pretty ombre blue cording again and made another bowl with some little accents. 

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It’s the perfect size for holding those little notions while sewing!  And here is a closeup of the cording and the zig zag stitching.  These bowls take a good amount of thread, so don’t be surprised if you have to refill your bobbin for some of the larger ones.
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I feel like I’ve found a new hobby!  Never mind that it still uses my sewing machine. 😉

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18 thoughts on “Rope Bowls – my new obsession

  1. I have my rope, thread, sewing machine and ideas at the ready to make rope bowls. Now all I need is the time. LOL For now I will enjoy my bowl making vicariously through you.

    It's great you are enjoying the new hobby and exploring ways to expand your creativity.

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  2. I didn't even know I needed one of these until I saw yours, Angela! Colors, sewing machine, cute handle, simple shapes, easy embroidery–I'm in 🙂

  3. I used a ? Glow in the dark rope and made a big basket a few years ago I broke a needle because I was using two ropes and they were made of some fabric nylon perhaps that they melted the ends so when I tried to sew over the melted ends the needle snapped. I also used glow in the dark thread. I had thought it would be a fun to use basket to hold the candy for passing out but that was a a failure as it really did glow but only in total darkness

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