Demos

Angi’s Rope Bowl Demo

There was really a feeling of excitement at our March 2018 meeting when Angi took the time to share her knowledge and experience in making rope bowls. Yes, we are quilters, but the thing is that most of us are crafters, too! There is plenty of information available online and we encourage you all to seek it out. Angi suggests this book, one that has helped her, titled It’s A Wrap, by Susan Breier. It’s also worth your time to look at the Instagram page of Vicki P, aka, VPQuilter for pictures and a tutorial.

Let’s start with your supplies. You’ll need a length of 100% cotton clothesline (the kind from the store, nothing fancy).

Gather some fabric scraps, of any length (hello, leftover binding!) but the width should be anywhere from about 1/2″ to 1″. Note: the wider the fabric scrap the sturdier the piece will be. Too wide is bulky but adds stiffness. Too thin is finicky but retains flexibility. Precise cutting is NOT required.

Thread color(s) can blend in or stand out – your choice on whether to have thread as a visible element. Remember, both sides are visible, so consider your bobbin, too.

Then it’s time to roll! Wrap the first piece of fabric in a long, flat, coil around the clothesline, starting at the beginning (one end of the clothesline), continue to wrap, then pin or clip the end of the fabric to where it stops along the clothesline so it doesn’t fall off. Roll this fabric wrapped beginning up into a fiddlehead shape. Sew a straight stitch X over the whole fiddlehead to keep it in place.
Then zig-zag stitch as you rotate the unit, adding on from the remaining length of clothesline as you stitch. Add more lengths of fabric as you wish. The zig-zag should be wide enough to catch both pieces of rope you are attaching. Leaving purposeful gaps will allow you to later add elements like handles, weaving, or have attractively visible openings.
Tipping the piece upward as you sew a zig-zag will produce a curve in the piece.

Finishing is easily done in a few ways. Be creative. Try cutting at an angle and laying the piece as flat as possible and stitching down. Try looping the end to make a handle. Decorative loops and curls can add flair! Small pieces of cork or leather can be overlaid to add interest and hide the finish.

This is a photo we snapped of Angi’s demo set up. See all the different bowls and baskets? Look – there’s even a bag.

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