So, not too long ago, I made my very first rope bowl. One minute, the words “rope bowl” were some vague 70s-era shady memory and POOF! the next minute, it seemed like all the cool kids were making them.
This one is made from a hank of clothesline purchased on Amazon, plus the thread of every bobbin I have in the house, all used one after another as each ran out. I already like the look of the rope bowl, but layering on getting rid of old bobbin thread? Yes, please.
And now, like so many others, I find that I am mildly obsessed with this very simple, easy, mindless sewing project. It takes about 26% of your concentration to make one, just enough focus to keep everything going in a straight line that you’re able to shut out the whispers of a long day and get the meditative, rejuvenative effects of really Zen sewing. The one I made measures about 15″ across and 12″ tall, and took one whole hank of clothesline plus two episodes of Friends on Netflix.
Learning to make them takes about 30 seconds, which may help to fuel the obsession going around the internet. I like Florence’s tutorial on her blog very much, since it covers all the basics and gave me great insight into how to begin the shaping of the bowl.
Generally, I give in to my prideful nature when I resist the trending pattern-of-the-moment, in the very “I’m too cool to jump on that bandwagon” sense, but in this case…resistance was futile. I even added rope baskets to the curriculum of my Intro to Sewing class that I teach here in Atlanta, because I see it as a great way to practice maintaining a straight stitching line, working with a zigzag stitch, learning to become comfortable with adjusting your speed as you sew, and it gives an immediate means to begin to unpack how the overall look of a piece will dramatically change based on thread selection and the little details.
How about you? What was the last trending project that lured you in until you couldn’t say no?? Fess up so the rest of us can try it on for size!