Don’t you just love it when something comes together out of really simple materials and a bit of time?

Back in August I went to a craft fair locally and while as a business opportunity it’s fair to say it was not a success for any of us, I did spend a lovely day getting to know some new people and appreciate some new skills.

One of the amazing people I met that day was Jessica of Ruby Cubes Exeter. She had made the most beautiful rope baskets – interesting shapes, lovely colours and patterns. It reminded me that when I first started this journey, I had spotted this idea on Pinterest and had a little play with some rope. It also reminded me that somewhere deep in my stash I had put aside some more rope ready for another day.

Of course with my indigo vat still on the go, I wondered how the rope would take the dye. To be honest, I’m not too sure that the rope I had bought was 100% cotton. Anyway I dipped the rope in the vat several times and after a while I decided that it had got as blue as it was going to. Not the lovely deep indigo blue I had hoped for but more a pale stonewashed Status Quo sort of denim blue. Oh well!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStill I was up for a challenge and having talked with Jessica, I knew that coloured thread was a great way to go. A nice strong ‘jeans’ needle in my machine, stitch set to a wide zig-zag and off we went.

I started with a pale blue to secure the central coil and then as the sides built changed to various blues using up the ends of several reels of thread.

I’m really pleased with the result – it’s not up to Jessica’s standard but it is a lovely basket just right for fruit or whatever on the table – at the moment its home to several empty thread reels to remind me to go thread shopping!




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