May Lotito wrote:
leila hamaya wrote:apologies if this is a bit redundant, still working on making rope baskets and bowls
I love your creations, especially the embroidery, heart-shaped and braided ones. Keep them coming please.
Do you have an online source of rope for recommendation? I have been eyeballing the basket in the background here and would like to make one like that.
that basket is gorgeous, love the huge ones like hampers.
but its not made the same way -that looks like a more traditional basket with reeds/sweetgrass/ i dont know what exactly but traditional basket making plants, and then maybe there is some fiber yarns or something added in to weave it together.
you can do something similar with the rope, but not quite the same and it will be more fabric like, rope like, and much more flexible...and not as traditional basket type materials where they are stiff and solid.
as far as where i get rope, i have been experimenting with lots of different rope types seeing which ones i like the best. so i have been shopping around all over. at first especially i shopped around for 100-200 feet of tons of different types, that only makes 1 - 2 pieces, but it gave me a feel for what different types were like.. amazon has been able to hook me up with good deals on 1000 feet spools...thats where i have been getting the synthetic ropes and the bulk nylon...theres a company on there "quality nylon ropes" and they have great deals on larger whole spools. well if you are curious ---> https://www.amazon.com/stores/Quality+Nylon+Rope/page/56165F8E-5413-4809-BDE4-D0AD051FFE61
i'm not opposed to synthetic fibers totally, and i do admit that i like them in this, they are very sturdy and give them a firmness and feels more solid and longer lasting. its also easier to sew the firmer thicker ropes that are synthetic, like it is easier to make them flat where you want and the sharp angles. 1000 feet sounds like an enormous amount but especially as i like making them big, you go through a lot in one piece. even a small piece is 40 feet or so and a larger piece being 100 feet or more...so those thousand feet spools make 10-12 baskets...the 3/16 inch is probably best, but the 1/4 inch rope is even sturdier, thats what i used for the heart shaped baskets.
these ropes arent pretty by themselves really...but are good for the fabric wrap. theres the twist type nylon /poly type ropes and i also used amazon to source some of that twisted stuff. that looks better, its really soft and silky feel and has a nice shine and way about it...so that i have made some that use that. thats what i used for the above dyed nylon bowls, the twisted silky stuff.
i worked through about 600 feet of that and just got another 600 foot spool...but it is weird that i bought from the same company and the rope is a bit different. i'm not sure about it yet i havent worked with it much. but i dyed some up just to make sure it would take dye...and its very similar just not the same. its ok i will use it anyway but now i want some more of that first stuff so i think i will eventually look around for more of that. the twist type...well it wants to twist apart really easily so it is a little trickier to work, you have to burn and melt the ends together to not have it fall apart, and its thick...1/4 inch thick, it gets trickier to sew once you get to the end of the walls and making them tall it gets harder and harder and the tension must be always the same.
as for cotton i have hunted around for really big bulk deals. a lot of the stuff i got at first was much too thin, making it difficult to shape. the thin stuff is from amazon and from another online crafty place...just 4mm "macrame rope" or cord. some of it that i got was flat, 5mm but flat. that adds another tricky thing in trying to shape them, you can let it twist up or it throws everything up and in general isnt good for me for this.
i went through various types of clothesline...some of which was supposed to be all 100% cotton...and not all of it was! that didnt surprise me that much but i did want just plain old regular cotton 100% - which really for whats available is not a great clothesline really, synthetics are definitely better for outside. but there were a few that were completely cotton.
i just got some more of this -- its cotton outside and poly core...which does make it nice and strong --> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002T44USI
and even though its not 100% cotton, at least they are clear on what exactly it is and its nice quality, no frays or weird spots, nice texture.
i also got a lot of this, theres several sellers with this basic same...i got from three different sellers but its all the same stuff now that i got it. --> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08T7MNB18
this stuff is nice i think its going to be great but i havent dug into it yet. i dyed some up so i will be trying it out soon, and its nice and thick and way sturdier than any other cotton ropes i have played with.
also i have a shop, so i buy and resell craft supplies, i am pretty small scale but i do big bulk orders from china every now and again. anywho some of the rope i just recently got was through getting a LOT of rope from the bulk orders through that. theres a whole string of companies that all are one source and all sell through various names...and then theres the one that only sells huge amount at lowest prices. so yeah the nicest 100% cotton i have gotten came from them-- this is the mega bulk deal.. --> https://www.pandawhole.com/p-wholesale-candle-making/2371-813665-2506118-twisted-cotton-cord-lamp-wick-round-cotton-rope-cotton-wick-4mm.html?from=14
in both the 4mm and 4.8mm so yeah i am awaiting more ...some 8,000 feet of rope !!! plus i then went and splurged on colored nylon...that soft silky twisted stuff but in dark purples, lavender blue a nice turquoise...from a similar related import from china. well not too bad...i got 5-6 colors...and its 100 meters each - so thats like 330 feet of each color. enough to make 4-5 baskets from each.
i maybe went a little overboard ! but then again i got so much once i really dove in and i am coming to the end of that...where i thought i really had enough for years. so if i keep on making these maybe its not as much as i thought. i think i figured out it was enough to make 100-150 baskets depending on size. that is actually possible i can work this fairly quickly. and also, its my birthday almost =) my birthday. the 8 thousand feet of rope was my big birthday present to myself =)
i also got this a while back in a big bulk order i did...
but i havent yet worked it. its much different than i thought, very soft...but too soft, not firm. i am getting better at shaping it and just got the feels for it now...i can maybe go back to these soft cottons, but they are harder...in some ways. it wants to make round parts, its easy to increase or decrease as you go...making the basket start toclose up and be really curvy. but...well now i am getting better, mostly its about tension on the rope or rather no tension at all on the rope. just keeping it perfectly even this non tension. i suppose i am somewhat ahead in picking this up i used to throw pottery so i know some stuff intuitively or subconciously or something =) about how to shape things.