Monday, May 9, 2011

Old Dog, New Tricks...

In addition to teaching a couple of classes at the recent retreat, I also got the opportunity to take one.  The class was on how to make rope bowls - something I'd been wanting to try.  In fact, I bought the rope for such a project several years ago, but never even opened the package.  The class was only 2 hours long, but it was hands on and the teacher was great.  She brought lots of examples of different projects, including a purse that I would LOVE to make.  When I got back from class and pulled it out to work on, this was about the point I was at...


The colors are a bit subdued, but I wanted one to match my sewing room (once it's been painted).  This bowl only required 15 - 1" strips and about 30 feet of 7/32" rope.  And this is the end result...


It was much easier and faster to make than I expected.  My only cautionary note has to do with your machine.  One of the ladies in the class had a machine that just wouldn't sew through this thickness. (It might have been a Janome?)  I have a Hsuqvarna Viking and had no problems.

I've got a number of projects on my immediate to do list, but once I whittle some of them down, I'd really like to try my hand at that purse.  It's takes about 2 yards of fabric and 300 feet of rope, but boy was it GORGEOUS!  I wish I had a picture to show you.

While I worked on the bowl, Gabriel kept me company.  This was the kind of cute picture I wanted to get yesterday - on her birthday.

Gabriel resting while I worked on my bowl.
Until later...

...Great and marvelous are your works, O Lord God, the Almighty. Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations. 
Revelation 15:3 (NLT)


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