A couple of years ago, I was in an art gallery in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, when I spied some rope baskets on a shelf. I admired them and made a mental note to self: I MUST learn how to make my own! I could not afford to buy one. Fast forward to 2020 and as soon as Lockdown ended, I went out and bought me some cotton rope for the job.
A little Googling and I came upon a great video of how to make them and Voila! I was up and away!! Just a note to viewers reading this…..Beware! This basket making, once you get the hang of it, is obsessive and compulsive. I love it! It is easy and there are just so many shapes and sizes one can make.
I am going to attempt to share some DIY instructions and hope they make sense. First off, you need to purchase some cotton rope as seen above. It has a diameter of 6-7mm. I think if you have thicker rope, you may need an industrial strength sewing machine. My sewing machine is nearly 40yrs old and very basic but it does the job.
So depending on how you feed the rope into the machine will determine the shape. Have fun experimenting, there is no right or wrong shape. Remember each one is a work of art! Or so I tell myself!
These little baskets are quick and easy to make once you get the hang of it and make great little gifts. Why not fill it with little nik-naks for the perfect gift presentation? A gift designed and made with love.