Comparing rope for bowl making

For awhile I’ve been using 3/16 inch all-purpose cotton clothesline rope for making my bowls. Recently I tried 3-ply cotton. For any of you interested in making rope bowls I thought it would be good to show you the difference. At the end of this post is a short video to show you exactly what I’m talking about. If you are receiving this post via email you will need to come to the blog to view the video.

I have dyed both cord with the same dyes in the same fashion. You can see here how I dyed them. The one on the left is the 3/16 inch all purpose rope. On the right is the 3-ply cotton.

Here is a closer look at the 3/16 rope bowl.

Here’s a closer look at the 3-ply cotton.

This 3-ply cotton is much thicker so it’s a bit challenging getting it under the sewing machine foot. I tried several times on my Brother. After breaking a needle I returned to my old Elna which was a breeze to sew this thick cord.

Here is a inside of the bowl.

The 3-ply cotton cording is much stronger. It’s even strong enough to be used as a purse or a tote. The 3/16 inch cording is used to make bowls where you cover the cording with strips of fabric which makes it less flexible and more stable.

As I mention on the video, when dyeing the 3-ply, the dye doesn’t seem to want to go all the way through the cord so you will see some white. That can be bad or good depending on what you want. I like how the white gives it a different look.

I’ll leave you with the video comparing the two bowls. Have a great day!