Friends, I’m telling you, there are times when it is just awesome to have a dad who owns a hardware store. For those times you want to paint a room, or unclog a drain, or make a basket. Wait, what? Yup. I think I did indeed just find a new obsession: rope basket making.
For months now, I have been eying Amanda Blake Soule’s baskets made with clothesline on her blog. I yearned to make one myself, but was not confident in my sewing ability. Then Taproot’s “Folk” issue arrived on my doorstep, and within its pages were step-by-step instructions for these rope baskets. So, this week I decided to give it a try. I went to my dad’s hardware store, bought some clothesline, and got to work.
Now let me be clear…I am by no means a seamstress. I can barely handle sewing pajama pants and nightgowns for my girls. So believe me when I tell you, these baskets are a cinch to make, and so much fun! And there is something so meditative about working in a circular pattern, which made this particular project that much more wonderful. Once I got started, I couldn’t stop. Have I said making this basket was a blast? 🙂
Dinner ended up being super late to the table and my family was starving, but I made a fabulous basket! I think I will find myself in the rope aisle of my dad’s hardware store again very soon. Man, this is fun!
(P.S. If you are in my family, plan to get a basket for your birthday this year. And Christmas. And on a random Tuesday.)