This design is based on a traditional Catalonian tray, I have used manila rope, jute string and Norfolk reed for the construction. There is flexibility coupled with tactility in this sample.
The weave sequence can be clearly seen from this angle as can the separated fibres of the manila rope.
I have started a new construction using manila rope and jute string for the ties. The structure is fairly rigid, I am going to soak it overnight in cold water after testing a small piece. The sample piece did not shrink but did become slightly softer.
This is the finished piece with the reed bundle in place. The reed has a jute binding. The configuration of the coils is entirely flexible according to the wearer.
Starting on a sisal rope construction. This is the exposed core coiling technique using the tied method. The ties are jute string.
As the structure became bigger I added more ties after 6 rounds.
Adding the reed bundles as an edging. The reed has jute binding.
Using the coiling technique to follow the pattern derived from my photographs of the reed bed at Hickling. Jute string is used over a core of piping cord.
Showing the sketch of the pattern formed by the reed bed and the work in progress.
Close up showing construction.
Still using coiling as a technique and using the tied method with cotton parcel string over a cotton core.
The construction is easier to see from this angle. The tied warps have incorporated the bound reed bundles as an edging. The reed inserts act as a retainer for the length of undyed linen going through the hollow middle of the construction.
The second coiled sample uses a cotton core and cotton parcel string for binding. The string has a certain rigidity which gives the structure less flexibility than the previous sample using wool.
The coiled base can be manipulated using the bound reeds as inserts to give a rigidity to the structure. This can be changed according to how the reed bundles are placed.
Another configuration by moving the reed bundles.