Thursday, March 13, 2008

the tie that binds

I was fiddling around with making machined cords last night. The pink and green cord is space dyed silk ribbon from stitched around a solid woven cord inner core. The blue/purple is some fiber I purchased from and is also wrapped around woven cord, as is the variegated pink on the right, which is just some commercially made grosgrain ribbon. Along the bottom of the photo is a double layer of hand-dyed viscose gimp from stef francis. These I just machined together without anything wrapping them.

Here's a little closer shot. You can see the unfinished edges of the silk ribbon, which I think adds texture and makes the cord more interesting.

As usual when I make things like this, I have no idea what I will use them for, but they're bound to come in handy sometime.
Thanks for the comments on my doors blogpost yesterday, especially from new posters. (You oldtimers know I love you already, I hope!)


Julie said...

Ooooh! I need to have a go at this! Pretty cords Susan.

CG said...

Such lovely're such a talent!

Cyber Fyber said...

For the past few days I've been organizing CYBER FYBER trades and creating labels...which requires me to "copy and paste" blog addresses...which, in turn, allows me to peek into a few blogs. I'm so glad I got the chance to see your beautiful door photos and your cords. I love making cords like this! All my keys are tagged with thin cords. I've zigzagged the cords in a coiling fashion (like one of those old timey braided rugs) and created vessels out of them. I use cords all the time...and I'll bet you'll find dozens of uses for your pretty cords too! They are lovely!...Well...back to work!
PS Continue spreading the word about CYBER FYBER...I'm going to do another round of trading in May with fiber artists who haven't yet participated...trying to get all 50 States and some more countries!

SaraLynn said...

Colorful and sooo pretty!
hope you had a good Thursday. I can't believe next week is Spring Break for us. Is it for you too?

katelnorth said...

fun stuff - i guess that's another thing to add to my list of stuff to try :)