Here is a selection of pictures, many sent in by customers, to give you some ideas of the different ways you can use natural-fibre ropes.
Rope scramble nets can be used to make a very effective trellis for climbing plants. This one is made from 8mm Sisal, but we've also made them from 6mm Manila. I can make rope scramble nets to order in any size and various shapes.
Coir rope makes a great raised bed for a garden border. One of the benefits of using rope is that it is easy to create curves as well as straight edges. Two lengths of 96mm Coir have been laid on top of one another here and secured with steel pegs. The second photo shows how the rope looks when it has weathered for a couple of years.
The Chelsea Physic Garden have created a display of plants that are grown to be made into rope. I've supplied them with a range of natural fibre ropes to display alongside the plants from which they came, in the photograph are Flax, Cotton, Manila, Coir and Sisal.
32mm Flax rope is used here to create a handrail for a spiral staircase in a water tower. It is spliced onto the top and bottom fittings and secured along the wall using metal eye bolts.
Here Buster the dog plays with his favourite toy – a length of 32mm Manila. If you look carefully you can see that he is spinning round with just his front paws on the ground. Buster’s owner told me he wasn’t allowed to bring his toy into the house as he knocked too many things over when he swung it around!
In her beautiful garden on Jersey, the award winning Judith Quérée has created a boardwalk through a bog garden with 32mm Manila being used to keep visitors on the path. You can see more pictures of Judith’s lovely garden at www.judithqueree.com (This will open a new browser window).
One of my customers wrapped her standard lamp with 8mm Sisal, its very effective isn’t it? Not something to do if you have a cat though as it will look like a great scratching post! You can also wrap vases, waste paper bins and umbrella stands.
I was asked by a potter from the Isle of Man if I could make her something to support a specially commissioned, round bottomed vase. After a bit of experimenting we came up with a ring or coit. It was made by taking a length of 36mm Manila, carefully un-ravelling the 3 strands then, using just 1 strand, re-weaving the rope as a ring. It’s a simple technique once you know how and makes a good looking ring which, if you are careful with the finishing, looks as if there is no beginning or end. You can try it with nearly any stranded rope, you’ll need a length of rope that’s 3-4 times as long as the final ring is to be in diameter. Good luck!
Here braided cotton cord has been used to wrap the steering wheel of a vintage Bentley.
I can make these tow ropes to order, just give me a call.
Phil wanted to set a record pulling a Topps Tiles truck. I made up a length of 36mm Manila for him to use.
Take a look at our rope handicrafts for sale page for more ideas on how you can use rope for your own projects.