Project Idea: Embroidery on Coiled Rope by Annemarie

December 08, 2021 2 Comments

Project Idea: Embroidery on Coiled Rope by Annemarie

Can you imagine all the possibilities using Cotton Rope to create Amazing Projects? Family time around the dinner table is so Special that we decided to create placemats for this everyday yet Precious time with Family and Friends.

* Why not embroider 4 to 8 and gift as a set:-)

You Need (in order of use):

  • Sewing machine with a zigzag stitch
  • All purpose thread (for sewing the project, match your top and bobbin thread)
  • 50+ feet of 1/4" cotton rope (clothesline) for a 14" diameter placemat
  • Scissors
  • Temporary marker
  • Embroidery Design (We used ASH3362 Solar Wheel Mandala)
  • Embroidery Thread (Matching Top and Bobbin Thread)
  • Temporary Adhesive Spray
  • Water-soluble Stabilizer

You Need:

The cord should be soft and flexible to make it easy for your embroidery machine to stitch through.

Start by coiling the rope (clockwise) 1" to 2" in diameter

With a straight stitch on your sewing machine, stitch from 1 end to the opposite end. This should hold the coil. 

Cut away the loose threads. 

Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch 1/8" (5mm)  x 3/32" (3mm) 

Insert the coil under the presser foot with the end of the rope on your right side.

Stitch slowly to ensure the presser foot stays centered and turn your coil as it gets bigger and bigger.

Keep sewing until the placemat is the size you would like. An average placemat is 12" to 15" in diameter and a coaster 3.6" to 4" in diameter.

Once you are happy with the size, cut the rope. Push the end of the rope underneath the placemat. (This will form the back of the placemat). Secure the end with a zigzag stitch.

Optional: We added bias binding to match the embroidery. You can omit this step if you desire and proceed with the embroidery.

Use matching top and bottom thread.

Use a straight stitch to sew the bias binding.

To finish the end, cut the bias binding to overlap approx 1". Fold the tail end and secure with a straight stitch.

Embroidery: Use the center of the placemat as your center point. We included files for you to Multi-Hoop. In this case you would make center markings to hoop and stitch one half of the design. Then hoop and stitch the matching design to create a complete circle.

Hoop water-soluble stabilizer and spray the back of your project with temporary adhesive spray. Secure the design in the hoop.

Ensure your embroidery machine start position is in the center of your project.

Embroider the Design. Start on a slower speed and increase the speed as your embroidery machine allows.

Once the embroidery is finished stitching, remove from the hoop and cut away the excess stabilizer. Soak in water to dissolve the water-soluble. Leave to dry and your project is complete.

You have just turned a clothesline into a useful project for your Dinner table!

Enjoy creating Unique projects and we look forward to see your creations. 

Happy stitching!



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2 Responses

Annemarie le Roux
Annemarie le Roux

February 10, 2022

Thank you so much for your review Linda. We are looking forward to seeing some photos of your project. All of the very best. Your friend, Annemarie. Ps. remember I am just an email away.


February 10, 2022

That is stunning. I have many of your mandala designs. Now to get up the courage to do this.

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