The first project in my new book (the one that I cut the strips for the other day)
is a plate. It is about 10-1/2" in diameter and slightly turned up on the last few rows. I completed it in one day. Such a fun technique, you will love it. Think about a smaller version of the braided rugs that your mom or gran had in her house and you will get the idea.
These are made to be more decorative than serviceable, although you could sponge them off if they get soiled. The author says not to machine wash the finished project. Mainly because the raw edges of the strips would fray. I think I would like the homespun look that frayed edges would give a piece like this one. For purses or baskets, I can see where a cleaner look would be more desirable.
Here is a close up of the zig-zagged coils...
Expect to see more of these projects from me in the near future. The coolest part of this technique is the fact that you can lift the coiled area as you sew them and they take on different slants depending on the angle of your hand and start to form deep baskets and cylinder type shapes. Such fun.
If you like to zig-zag and need an easy, stress free project, and would enjoy spending several hours cutting the strips and wrapping the cord, this is the technique for you. I had a blast just doing this practice piece. Get the book, it is well worth it. Well written with great directions and pictures. Thumbs up from me.
Well that's it for now. Take care and enjoy your day!