Experiments with A Coiled Pot

The beginning of the coiled pot in piping cord. A knot keeps the end from unravelling, and stands up straight out of the flat base which is all that has been done so far.

You may recall that I had an idea to combine the Daisy Beads and the Stumpwork Violets into a little display under a parlour dome. The colours and scale don’t work with the main panels, and besides, both items are tied specifically to Mary in a way that nothing else is.

My first thought was a gold trinket pot, but so far I have entirely failed to find a pot of the right sort of dimensions. For some reason, everything I could find was too wide or too high, or not the right surface for gilding.

So after some frustration, I decided to tie the display back to the excavations by using a coiled pot made using braid or cord. It should be slightly reminiscent of the baskets used to carry away spoil from the excavations.

The finished coiled rope pot, submerged in a jug of cold tea.

After some experimentation, I settled on piping cord, sewn together with ordinary sewing cotton as I wrapped the cord around a former (a spice jar, since you ask). Even that involved some unpicking and restitching.

When I’d done it, however, it was too white and stark, not a kindly background for the Daisy Beads. Hmmm…

So that is how I found myself tea dyeing a coiled pot made of piping cord!


  1. Sue Jones says:

    I remember (from village panto costume-adaption) that piping cord takes dye (and ink) rather well. Useful stuff.

  2. As always, resourceful in the face of puzzlement. I was going to suggest turmeric but that might have been too yellow!

  3. Lin says:

    Where would we be without tea!

  4. Linda says:

    I do like seeing your experiments and how you solve problems.

  5. Amo says:

    Tea is the answer to so many things.

  6. Alex Hall says:

    As you do… And I find myself not surprised in the least!

  7. Things from your larder came in useful, a spice jar and tea. I wonder how many people will know the secret when they see the basket under its parlour dome.

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  9. Carolyn Foley says:

    I like the idea of tea dyeing it.