I have been playing about this morning making cordage from the left over palm leaf and seaweed. They’ve been on an outside table for 3-4 days so I was surprised that the palm leaf was still flexible enough to twist as it needs to.
The seaweed is also still as rubbery as it was the day I picked it up. Really very elastic and from that perspective not entirely ideal for making cordage as it’s difficult to get the right tension.
I’ve always found making cordage very relaxing. You can lose yourself in the rhythm. The colours of these materials are really beautiful as well.
This small coiled piece was made using seaweed and string that I made from a palm leaf. It’s quite messy and organic looking! I’ve never used seaweed before, it was a little unruly.
After collecting it I worked with it whilst it was drying. It remained fairly flexible and rubbery. Last night I left it out in the rain and it rehydrated remarkably quickly. Interesting stuff!
On holiday in the lovely sunny Vendee. It’s great to be spending time with my family but I have found some time to revisit twining and coiling. This little bowl was made with some nutscene twine I brought with me. I had forgotten how much I enjoy twining. It’s very portable and doesn’t take up much room in your luggage!