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This beautifully ethnic tray looks like the real thing, but instead of hemp we used poly hemp rope – it's easier to work with, and cheaper as well!
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Shape one end of the rope into a tight spiral, securing it every so often with a dab of hot glue.
Carry on coiling the rope around the centre. Thread the braided line through a large needle and sew two layers of rope together every few centimetres, pulling the work tight as you go. Don’t place the stitches too close together.
Carry on stitching and gluing in this way. Prevent the rope coil from unravelling by gluing the rope layers together every 8 cm or so.
When the base is large enough (about 45 cm in diameter), start building up the border using the same stitching and gluing technique. To finish off, shape the end of the rope into a loop and glue to the rim of the tray. Secure the end with a few stitches and cut the braided line.
Tip / Seal the end of the poly hemp rope with a few dabs of hot glue to prevent it from fraying.