Introduction: Coir,Plastic,Yarn,Root,Hay,Paper

Here I am showing you'll as  how to make heat resistent  stands with different types of fibers.As far as I know these are tradionally done in south India and Srilanka in a low budget scale.The poor people make this by hand (not the t-shirt one) and sell them on the road way, to earn some thing for their day to day living.This is not only a pot holder,can be used for warm dishes on the table too.
The main thing is once completed  it has to be 100% flat on both sides.If not the pot/dish will topple down.So watch out!!

I have used vases and bottle to take the size of the ring.You can use any utensils depending on the size you want.I try my best to avoid buying stuffs for my projects and used all what I have  in the cellar.
Since there are 6 types of  fibers involved in this project,just to show one way of doing  a  pot/dish holder there are loads of photos that I have published.
I have tried my best and cut down as much as I can,so please do not get annoyed with too much of pictures.Some people like with more pictures and some prefer less.Some  understand looking at the pictures alone ,
The three made out of Coir,yarn and plastic is flexible and can be twisted to any shape you want.
   Now scroll down to see to see the Fiber Art

Step 1: Supplies

Plastic wire
T Shirt

Glue stick
Garden scissors
Nylon thread
Big needle
Barbeque spears
Craft wire
Measuring tape (option)

Step 2: Coir

The first one is with cocnut husk fiber made in to a rope.This is very easy to make,but you need very strong hands to pull it tight to wrap  them around.First I cut out some  piece of craft wire to the length of 5-6 inches.
I Turned  the vase upside down and tied a small cross  with the string at the brim of the vase.This is to take a rough  size of the ring.The diameter of the vase is 15''. I sticked  with hot glue at the the cross point of the strings.
Now I inserted the craft wire on all four sides under the string and made a twist so that  it stays hard when I wrap  more strings  over it.
I wrapped  8 times around  the vase with the rope.Each time I wapped around ,I slowly removed the craft wire and and attached the string in and twisted it over again.When it  becomes thicker with more strings together,I added more craft wires on all sides so that it is firm.Since I wanted it to be thick and firm  I wrapped 8 rounds.It depends on you how thick you want and what size of rope you  use to get the thickness.

It is always best to use one straight piece of rope to make the entire pot/dish stand ,so that you won't have the hassle of joining  another piece of rope.I had three pieces ,so I had to join them together.Please refer picture 6 where I join the rope with the hot glue.
By the time you make 3 or  4 rounds the ring will be firm,it is better to take off the vase once you finish wrapping the amount you want.While wrapping  you will judge the amount automatically.
Take off the vase and tighten the craft wire and fold it around on both sides inwards  on the ring  with out sticking out.
Picture 9 shows the way the first wrapping is done on the ring. Pull hard and wrap it  tight and continue doing the same way until you come to the end.Refer   the rest of the pictues to see how it is done.
When it is done cut the excess string away and use the hot glue to paste it inwards.If you want you could glue it underneath  ,as long as you always remeber, not to keep the hot utensils on this side.Use the other side.

Step 3: Plastic

This is with plastic fiber and it is the same proceedure. I did it with my spoon holder utensil to make a small ring.
Plastic is a bit slippery ,so twist with craft wire  at the biginning where you paste together  with hot glue.Once you take of the utensil and start wrapping around in small rounds ,please make sure that you pull very tight and not let loose at any time.You could see on all my pictures when  I do the wrapping,I am holding it with a finger,so that it does not get loose.While continuing the wapping remove the craft wires one by one.To end the wrapping cut of the excess and paste inwards with hot glue.

Step 4: T-shirt Yarn

Yet another with T shirt yarn.
Cut off the bottom hem of the t-shirt and strip them between 3/4 - 1'' depending on how thick you want your yarn to be.
Grab one end of the yarn, and begin to pull it either left or  right, until you've pulled every inch of it.Now it  has a good curl to it.
For the best curl, I pulled  it both ways.  After I pulled left, I pulled  again to right.
Now for the fun part - braiding the t-shirt yarn. Pick three colors that complement each other nicely and sew together the ends of the yarn as shown in the second picture. It'll take just a few stitches to secure them together! Once that's done, get to braiding!

It will get fairly tangled because the ends are so long.So I rolled them up on three different sticks and tied to a chair and braided while watching the tv.When I had to stop half way I put two top pins so it holds tight. Don't braid too tight or pull the yarn too hard, it can warp the braid! Braid firmly without pulling. :)

In  this I have used nylon thread insteadt of craft wire because you can wash the ring in the washing machine (30°/40° deg).It is the same proceedure and  I used a knife to insert it under the yarn ,so that it is easy to pass a thick neddle with double threaded nylon thread from the wrong side.Refer pictures.At the start and end tie with the nylon thread.
Once completed .........

Cut the excess thread off from the knot. You will then need to melt the little bit that is left of the excess. When you melt it, make sure you keep the flame from touching any of the yarn. Get the flame just close enough to start melting the excess. While it is still hot,with  the scissors spread out the melted spot so that it doesn't stick out.By doing this  it lasts long and the knots will not come out in  the washing machine.

Step 5: Roots

We removed some roots from the wild trees in the woods,they were all very hard to pull as it was too strong.With what we gathered I managed to make a small pot/dish holder.The hardest part is to make it flat,if not the pots and pans will topple.With my hands I made a small  circle folding the roots carefully and tied it with a piece of craft wire.Then I did  the weaving by passing the roots under and over the circle.When it was firm and steady I cut the end and inserted inside.While passing the roots I made sure that it is flat and even on both sides.This is a difficult part ,but you have to try it and you will succeed.

Step 6: Hay

I had an old throw away  basket which I unwrapped and got this Hay.Since the hay was dried it was a bit too difficult to do it, as it was breaking.I slowly made a small round with a couple of pieces using  my hands  and used the pegs to hold them together .Since the unwrapped hay was in bits and pieces I gathered them according to the thickness and attached. Each time I added ,had to open the peg one by one slowly and position all of them together and put the pegs over again.Then I cellotaped the ring and took  off the pegs away.
I folded the hay in to two slowly twisted left and right,(in some places it broke as it was too old and  dried)I cut a V shape point at one end and inserted inbetween the hay ring,Refer picture 7.Now start wrapping it around slowly.At the end cut a V and insert inwards very tightly.This has to be done with very much care because it is old and well dried,so it breaks.
    BUT Still came out good

Step 7: Paper

I copied the paper rod twisting from this instructable project.
It was easy to roll with a barbeque spears.When you get the roll pull out the spears.Glue it at the end of the paper.I used hot glue to paste this on all sides.It came out well.I didn't expect the paper stand to be very firm and hardy.Turned out vey well.
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Step 8: TA! DA!!

The three made out of Coir,Plastic and yarn are flexible.You can twist them to any shape you want.
Isn't this an awesome fiber Art?
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