Introduction: Welcome Mat, From Bale Twine

Bale twine is a wasted resource. It gets thrown away daily on farms all over the world. I save mine and reuse it wherever I can. I made rope with it a while back. Check out the Instructable here.

All you need to make it is twine, a rug hooking tool and scissors. A lot of patience will help as well.

Step 1: Attach a Piece of Twine

I liked my rope. I thought it looked nice hanging in the barn. The wife on the other hand, isn't as keen on rope hanging in a barn. So, what can I do with a beautiful rope that will please my beautiful wife? A WELCOME MAT! Sorry for yelling. I just thought it was a great idea.

I laid out the rope in an oval to see how it might look. I decided on the approximate size. With the length of the inner core measured I grasped the first bend and got to work. I used the latch and hook tool to pull a piece of twine through the rope. The tail end needed to be weaved in while making sure the braid laid flat on the table.

Step 2: Start Sewing

The tip of the long strand will be with me for the duration of this project. I poke the latch tool through the rope, trying to go through the center of the braid's width. This way the braid should lie flat. I place the tip of the strand across the hook and close the latch as I pull it through the strands of the rope. I need to make sure no other pieces of the twine get caught in the hook. I pull it through then pull the entire piece through the rope and snug it up. Then I repeat the process. Over and over and over and over.......... You get the idea.

Step 3: Keep Sewing

As I go along I'm beginning to see how nice this is going to be. Much prettier than a rope hanging in the barn. As I rounded the bend I decided to hide the tail end of the strand into the rope itself before starting a new piece.

Step 4: Tie in Another Strand

Now that the end has been hidden within the rope, I snip the extra bits off. I weave in another piece of twine and continue sewing. This is more work than I had expected. But its coming along nicely.

Step 5: Another New Strand

As I weave in the tail end and start another new strand, I see the development of the piece. I'm pleased with the result, but frustrated by the huge pile of rope still on the table.

Step 6: The Last Round

After pushing the pile of rope off the table, I felt a bit better. Not seeing how much work is ahead is nice. I should have done that earlier. My strand ran out just as I was getting to the end. I had to start another piece to finish off.

Step 7: Tie Up Loose Ends

I weaved the final end into the mat and stood back to admire my creation.

Now where do I put it. Hmm, I think I'll leave that up to the wife.

Rope & String Speed Challenge

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Rope & String Speed Challenge