A few months ago, I nearly died of sticker shock when I saw the price tag for a coiled fabric bowl in a local craft outlet. It was a lovely little bowl about six inches across in lovely watery blues. It reminded me of something that should have had a place in my grandmother’s kitchen… folky, primitive, and homey in its style. Unfortunately, this petite piece of folk art was priced at $75. I left the cute little bowl right where I had found it.
While recently searching for some ideas for Christmas gifts, I came across instructions for making a coiled rag bowl very similar to the one I’d seen. For less than the cost of a fast food meal, I was able to create one myselfl. It’s an imperfect first attempt, but I’m pretty happy with it. The creation involves strips of torn fabric, cotton cording, lots of pins, and a bit of thread. Mine included more than a few pricked fingers and swear words, but that’s what usually happens when I’m allowed near anything sharp and pointy. I imagine that a more graceful craft-person could manage the project without these last two inclusions. At any rate, my wallet is still intact, even if my fingers aren’t.