4. Rope Coil Waling

This tutorial is dedicated to an amazing looking weave, commonly known as the Rope Coil Technique.

Though not a particularly complicated technique, it's fairly hard to figure out just from looking at pictures. Personally, I had to look at a ton of pictures until I finally managed to understand how it works. 

I just hope I'm doing it correctly...




Technique principles


In the rope coil waling technique, fairly short weavers are used, and a new weaver is introduced in each and every stroke, aside from the ending of the weave. This creates groups of weavers that are worked together to create that thick, bulky look.

The coiled effect is achieved by adding a small clockwise twist in each stroke.

In order for the groups to remain in the same size, one weaver is dropped in each stroke as well, quite similarly to slewing, in which one weaver is dropped whenever a new weaver is added.




Is it suitable for beginners?


Although not a very complicated weave, I would not recommend it for compele beginners.

First, make sure that you've mastered the basic waling weaves, and that you are not making any mistakes in these weaves. (If you are complete beginner, make sure to watch the Introduction to Waling lesson, in my Weaving Techniques course).

With that said, I think this lesson is probably the easiest tutorial in the Special Techniques course. Its more suitable for beginners than, say, the Irish pairing technique or the two-way weave, which are highly advanced and complicated techniques.




Preparing weavers for the rope coil technique


First, try to assess the number of rows you wish to have in your basket. Then multiply that number by the number of stakes of that basket. This is the number weavers you should prepare.


To choose the right length of weavers, you should, first, think about what sort of waling you want, and then think about how thick you want your weave to be. If you want it to be 5 weavers thick, you should choose weavers that are 5 weaving strokes long. That is - the weavers will make 5 strokes in the type of waling that you've chosen, and be left with a small leftover length.




Tips for weaving the rope coil technique


  • In-front-of 3 waling weaves are very beautiful in this technique.


  • In-front-of 4 weaves might be beautiful too, just make sure the spaces are not too big.


  • Adding uprights "one to one" can make the beginning of the weave much easier. See my Round Base Theory lesson to learn more about it.


  • Weaving bowl shaped baskets without kinking the stakes at the bottom can be really beautiful with the rope coil technique. In this case, the bottom row can also function as a foot!


  • Rope coil waling looks really well with rod borders at the top.


  • Instead of finishing the rope coil technique and weave a separate border, you can combine it with the border, which makes for a very beautiful finish that looks like the rest of the weave.


  • In case your weavers are too short (as was the case in my demonstration), add two weavers at a time, and drop two as well, in order to achieve a thicker weave. Just make sure you have enough weavers for the number of rows you want.