I have applied the technique of coiling, that is often used to make baskets, to develop a unique and charming placemat or table mat for hot saucepans. It can also function as a basket for example because the petals can be manipulated in different ways to create structures with varying uses.
I used vibrantly coloured polypropylene rope as a core and coiled it into a structure using wool. This choice of core yarn enables the mat to be used for hot saucepans on work surfaces or tables because polypropylene has a good resistance to heat.
The yellow spiraled centre surrounded by crimson petals imitates the organic structure of flora as well as the stereotypical location of these colours in flowers. I also added coloured felted balls to the centre and outer edge of each petal in patterns to decorate the coiled structure further.
|Side view of the petals after being shaped to form a basket|
|View of the coiled structure as a basket from above|
|Alternative way that the petals can be shaped to produce a|
more enclosed structure
|Photograph demonstrating how the petals can also be angled |
so that they create the illusion of the structure being a flower
|Detail of the coiling on the central spiral of the flower|
|View of complete placemat or table mat for hot saucepans from above|
showing the petals opened out and flattened to a consistent height
|Detail of the pattern that I created by sewing felted|
balls to the inner part of each petal