Anyhow, CLOTHESLINE BASKETS have been popping up on my pinterest feed and let me tell you I am glad I jumped in! They are as fun and satisfying as you might think. I've made two for our living room and one, at Soph's request, for her room...
These babies really are dead easy: sew zigzag in a circle until you get the size you desire then turn up to make a 90 degree angle. The bobbin thread becomes the color you see on the outside, though I've also seen these dip-dyed, dyed in patches before sewing, and hand-painted, all of which looks gloriously fun!
Immediately upon completion of my first basket, Sophie demanded that I make one for her room.
The size here was determined by the remaining line I had from the skein I used for the blue basket--you can't really join new clothesline, so you're limited by what you have in a continuous length.
Finally this last basket, a bit of an ugly duckling. I'm not sure what it is that makes this one so...lumpy? I tried to go bigger, and perhaps that's just not an option, or maybe there is a mysterious method to holding clothesline tension. Ah well, it holds things and used up bobbin thread, so I'm not fussed.
And oh yeah, the home for these baskets? Jon made some built-ins. From scratch. It's kind of a big deal.