With a little bit of practice, you can make these and they are useful, visually pleasing and mesmerizing to sew.
This particular cording, because it is all cotton is very soft, not rigid, like clothesline cord.
I used King Tut all-cotton variegated thread from Superior in both the top and bobbin.
Be sure to have more than 1 spool available. You go through quite a bit of thread. Set your machine to a nice wide zigzag…enough to cross over both sides of the cording.
Crazily, uncharacteristically, the sewing begins to feel like sculpture, like pottery. This is where the meditation kicks in.
You’ll be tempted to keep sewing while you glance away at the cording to see how much you have left. Don’t.
Stop sewing if you need to, but don’t take your eyes off the needle. Guarantee you will slip off track.
The beauty of the process is that if you keep going, you’ll ascend to a higher place. You”ll become a part of the hum, a part of the cording. Your hands will follow the movements automatically and you’ll feel the flow.
Your mind will calm and focus on just about 1 inch of space on the earth.
And it will be more than just a bowl. It will be the place where you put your effort for a while, and the time when you let your racing thoughts evaporate.