Nina's Textile Trail 2

– Textiles 1: Mixed Media for Textiles

Joining methods for pot coiling


(Paper Learning Log Pages 40-41)

At the outset of this assignment, pot coiling appealed to me as a means of illustrating joining.  Throughout the project, techniques have been explored.

The pots are little but have given me great pleasure in the making, handling and combining for photography.  The first is constructed from purchased, rust coloured recycled t-short yarn and linen thread joined with buttonhole stitch.  It’s 8cm tall and 6cm in diameter.  The fabric yarn is soft and springy but has enough form to give the vessel character when handled or placed for display.  Whilst the stitching is not really regular and even, it is similar enough to give continuity and adds to its individuality.  The initial centre coil is a bit untidy but for a first attempt, the pot was successful.

Moving on to explore another technique, Doug Johnston’s sash cord vessels inspired me to recycle an odd piece of cotton cord & perle cotton thread following a ‘make rope coil vessels tutorial’ on The Red Thread Blog.  This shallow bowl is 9cm in diameter and 3cm tall using stitches which pass over one then two rows of cord, with the needle catching the cord of the row below not just inserting through the gap.  As with the above, the stitching is uneven adding to the character.  The cord is reasonably soft, closely joined and holds its shape well.

The third vessel is made with some burgundy recycled t-shirt yarn and rust stranded embroidery thread using a number of threads and a knotting technique. This was more challenging for me than stitch and fiddly on a small pot, only 5 cm tall and 4.5 cm in diameter. Its a lovely dinky little shaped pot, soft and a little stretchy to handle and just wonky enough to give it character.

The last pot in this collection is 6cm tall, 5cm in diameter at the neck with an 8cm base. Constructed with white cotton cord, burgundy shetland wool and a figure of eight stitch, it has a sturdy construction with sufficient character to join its peers!



Beginning to explore pot coiling has been enjoyable and will be developed, but even more enjoyment and pleasure was found in arranging the vessels to photograph them.

Draper, Jean (2013) Stitch and Structure: Design and Technique in two and three-dimensional textiles Batsford, London

Edmonds, Janet (2009) Three Dimensional Embroidery Batsford, London

Lee, Ruth (2010) Three Dimensional Textiles with coils loops knots and nets Batsford, London


5 thoughts on “Joining methods for pot coiling

  1. yum, that looks so fun and I agree the arrangements are super pleasing to look at!

  2. Thanks Inger, it was fun!

  3. Lovely results!

  4. These characterful pots look great together. Very nicely made and photographed.

  5. What a lovely collection of vessels; very tactile and super shapes.

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