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Tie an Ocean Plait Knot for a Nautical Rope Rug in Miniature or Full Size
Coiled rope mat in an Ocean Plait knot for a scale miniature scene or dolls house.

Nautical rope mat made with the Ocean Plait knot for a dolls house or model boat scale scene.

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This nautical rope rug tied from an ocean plait knot is an example of a full size craft which can be scaled up or down for home rugs made from retired climbing ropes and dolls house miniatures made from fine cord. For smaller boat or model train scales,you will need to use a needle threaded with fine thread to weave the braid, rather than using the rope end.

Materials Needed:

The materials will determine the rug size. Full size rugs can be tied using rope, or sash cord, miniature rugs may need single strands of linen thread for smaller scales. Try a practise knot using a long shoelace or piece of rayon or nylon cord before you go on to work in the scale you want. Shiny cords are easier to work with than soft embroidery threads.

  • Full Size Door Mat roughly 3.5 feet by 2 feet. Tie using old climbing rope, heavy sash cord, or any other type of rope you think will make a suitable mat. Depending on the size of rug you wish and the type of rope you use you will need up to 75 feet of rope. It is recommended you tie the initial knot for the rug first, then multiply the amount of rope you need by the number of times you will follow the pattern to fill out the rug, usually 4 – 6 times around.
  • 1:12 Scale Dolls House Scale Rug 3.5 inches by 2 inches - You will need 2 – 3 yards (meters) of 1/16 to 1/8 inch diameter sewing cord trim (available from the trims section of a fabric store)
  • 1:24 Scale Railroad, Model Boat, or Dolls House rug 1.5 by 1 inch in size - You will need 4 yards / meters of single strand perle cotton, dampened and twisted together then dried to form a 2 yard strand of doubled cotton. You will also need a small darning or tapestry needle.
  • 1:48 scale 3/4 inch by 1/2 inch - 2 yards of single stranded perle cotton and a fine needle
  • Below 1:48 scale – I have tied this knot with linen thread, quilting thread, silk bead cord (from the bead shop) and sewing thread on a needle. The scale you can reach will depend on the size of thread you use.

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