It is a daily struggle aboard Chance for me figure out how to tastefully weave in a bit of nautical themed decor into our home. Nautical is a great theme on land, but when you live on a boat it can very quickly turn into cheesy territory. I first saw one of these cool woven rope rugs in a local rope store here in town and knew I wanted one. Subtle and tasteful in my opinion and it doesn’t scream seashells and seahorses in bright colors. The problem was it was too big for our cockpit floor. So, I turned to my DIY ways and figured out how to weave one myself.
Now, this knot or weave can be found under a few names – an ocean’s plait, celtic’s mat and just a plain old woven rug. I originally tried to follow Ms. Stewart’s instructions, but they were TERRIBLE. So, I found another source which put the steps into a video that I could follow along which was a lot easier to follow.
While I could follow along and was able to weave my own ocean plait this project was a PITA. You have to manage about 100 feet of this really rough rope and pull it through each and every weave, which gets old really fast. But, I stuck with it and now we have a really cute rug that is just the perfect size for our cockpit. I do need to sew on some non skid mat to the back so we don’t go busting our butts though, that thing is slippery on our wood floors!