I added a length of CoolGlowStuff! glow cord, around the center of the mat.
I followed the instructions in 'Knots' by Gordon Perry, for this Ocean Plait Mat, which "can be used as a table decoration, step tread, or wall hanging."
I still need to work a little more slack out of it as seen in the photo. Finished size is about 13" x 7", using 3/8" rope from the sporting goods section at walmart. Working the slack out seems to take the longest time after getting the basic shape laid out.
I tried to make this mat a year or two ago and just got aggravated with the tangled mess and put the rope in the closet and went on to other things. For some reason, when I have trouble with a knot, I stay away from it for awhile until I have some time to sit down and give it another go, and something 'clicks', and I figure it out.
So, I pulled the rope out of the closet this morning and tried it again, and what the hey, it worked this time. The amount of rope used can be deceptive, I think I started with a 40 or 50 ft length, but the final amount used is less as the slack is worked out.
I also made a much smaller ocean plait using about 10 ft of 2mm cord. I'm not sure what I'll use such a small one for though. Maybe a coaster for a couple of shot glasses, attached to the front of a hat with a couple of safety pins for 10 ft of useable cord, or attached to a hair barrette(for a girlfriend/wife, mother, daughter, etc...). Drops of super glue, spread around the inside of the barrette, will keep the cord together and help hold it's curved shape.
...as a barrette.
...and using 550 paracord in navy blue/orange for Auburn colors. War Eagle!
*I've added this link to this blog post to show a photo from the KHWW site, showing how these types of mats, were and are still, actually used on ships to protect the wooden decks.