I had planned to wait until I made several of these before posting the item. But with a shop so cold my toes are freezing and falling off, I'll do it now.
This hot pad was sent by my son and his family from Australia. It is really as much an Australian wood sampler as it is a tourist item. But, it is a neat idea. Pads of any size could be made with this technique. And, one could use scrap wood. The manila rope is cheap too. I think this would be a neat gift item and would sell at craft fairs or whatever.
However, I saw immediately that trying to push a frayed end of rope through the hole could be problematic. I knew there were tools for rope making and started Googling. Came up with fids, just the thing for this project. But most were a little expensive, in the $10.00 each range. Then I found this:
And under $2.00 for a set of three is real reasonable. However this is a wholesale source and a minimum of nine must be ordered at a time.
So, here is an idea. If you want a set, PM me. When I get at least eight requests I'll order then send to you. Shipping will be split evenly and mailing costs from me to you will be charged. I'll make nothing on the project, just cover my expenses.