Well here are my bowls that I have finished since the workshop. The first basket is the one I started in class and kept it medium size. I keep my glasses, iPod, and watch in it.
The second one is a small bowl with the left over clothesline and I keep my keys in it.
I just had to make a tote. On the bottom, I folded the beginning length of clothesline at the 6" mark to construct an oval "bottom." The I continued adding rounds until the oval measured 12" long. Then I started the curve up the sides until I reached 12". I used handles I had on hand. Now I know what you mean by sewing through the cording....Next time I will make the handles and do a loop so I can sew it with my machine. I may add a lining to keep the bottom from sagging but I want to use it first and see if I need it..
Enjoyed your class and I know I will be making more bowls in the future.