Throughout time people have used string or string-like materials to accomplish many tasks. Fiber has been used since ancient times for making objects that are useful for daily living. Traditional fiber techniques such as sewing, weaving, basketry, braiding, and rope-making use fibrous materials that have been made into thread, cordage or yarn. The gathering of the materials was careful and labor intensive, and the building techniques repetitive. Hands performed the same movements over and over, developing skill and rhythm. Few people today weave their own fabric or make their own ropes, but we still use string as a tool to help us accomplish many different tasks.
Webwork combines elements of rope making, weaving and braiding – all traditional fiber techniques. There is a joining of strands as well as a joining of processes to form a web or net.