Speaking of stripes, these photos don't show the color well, so here's a detail shot:
The variations are subtle, but you can tell the difference in person. I think the lights are just washing out the stripes in these photos.
The icord works well as a durable option for ties, but I could also see starting this with a wide garter stitch ribbon, or sewing on some pretty ribbon as well.
I'll leave you with my favorite shot:
PS- I still have quite a few people entering my July giveaway! Only a week left to enter!