Macramé, so on-trend, looks fabulous, I made a wall hanging owl in Primary School, I must know how to do it right?!
So, the hardest part about getting back into Macramé was “where to find the cord???” I Googled it and ended up at Spotlight. The cord ended up being about $50 with postage and I wasn’t crazy about the synthetic looking white, but I really wanted to get started. I found a cool looking pattern in Mollie Makes Magazine and off I went.
It was a little bit awkward to get started, I felt like having three hands would have been helpful but after an initial wrestle, I was sailing along. When I got to the beads in the pattern, nothing in my bead jar would fit around both filler cords so I decided to make the beads out of polymer clay. That was a SUPER win because they looked adorable!! (If you want to do this yourself – I used about 30g of clay to make the 4 beads and this seemed to work out to a good size)
So I finished up the hanger and was fairly happy with the result.
I learnt two main things during this process
1. The pattern isn’t as important as keeping each of the 4 hangers the same as each other. The order of the knots is just decoration in the end so don’t worry if you do and extra knot, or miss one, just keep it the same on each section.
2. The height of your first alternating square knot, or the start of the “net” for holding your basket is really important. If the basket sits to low, the 4 sections will collapse in together above the pot and won’t look as fabulous as you intend!
School holidays were coming up so I created a string version to make with the kids.
They loved it and it was during one of the kid’s classes that I got this nugget of invaluable teaching.
When explaining that macramé has two filler cords and two working cords a little voice piped up “like arms and legs” So I wrote down
I find it’s the version that most adults find the easiest to follow now as well!! The copy in the photo above looks well-loved and worn and that's because children and adults alike have benefitted from it! In fact, many adults in my classes have photographed this saying before they leave the class!!
I have tried a number of different versions, rope sizes, and patterns since my first experiment and really it just depends how confident you are in regard to where you want to start.
The small rope hanger is great because the top is a ring and so you begin with 8 larks head knots rather than wrangling a bunch of cords to start if it’s your first attempt. The finished piece is sweet and about 80 cm long. It comes in natural and black.
Or if you want to jump straight in the deep end, Try the large rope hanger, it even comes with some handmade polymer beads which you will LOVE!
Next week, I’ll let you know how I got on with wall hangings x`