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Macrame Wall Hanging Flowers and Leaves 

Step-by-step instructions

macrame wall hanging tutorial

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To make this wall hanging, measuring approximately 17" by 48", you will need 32 cords 9-10 yards each, and 2 cords 8-9 yards each (for the frame), plus - optionally - 25 yards for Spiral braids (see details below). For the pictured wall hanging was used natural flax (linen) cord 2 mm thick, but cotton or poly 2-4 mm thread would be a good choice also. 

1. Double each of 32 cords and mount them with the Lark's head knots on a bar about 18" long. You will have now 64 cords to work with. Put aside for now 2 longer cords - later we will make Vertical braids on each side, creating wall hanging's frame. 

macrame wall hanging tutorial

2. First, we will create the Diamond pattern, and then inside the "diamonds" we will make flowers and leaves designs. Start by making two rows of Diagonal Hitches from the both sides to the middle and from the middle to sides. Each side of the rhombus/diamond consists of 14 Double Half Hitches (only top half-diamonds' sides have 15, because one outmost working cord will become a base thread in the second row of Diagonal Hitches). 

macrame wall hanging tutorial

 

macrame wall hanging tutorial

3. Once you have a top of the first diamond created, you can create a flower inside it. Using the 6th and the 10th threads from top as working cords, make a Square knot on three threads on the middle (3 base threads). Then create 5 Diagonal Hitches (close to each other) consisting of 5 Double Half Hitches. Finish the petal with another Square knot.

macrame wall hanging

Tie a Cross knot on 10 cords in the middle of your flower. Then make two more Square knots and continue making other two flower petals.

macrame flower

 

macrame flower tutorial

 

Then make Square knots at the ends of the petals, and finish the Diamond pattern.

macrame wall hanging

 

4. Inside other diamonds you can make the leaves design. Start by making a Diagonal Hitch from the middle of the diamond's side, consisting of 14-15 Diagonal Hitches. Then make another Diagonal Hitch, leaving some distance, and using the top working cord as a base thread. Repeat with the third Diagonal Hitch. 

macrame leaves pattern

 

macrame leaves design

 

Tie all three Hitches with a Square knot.

macrame leave tutorial

 

Now finish the Diamond pattern.

macrame leave

 

5. Now to the wall hanging's frame. On both sides mount doubled cords (8-9 yards) long, making sure that one end - it will be a working cord - is 4-5 times longer than another end, which is approximately 50". Make a simple Vertical braid by alternating right- and left-handed Loop knots (basically it is a Lark's Head knots / Frivolite braid). At the point, when the braid will reach the outer corner of the Diamond pattern, make couple of the Loop knots on the two base cords from the Diagonal Hitches plus the original base cord, and then continue with just one base cord.

macrame wall hanging tutorial

 

6. Alternate the "diamonds" with flowers and leaves designs, and, if you wish, empty "diamonds". Feel free to create your own pattern! Finish your work with a fringe.

 macrame wall hanging fringe

Optional: Make two Spiral braids 50" long for each side and/or one long Spiral braid (2 - 2,5 yards long) and pull it through the "diamonds", kind of connecting the leaves and flowers together. You may need a needle with thread to attach the Spiral braids to your work securely.

Enjoy your beautiful handmade Macrame Wall hanging

 Macrame wall hanging

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Macrame Stone Wrap / Suncatcher

Step-by-step instructions

 macrame suncatcher

This Macrame stone wrap can be used as a suncatcher, car rear view mirror hanger or a keychain. 

For this project you will need 4 threads 2-3 feet each, one tumbled stone and several glass or gemstone beads.

1. Start by making a Macrame Stone wrap. Separate your cords in two sets of 2 threads - and place two threads on top of other two, criss-crossing them in the middle, like on the picture below.

macrame stone wrap

 

2. Make a Cross knot in the middle.

 

macrame stone wrap

3. Then tie the Connect knots with each pair. You will have 4 knots. 

macrame stone net

I attached my wrap to the stone with a piece of tape - it makes it easier for me to work on the project.

macrame stone bag

Or you can just pin it to a cushion and try the stone on from time to time.

macrame stone wrap

4. Next you take a left thread from one knot and the right thread from another knot and make the second row of Connect knots (basically it is the same as the Macrame fishnet, just going around a stone).

macrame stone wrap

5. Usually after 3-4 rows of knots stone sits tightly in the wrap - now you can gather all 8 cords together and make a sennit of Square knots, to create a loop, like in this Macrame Stone Wrap project. 

macrame stone wrap

 6. Pull a bead through the middle two threads. Make sennits of Frivolite / Lark's Head knots on both sides of the bead (you will have two base cords on each side). Pull little beads through the working cord between each two knots.

macrame stone wrap

7. Make a Square knots braid of approximately 10 Square knots.

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macrame flower

 

8. Make a Berry pattern. Turn your work to its underside, make simple overhand knots, apply clear glue and cut off extra cords (or burn them off with a lighter), like in Step 13 of the Macrame Necklace tutorial.

macrame berry pattern

 

9. Pull 5 cords 5-7" long through the Cross knot at the bottom of the Stone wrap (use a needle if the knot is too tight).  

macrame wrap

 

10. Put small beads on the ends of the threads and tie underneath them simple knots to keep the beads in place. 

macrame keychain

 

11. With the longest thread make a Wind knot around all the threads. The Macrame Gemtone Suncatcher is ready!

macrame suncatcher

macrame stine wrap

 

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Macrame Flower

Step-by-step instructions

 macrame flower

This is an easy Macrame flower tutorial, suitable for a beginner in Macrame. You only will need two threads about 1,5 yards long each (I used Friendship bracelet cord medium thickness).

1. Double the threads and attach them to cushion. 

macrame flower tutorial

2. Use an edge thread as a base and make on it 3 Double half hitches with the rest of the threads.

macrame flower tutorial

3. Then make four more rows of Hitches, every time using the right edge thread as a base and going from right to left.

macrame flower tutorial

macrame flower on four threads

4. Then switch the direction of your base thread - use the left base as a base and go from left to right. Do 5 more rows of Hitches.

macrame flower hitches

macrame flower

macrame flower tutorial

6. Now repeat 2-5 steps to create 5 "flower petals".

macrame flower instructions

7. When you are done, use a Clear edge method to gather all the threads in one bunch.

macrame flower hitches

8. Now you have this zig-zaggy braid. Curl it in circle and, using a needle and thread, sew all the "petals" together. Hide the threads underneath the flower. Cut them off or use them to attach the flower to some surface. 

Underneath of the flower.

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macrame flower easy

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As a finishing touch, sew a bead to the center of your Macrame flower. Voila - it is done!!

macrame flower tutorial

 

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Macrame Fruit Basket / Double Plant Hanger

Step-by-step instructions

Macrame Double Plant Hanger

macrame fruit basket

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Macrame Stone wrap

Step by step instructions

macrame stone wrap

There are a lot of tutorials on the web, describing how to wrap a stone, but this one is my favorite. I believe it is called Hippie style Macrame stone wrap. It is easy, holds a stone very tight and looks beautiful!

Cut six cords - I used waxed cotton thread. Measure around your stone and add couple of inches - it will be length of two pull-through cords (my cords are around 5 inches each). Put them aside for now.

Cut six more threads four times longer than the first two (around 20 inches). 

1. Take the 6 cords and attach them to your working suface, leaving around one inch to the top. I tied the threads together, because it works better for me, but it is unnecessary step)

macrame wrap

2. Put aside 2 outmost threads and make 4 Square knots with 4 middle threads.

macrame hippie stone wrap

3. Then separate your 6 cords on two parts, and make two Square knots on each side. You will have only one base thread (previously a working thread), an outmost and a base thread will be your working ends.

4. Put together 4 middle threads (leaving out the 2 outmost threads again) and tie 4 more Square knots. Repeat 2-4 steps until you have desired length (you can put the braid around your stone). Notice that you are leaving small loops on the edges of your sennit.

5. Finish with two side-by-side Square knots and connect them with one Square knot (step 3), then unpin your work and repeat this step on the opposite side of your braid.  

Macrame stone wrap

Macrame heart

6. Thread two shorter threads through the loops of your braid. 

7. Wrap the sennit tightly around your stone and tie the ends of the thread that you pulled through.

Macrame stone wrap

8. Put all 8 threads together and tie 10-12 Square knots

Macrame stone wrap

Macrame stone wrap

9. Then make a Berry pattern. Hide the extra threads on reverse side of the wrap (if needed, cut them off or burn them off with a lighter).

You can use the loop to attach a chain to the stone wrap. I made a simple Chain Braid for this purpose.

Enjoy your Macrame Stone wrap!

Macrame stone wrap

macrame stone wrap instructions

Macrame stone wrap

 

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Macrame Shopping Tote Bag

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

macrame bag

•X - Square Knot 

•W - Wind Knot 

•R - Double Half Hitch 

•S - Spiral Braid 

•G - "Gourmand" pattern 

•C - Chain Braid 

•K - Capuchin Knot 

•F - Frivolite 

•L - Loop Knot 

•H - Chameleon Braid 

•B - "Berry" Pattern 

•P - Petals Pattern 

•J - Josephine Knot 

•A - Lark's head knot 

You will need approximately 24 cords 4,5 m each (5 yards), 40 cords 3,5 m each (4 yards), 5 cords 1 m each (1,1 yards). The size of this tote is approximately 36 X 46 cm or 17 X 20 inches. Cord size - #24 - #28 (3-4 mm), material - sisal rope, cotton, polyester, nylon, polypropylene (the last three are sturdy but don't hold knots that well).

Here is are couple examples of cord that will be great for this project (sold on Amazon website):

Hemp Cord Spool 48# 205 Feet/Pkg-Natural

Bonnie Macrame Craft Cord 4mmX50yd, Pearl Beige

Darice 1971-15 Macrame Cord with 50-Yard Spool, Natural Cotton

Making the tote’s handles

macrame tote 

 

1.Take the12 longest cords (5 yards). Double them and attach the center to cushion. Using two edge cords as working threads and 10 middle ones as a base, make about 10 Square Knots in both directions from center. You will have a braid that is approximately 8 inches (20 cm) long. 

2.Continue making Flat knots in the same direction  - you will have a short Spiral braid. Separate all cords into 3 parts with 4 cords in each. Make 3 small Spiral braids – about 2 -3 inches (5-7 cm) long. Repeat this step to make a second handle. 

3.Take two 1,1-yard threads and place them around cushion horizontally. Attach the ends of your tote’s handles to this thread with the Double Half Hitches. Then mount on this base thread all of the 4-yard cords with the Lark's Head Knots. Spread them equally – 20 on each side of handle. If you want your tote to be sturdier, place one more base thread under the first two and make a second row of the Double Half Hitches. The ends of the base threads tie together and cut the extra length. The handles are ready!

Making the tote - I

1.Separate all the cords on parts with 4 cords in each. Make short (1/2 inch or 1 - 2 cm) Spiral braids

2.Again place the 1,1-yard base thread around cushion and attach to it all the ends of the threads. you will have the Horizontal Hitch

3.Decorative lane consists of 8 diamonds. At first make 8 triangles from 6 Square knots (1 row –3 knots, then 2, and finally - one). Actually, you will have 8 triangle Chess Patterns. Then “close” each triangle with 2 rows of the Diagonal Hitches, and between the triangles make 8 Josephine knots from 12 cords separated on 2 parts. From the “tips” of triangles make short Spiral braids (0,5 - 1 inch) and “close” the diamonds with 2 rows of the Diagonal hitches. Again make triangle Chess patterns. 

4.Make two more Horizontal Hitches on two 1,1-yard base threads.

Making the tote – II (Main Pattern) 

macrame bag

1.This pattern is a variant of the Petals Pattern. Just start each next row of petals from the middle of “petals” in previous row. In other words, start making Diagonal Hitches on 8 cords “to the left”. In the 2nd row make the same Diagonal Hitches, but “to the right” and starting from the middle of previous Hitches. You can make as many rows as you want - as long you want your tote to be. 

Making Tote’s Bottom

1.Take one of the edge cords and using it as a base thread, make a Horizontal Hitch with all threads. 

2.Repeat the1st step 3-4 times, using different edge cords as a base. Then turn your tote inside out. Take any edge cord again, place it horizontally and make on it the Double Half Hitches, taking cords in order from both sides of the tote. Two rows of the Horizontal Hitches will be enough for a sturdy bottom. Cut off all the extra cord. Your tote is now ready!

macrame handbag

The pattern and images are used from Anna Krauze, "Macrame", 1987, Uzbekistan. 

 

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Macrame Snowflake Christmas Ornament

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

Macrame snowflake tutorial

This project is simple - you can easily do this even if you are a beginner in Macrame, also this would be great activity with your kid! The snowflake is great as a stocking stuffer or as a last minute Christmas gift.

You will need 12 threads about 50 cm (20") long. I used white, pretty stiff thread with lurex, it helps to keep the Snowflake's shape. Waxed cotton or polyester/nylon would be another good option.

Also you will need 12 beads and a metal ring (diameter about 1,5 - 2 cm or 1/2 - 3/4"). You can make a ring yourself by wrapping a piece of wire around a pen. 

1. Affix the ring to the cushion. Then attach all 12 threads to the ring with the Lark's head knot. Add extra loops on the left and right in order to cover the entire ring. 

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3. Take two edge threads from two different knots and pull through a bead. Then make a Square knot using these two threads as base and two threads from both sides of the bead as working threads.

macrame snowflake 

4. Repeat the 3rd step 6 times until you have all first 6 beads attached.

macrame snowflake

5. Take two working threads - one from two neighbor Square Knots. Use them as base threads, go out about 1 inch from the Square knot and make another one Square knot (now working threads will be base threads from previous Square knot - kind of like in the Chess Pattern). Pull it a little closer to the center of Snowflake creating a curve.

macrame christmas 

 

6. Pull two base threads through a bead and make a Square knot (pic.7). Drop clear glue on this knot to affix it, let it dry and cut extra threads.

macrame snowflake

7. Repeat steps 5 - 6 six times attaching all six beads. Your Christmas Ornament Snowflake is ready!

These are more a complicated versions of the Snowflake - try to make them too!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

macrame snowflake Macrame snowflake pattern

 Many thanks to Antonina Lovebiser (Canada) from LiveJournal for these patterns and images.

 

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Macrame Heart Pendant / Key Chain

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

macrame heart

This makes a perfect Valentine's Day gift. Give your Heart to your loved one!

The Macrame Heart is about 1 inch long and can be used as a pendant or as a key chain. 

You will need 11 threads, each about one yard long. I used thin satin red thread (about 1 mm thick). 

1. Put 1 thread across 10 others, leaving around 1/3 of the threads' length at the top. It will be a base thread. Make on it 10 Vertical Hitches with each thread. 

macrame valentine day 

 3. Then separate the lower part of the threads on two parts (see picture below), criss cross middle (the 5th and 6th) threads and, using them as base threads, make Horizontal Hitches to the left and to the right. 

   

 how to macrame

 macrame heart

4.Repeat previous steps, making 4 more rows of the Horizontal Hitches, leaving the base threads aside.

macrame valentine

5. Now take the ends of the 11th thread (the one that is across 10 others) and using them as a base, make Diagonal Hitches on both sides of the Heart.

6. Take two middle threads from the top and using them as base threads, make Diagonal Hitches all around the Heart. Repeat one more time, creating a 3rd row of Diagonal Hitches.

macrame heart 

7. Now make the second half of the Heart - repeat 1-6 steps.

8. Attach both halves, using the Clear Edge method

 Cut off the ends and hide them inside the Heart. Leave the two last threads out and use them as a loop for attaching the Heart to a necklace or a key.

Your Macrame Heart pendant / key chain is ready!

Happy Valentine's Day!

 macrame heart

 

Many thanks to Galinka from Texnomagia.ru Forum for sharing this pattern and images.

 

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Macrame Curtain Tiebacks with Tassels

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

macrame curtain tiebacks

This Macrame Curtain Tiebacks are very easy to make and will give your curtains a real designer look.

To make two Curtain Tiebacks approximately 25 inches long each, you will need two long cords about 2 yards (1,8 meters) long, two medium (7 inches) and 40 short (4-6 inches) cords for 4 tassels.

1. Make two Sennit Chains (or Caterpillar Chains) with the long cords. Leave about 5 inches of cord from both ends – we will need them to attach the tassels. 

 macrame sennit braid

2. Then make two pairs of simple tassels. This is the easiest way to make a tassel. Take 10 short cords and tie a simple overhand knot to secure the medium cord to the bundle.

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Fold the bundle of strands in half.  Take both ends of the medium cord and make one or two Double Half Hitches around the bundle, underneath the fold. You can glue the knot from behind and then cut off the excess cords so that the tassel looks neat.

3. Attach the tassels to the ends of both Sennit Chains. Your Curtain Tiebacks are ready! You can decorate them with beads if you wish. 

 

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Macrame Christmas Tree Ornament/Wall Hanger

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

macrame christmas tree

•X - Square Knot 

•W - Wind Knot 

•R - Double Half Hitch 

•S - Spiral Braid 

•G - "Gourmand" pattern 

•C - Chain Braid 

•K - Capuchin Knot 

•F - Frivolite 

•L - Loop Knot 

•H - Chameleon Braid 

•B - "Berry" Pattern 

•P - Petals Pattern 

•J - Josephine Knot 

•A - Lark's head knot 

 

This can be an ornament for your real Christmas tree, or - if you make it bigger - a festive wall hanger. And as always it is pretty easy to make, even for the beginning macrame enthusiast. You only need to use 2 macramé knots for it - the Square knot and Horizontal Hitches (Double Half Hitches). 

For a small ornament (the green Christmas  tree), you will need about 10,5 yards of thread. I used acrylic yarn 2 mm thick. For the white Christmas Tree wall hanger (the picture is from the website macramexa.com), you need 10 times more thread, approximately 100 yards.

1. Start with three threads 1 yard long each. Double them and thread a bead in the middle. Take one of the threads, attach it to a cushion with a pin and make one and a half Square knots (three Flat knots) underneath the bead. 

 

2. The middle part of the ornament consists of the 1,5 Square knots in Chess pattern. Also in every row you can add beads, pulling through them working threads of two nearby knots.

 

 

3. To finish the ornament, take the edge threads and using them as base threads, make two Horizontal Hitches towards the middle of ornament.

4. To make a "stem" for your Christmas tree, tie a Berry Pattern with 4 middle threads (pic. 6-7). Cut off all extra threads, creating a fringe. 

Alternatively, you can do several rows of Horizontal Hitches, placing more beads in between them. To make the Christmas tree's "stem", use Square knots in the Chess pattern: 3 knots in the 1st row, then 2 in the 2nd row, 3 in 3rd, 2 in 4th -10 rows total, and finish with the Horizontal Hitch and fringe (see the white Christmas tree wall hanger).

5. Pull a cord through a top bead to make a loop for hanging your Christmas tree ornament/wall hanger.

christmas tree macrame

macrame christmas tree beads

Happy Holidays!!

Some images are courtesy of macramexa.com website 

 

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Macrame Christmas Angel Ornament

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

With some practice it takes only couple hours to make this Christmas ornament. It makes a perfect handmade gift for your loved ones. 

 

For this project I used approximately 12 yards (10,5 meters) of satin cord and one bead (half of an inch in diameter). FYI, slightly moisten the silk threads to make them easier to tie.

1.Take 7 cords 1,2 yard (about 1 meter) long each. Tie a knot in a middle of each cord. Fasten the first knot on working pillow with a pin.

2.Then take other 3 cords 1,5 yards (1,2 m) long each, and mount them on the thread with the Lark's head knots, adding one extra loop on each side (pic. 1, 2).

 

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3.Take the right end of the shorter cord and using it as a base thread make a row of Horizontal Hitches (pic. 3) right underneath the first row, working from the right to the left. 

 

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Pic.3

 

4. Take the second thread which has a knot and attach it under the first one slightly at an angle (pic. 4). Make two rows of the Horizontal Hitches again, then repeat with all 7 cords which has knots. At the end you will have something like the piece on pic. 5. Don't make the last row of the Horizontal Hitches yet!

 

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5. Mark the left end of the last thread with a knot (pic.5) - we need to make sure we will not cut it off later. Now use the right end as a base thread and finish this part of work with the Clear Edge Method (start with one base thread, then two, three etc., every time cutting off extra base threads). Don't cut off the end with the knot!!

 

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6. Make 3 Square knots on the 2-5, 6-9 and 10-13 ends (pic. 6). Continue making the 2nd row of Square knots in the Chess Pattern - use 4-7 and 8-11 ends. On the 3rd row tie one Square knot in the middle - on 6-9 ends, then make one Square knot on 2-4 ends (one base thread) and on 11-13 ends (one base thread again).

 

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7. Take the 1st cord to the left and using it as a base thread make a row of the Diagonal Hitches with 2-7 ends. Then take the last thread to the right (the one with the knot, that we were keeping) and make a row of the Diagonal Hitches with 8-13 ends (pic.7). Intertwine the base threads.

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8. Take the 6th end as a base thread and make a row of Hitches with 1-5 threads (pic. 8). Repeat making rows of Hitches, every time leaving aside a base thread from the previous row. You will create an angled "wing" like on the pic. 9. The same way make a right "wing" (base thread is 9th end, working threads are 10-14).


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9. Make simple overhand knots at the end of each row of Hitches on the "wings". Then put a small amount of clear glue on each knot (do it from the back) and cut the ends off after the glue dries (pic. 10). Sometimes I use a lighter to melt the ends of the polyester or nylon threads, but be careful not to burn your creation!!))

 

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 Now pull a bead through two central threads - this is the Angel's "head" (pic.11). 

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10. Now we need to make a "halo". You can simply cut out a small round piece of artificial snow and attach it to the top of Angel's "head", or make a ring out of a golden or silver wire and pull it through the bead making it look like a crown of light, or you can create a macrame halo - like I did. 

 

How to macrame a "halo": 

 1) Take a cord about 1/4 yard long and attach it to a pillow (pic.12). It will be our base thread.

 

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 2) Then using another cord (1/2 yard long) as a working thread, make 7-10 the Picot Frivolite knots (pic. 13).

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 3) Tie all 4 ends together with a Square knot to create a round loop (pic. 14). Apply a small amount of clear glue on the knot and cut off the extra ends.

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 4) Attach the "halo" to the central threads right above the Angel's "head". Use the Double Half Hitch or a simple overhand knot. 

 5) Tie the knot at the ends of the two central threads - and your Angel Christmas Ornament is ready. 

 As a cute decoration detail, you can attach a small ribbon bow to Angel's back (pic. 15). Looks great!

Pic.14

 

 

 Thanks to Galinka from Texnomagia forum for sharing the pattern and some of the images.

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Macrame Pendant

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

macrame pendant 

 

Necessary materials to make the pendant:

 2 threads about 2 1/2 yards (240 cm) long

 8 threads about 1/2 yards (40-50 cm) long

 1 ring (plastic, wooden, metal, etc) about 1,5-2 inches (3-5 cm) in diameter. You can buy it in any crafts store or you can make it yourself or even use a simple split key ring as I did. I used cotton threads #3 size, but any nylon, polyester silk or cotton 1 - 2 mm cord would be okay. My favorite these days for making macrame jewelry is waxed cotton and polyester cord - it looks great and holds knots perfectly. 

1. Take two long (240 cm) threads, double them and from the middle make the Chain Braid to your desired length (25 - 30 cm).

2. Place one of the shorter threads (50 cm) on top of the 4 ends of your finished Chain Braid. Make a Horizontal Hitch, using the shorter thread as a base thread. You should have 6 ends now.

macrame pendant

3.Using the second shorter thread as a base, make a second row of the Double Half Hitches. Add one extra cord (50 cm) on each side. Repeat this step for creating the 3rd and 4th Horizontal Hitches

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4. Take the 12 central ends and attach them to a ring with the Lark's head knots (you should have 18 ends total now). Weave the closest thread around the ring, and using it as a base, make 6 Horizontal Hitches, moving from left to right and then from right to left, etc. 

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5. Take 6 central threads and make 3 Chain braids. Their length should be equal to the diameter of the ring. Mount the ends on the opposite side of the ring with the Double Half Hitches

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6. Weave the rest of the threads around the rest of the ring, on both of its sides. Alternatively you can weave just an edge thread around the ring and hide its end on the opposite side of the pendant, like I did.

macrame pendant instructions

 7. Finish your work using The Clear Edge Method. Take the first edge thread as a base, make a Horizontal Hitch from one side towards the center, adding threads to the base one by one. Repeat on the other side.

macrame jewelry instructions

8. Tie all the ends together with the Wind Knot. Enjoy your pendant! 

These are three different versions of this pendant, try to make them all!

macrame pendants

macrame pendant

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Macrame Butterfly

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

macrame butterfly

This Butterfly makes a beautiful unique brooch or can be used as a home decor piece.

You will need 10 cords 1,5-2 meters (5 feet) long, or around 17-20 yards of cord total. I used thin satin thread (1 mm). Waxed polyester or cotton cord will hold the shape of the finished item even better, but it is harder to work with, IMHO.. 

50 Yards - 2mm Silver/Grey Satin Rattail Cord Chinese/china Knot Rat Tail Jewelry Braid 100% Polyester 

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Creating Butterfly’s head

1. Double 2 threads and attach them to a cushion. Make 2 Chain braids, consisting of 25 Loop knots – it will be the Butterfly’s “antennas”. Then put all 4 threads together and make 7 Square Knots. Then create a “Berry” pattern on the braid - this will be the Butterfly's "head".

2. Separate your 4 threads again into 2 parts, and make 8-10 Loop Knots on both sides of the “head”. The braids will begin to spiral naturally, try to keep them straight, and then curve the braids, creating two Butterfly’s “eyes”, and tie a knot to the Berry pattern/"head". Fix the "eyes" to the cushion with pins. To finish the Butterfly's head, again separate 4 threads into two parts and make 4-5 Loop knots on each side. Join all threads with a Square knot. Put the “head” aside for now.

macrame butterfly

Making Butterfly’s wings

1. We will create our Butterfly’s wings “upside down”, starting with it’s smaller wings. Double two threads and attach them to the cushion close to each other. Make 3 Frivolite / Lark's Head Knots with any pair of those threads, and then mount on them 3 new doubled cords with the Lark’s head knots, with two Loop knots added on both sides. You will have 8 ends on each side.

macrame butterfly tutorial

2. Take a top thread and, using it as a base, make a Diagonal Hitch. 

macrame butterfly tutorial

3. Then take the second thread from top and with the first thread tie on it 3 Frivolite / Lark's Head Knots – it will be an outer edge of the Butterfly’s “wing”. 

4. Repeat the 2nd and 3rd steps twice, and then make one more Hitch.

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5. Take the edge thread and, using the other 4 threads as a base, tie 5 Frivolite / Lark's Head Knots. It will curve naturally, creating a half-circle, that will connect forewings and hindwings of our butterfly. Attach it to a cushion with a pin. 

6. Make a Horizontal Hitch on 4 base threads of the half-circle, at first using the three threads from the previous Hitch, then continue with the Clear Edge Method (keep adding threads to the base). 

7. When there will be only one thread left, make on it two Frivolite / Lark's Head Knots. It will be the outer edge of the wing. Fix the end with pin.

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8. Now we start with creating the bigger pair of wings of our Butterfly. Continue making Hitches, starting from the half-circle. In order to widen the wing, in the second Hitch make 2 Double Half Hitches with each thread, and then make 3 Frivolite / Lark's Head Knots (the wing’s outer edge). For the 3rd Hitch, tie 3 Double Half Hitches and 4 Frivolite / Lark's Head Knots accordingly, for the 4th – 4 and 5, for the 5th - 5 and 6.

9. Finally, create a long central “axis” of the wing with a Spiral braid. Using the base thread from the last sennit of the Frivolite / Lark's Head Knots, make on it Loop knots, periodically adding threads to the base (the Clear Edge Method). 

Repeat steps 1-9 to create the second wing. Periodically compare it with the first wing and make sure the look the same.

Creating Butterfly’s Body

1. When the central “axis” will reach the half-circle, separate the 3 shortest threads and hide them under the wing (later we will use them to attach our Butterfly to some surface). 

2. Take one of the other 5 threads and weave it around the half-circle. Then take your finished Butterfly's head, and using the thread as a base, create a Hitch with all the threads you have left and plus two threads from the head.

 

3. Make 4 more rows of Hitches, every time weaving the base thread around the half-circle. 

Then continue making Hitches, pointing the base thread to the center of the Butterfly’s body. In each row leave one outmost thread out. Now take the top outmost thread, and using it as a base cord, make on it Double Half Hitches with each of the cords that you left out. Create the second and even the third row of the Diagonal Hitches if you want the Butterfly's body to be more pointy.

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4. Repeat 1-3 steps to attach the second wing to the head and make another side of the Butterfly’s body.

5. Turn the Butterfly on its underside. With the 6 threads, that were left out in step 1, make a Berry pattern. You can use it to attach the Butterfly to any surface (as an option – just cut the threads off). Point the side cords (those that were left out on the sides) to the center and make on them several Square knots.

Similiar pattern is used in the Macrame Bat project (the Body part).

Cut off the remaining threads and hide the ends on underside. You can secure them with some clear glue, also, synthetic threads can be burned off with a lighter.

Your Macrame Butterfly is ready now!

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Use your imagination – and you will create different types of Macrame Butterflies. For example, use Frivolite with Picot, instead of simple Frivolite / Lark's Head Knots for wing’s outer edges, or use Hitches instead of the Spiral Braid in Butterfly's central axis of the wings (the Blue Butterfly). Good luck and have fun!

The pattern and some of the images used for this project are courtesy of Anna Krauze, "Macrame", 1987, Uzbekistan.

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Macrame Lamp Shade

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

 

•X - Square Knot 

•W - Wind Knot 

•R - Double Half Hitch 

•S - Spiral Braid 

•G - "Gourmand" pattern 

•C - Chain Braid 

•K - Capuchin Knot 

•F - Frivolite 

•L - Loop Knot 

•H - Chameleon Braid 

•B - "Berry" Pattern 

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Macrame Flower Pendant

Step-by-step instructions

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For the chain and frame you will need 4 nylon  cords 3 m (3,5 yards) each, for the flowers and leaves – 3 (or 2) cords 3 m each and 2 cords 2 m (2,3 yards) each. Also you will need a frame (plastic, wooden or metal), oval or round, about 3 inches high and 2 inches wide.

1. Making chain and frame 

Double the first 4 cords and fix centers to cushion. Make a chain in both directions from center. You can use Square knots, Spiral braid, Chain braid. The length of chain is approximately 20-25". Fix the ends of cords on frame with Double Half Hitch knots, then twine the frame around with Lark's Head knots

2. Making Flowers 

Take 2 threads 3 m each, double them and fix to cushion. Make a Chain braid consisting of 18-20 Loop knots

Then put all four cords together and make a flower, similiar to one in this Macrame flower tutorial

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Macrame flower tutorial

The same way create a smaller flower, making 2 Horizontal Hitches to the right, then 2 to the left.

3. Making Leaves 

The leaves are made on the same 4 threads, that were used for the flowers in the previous step. 

Make 8 Horizontal Hitches (direct the base cord from right to left), then leave out one inner cord and make 3-5 more rows of Hitches, then leave one more inner cord out, make another 3-5 Hitches. Now to the other side of our leaf - make 8 Horizontal Hitches (direct the base cord from left to right), then repeat the previous steps. When finished, turn the item on opposite side, tie together the inner cords, that you left out, and cut off the extra cords.

 macrame leaf

4. Making small flowers 

Take one cord, double it and fix to cushion. Make a Spiral braid consisting of about 10 Loop knots, then make 8 The Picot Frivolité Knots and curve them with a Loop knot in shape of a Flower. Then make a Spiral braid again. Repeat this step 3-4 times – you will have a braid with 4 tiny flowers. Set aside as well.

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5. Making small leaves 

Take a second thin cord, double it and fix to cushion. Make a Chain braid of about 12 Loop knots. Continue with The Square Knot braid with Picots. 6-7 pairs of Picots will be enough. Then make a short Spiral braid.

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6. Arranging the Pendant’s pattern 

You are free to arrange all of your flowers and leaves on the frame as you wish (or you can repeat my arrangement). Anyway, it is almost impossible to create two identical pendants. Sew all elements to the frame with a needle and thin thread. Gather all the ends together in lower part of frame and fix them to your frame also. Tie Capuchin knots at the ends of cords and cut off extra cord.  

Also you can color your pendant with any fabric dye, applying it with a small brush.

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Macrame Belt

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Macrame Newspaper Holder / Macrame Wall Hanging

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

macrame wall hanging

 

Bonnie Macrame Craft Cord 4mmX50yd, Pearl Beige - this kind of cord was used for this macrame wall hanging.

macrame wall hanging

•X - Square Knot 

•W - Wind Knot 

•R - Double Half Hitch 

•S - Spiral Braid 

•G - "Gourmand" pattern 

•C - Chain Braid 

•K - Capuchin Knot 

•F - Frivolite 

•L - Loop Knot 

•H - Chameleon Braid 

•B - "Berry" Pattern 

•P - Petals Pattern 

•J - Josephine Knot 

•A - Lark's head knot 

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Macrame Plant Hanger with Beads

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

macrame plant hanger with beads 

macrame plant hanger with beads

•X - Square Knot 

•W - Wind Knot 

•R - Double Half Hitch 

•S - Spiral Braid 

•G - "Gourmand" pattern 

•C - Chain Braid 

•K - Capuchin Knot 

•F - Frivolite 

•L - Loop Knot 

•H - Chameleon Braid 

•B - "Berry" Pattern 

•P - The Square Knot with Picot 

 

For this macrame plant hanger you will need 16 cords about 2,5 meters (3 yards) long each and 20 beads. I used this cord - Bonnie Macrame Craft Cord 4mmX50yd, Pearl Beige - and beads - 1/3 inch in diameter . 

1.Repeat 2 - 5 steps of Macrame Plant Hanger instruction.

2. Tie 5 - 6 Square Knots, then put through a bead's hole two middle threads and make one more Square Knot.

3. Leave couple inches of thread and make a Square Knot again. One more time run through a bead the middle threads and make a The Square Knot with Picot , and finish with Square Knot. 

4. You can repeat the pattern as many times as you want for longer Plant hanger. Then make the Square Knots braid of 5 - 6 knots 

5. Separate the 4 cords at the end of your Square Knots braid into two parts. Make 2 Chain braids on those two cords, about 2 inches long. 

6. Connect two Chain braids from the different Square Knots Braids with the “Gourmand” pattern in the Chess order, run the middle threads through a bead and make one more "Gourmand" pattern under the bead. 

7. Tie two Chain braids and connect them with The Square Knot with Picot. You can repeat this step until your plant pot is braided fully till bottom. 

8. Collect the ends of all cords under the bottom of your plant pot and fix them with a  Wind Knot. 

9. About 5 – 10 inches under the Wind Knot make Capuchin knots on each cord. Cut off the rest of thread. 

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Macrame Owl

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

macrame owl

For the Macrame Classic - Macrame Owl - you will need 17 cords: 14 cords with a length of approximately 2 meters each, 2 cords - 2,5 m and 1 cord - 1 m. I used thick #32 cord. Also you will need 2 rings (d=2-3 inches, or 4-6 cm) and 2 sticks (wooden or plastic). 

•X - Square Knot 

•W - Wind Knot 

•R - Double Half Hitch 

•S - Spiral Braid 

•G - "Gourmand" pattern 

•C - Chain Braid 

•K - Capuchin Knot 

•F - Frivolite 

•L - Loop Knot 

•H - Chameleon Braid 

•B - "Berry" Pattern 

•P - Petals Pattern 

•J - Josephine Knot 

•A - Lark's head knot 

 

 

1. Double two cords (2,5 m) and make a Chain braid about 10 inches (0,3 m) length.  

2. Fix the four cords' ends on the edges of your stick with Double Half Hitches

3. Between the Double Half Hitches place on the stick 14 cords (2 m) with the Lark's head knots

4. Tie 8 Square Knots. In the second row tie 7 Square Knots in chess order, then 5, 4 and so on - until you have one Square Knot in the 8th row. This is a triangular Chess pattern

 5. Pull the edge cords from both sides to the last Square Knot (in the 8th row of Chess pattern). Use the cords as base threads and tie on them two rows of diagonal Hitches

 6. Make a "Berry" pattern  on the 4 cords in center. 

 7. Take the edge cord and make 15 Picot Frivolité Knots on the second cord. Repeat on the another side. 

 8. Fix the rest of the cords (between the Frivolite braid and "Berry" pattern) on each ring with Double Half Hitches. Tie Square Knots inside rings. You will now have the Owl's "eyes"! 

 9. Take the four cords under the "Berry" Pattern and pull them to the edges, under the Owl's "eyes". Use them as base threads again and tie on them 2 rows of diagonal Hitches with all threads, including the cords under the Frivolite braids

 10. Again make a triangular Chess pattern (Step 5) starting with one Square Knot and finishing with 8 knots in 8th row. 

 11. Take the last cord (1 meter long), double it and place the middle part above all cords. Use it as a base thread and complete a horizontal Hitch. It is our Owl's waist (Note: The waist is optional. You can just continue tying a Chess pattern until you feel like your Owl is long enough). 

 12. Under the horizontal Hitch make 8 Square Knots (don't use the two cords in the middle).Then tie 3 knots in the 2nd row (in chess order) and 2 knots in the 3rd. It will be the Owl's "paws". 

 13. Fix all the ends on a stick with Double Half Hitches. Under each "paw" gather all threads with a Wind Knot. You will have two tassels. Leave about 10 cm (4 inches) and cut the extra cord equally. Make the tassels fluffy by untwisting the cords. Also you can make Owl's "eyebrows" and "waist" with pieces of the untwisted fluffy cord and sew them to your Owl. Shiny big buttons could be used as the Owl's "eyes". 

 macrame owl

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Macrame Plant Hanger

Step-by-step instruction and scheme

•X - Square Knot 

•W - Wind Knot 

•R - Double Half Hitch 

•S - Spiral Braid 

•G - "Gourmand" pattern 

•C - Chain Braid 

•K - Capuchin Knot 

•F - Frivolite 

•L - Loop Knot 

•H - Chameleon Braid 

•B - Berry Pattern 

You need 16 cords (approximately #18 - #24 size) about 3 meters (3,5 yards) long each. 

Bonnie Macrame Craft Cord 4mmX50yd, Pearl Beige - this is a great cord for making indoor/outdoor plant hanger.

1. At first, take 4 cords. Double them and in the middle part accomplish a Square Knot braid of about 10-15 knots. 

2. Make a loop from the Square Knot braid and fix the ends with a small Wind Knot. 

3. About 2 - 3 inches under the Wind Knot fix the ends of 4 cords on a plastic, wood or metal ring (d=1,2 – 2 inches) with Double Half Hitches. Also fix the rest of threads. If the ring still can be seen, make additional Double Half Hitches by sides, or just Loop Knots around the ring. 

4. Gather all cords under the ring and make one more Wind Knot. 

5. Tie 4 Spiral Braid (about 10-15 inches) with each of the 4 cords you have. 

6. Separate the 4 cords at the end of your Spiral braid into two parts. Make 2 Chain braids on those two cords, about 2 inches long. 

7. Connect two Chain braids from different Spiral Braids with the “Gourmand” pattern. 

8. Under each “Gourmand” pattern make again two Chain braids and again tie them together with the “Gourmand” patterns. It will look like the patterns are situated in the Chess order. You can repeat steps 8 and 9 until your plant pot will be braided till bottom. 

9. Collect the ends of all cords under the bottom of your plant pot and fix them with a large Wind Knot. 

10. About 5 – 10 inches under the Wind Knot make Capuchin knots on each cord. Cut off the rest of thread. Don’t worry if the ends of the cords aren't even – it will make your Macrame plant hanger only nicer. For a thicker tassel add more cords while making your Wind Knot.

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