Tuesday’s Tutorial: Twisted Diamond Headband

Today’s tutorial is a simple macrame headband with the same pattern, twisted diamond shape, repeated over and over until you reach the desired head size. I think this is probably the easiest one thus far.

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I made several of them with this design. In brown, peach and burgundy.

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This one I am making today is black with gray/black Marbella beads. It closes in the back with an elastic ponytail holder.

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Supplies/Tools Needed

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  • 13 yards of 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord
  • 32 Marbella beads (3/8″)
  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • T-pins
  • ruler/tape measure/yardstick
  • scissors
  • elastic ponytail holder (the thicker, stiffer kind)
  • sewing needle/black thread

Directions To Make Twisted Diamond Macrame Headband

Step 1.

Cut 3 cords 4 1/4 yards in length.

Step 2.

Find the center of the three 4 1/4 yard cords and mount to macrame board using T-pins.

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Using the black elastic ponytail band, reverse lark’s head all 3 cords onto one side. See photo for assistance. Number cords 1-6.

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Step 3.

Row 1. Tie a Square Knot (SK) with Cords 1-3 and 4-6. (Only ONE filler cord.)

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Row 2. Tie one SK with Cords 2-5. (TWO filler cords.)
Row 3. Repeat same as for Row 1.
Row 4. Repeat same as for Row 2.

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Step 4.

Add one bead to Cord 1 and one bead to Cord 6.

Step 5 – Half Knot Sennet.

With Cords 1-3, begin tying a Half Knot Sennet of 6 half knots. One right after the other in a vertical row. (The knots will start to twist. That is OK, it is supposed to do that.) Photo is showing one half knot. Keep tying until you have six (6). Repeat the same for Cords 4-6.

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Step 6.
Tie one square knot with cords 2-5. (Two filler cords.)

Step 7.

Repeat Steps 4, 5 & 6 until all beads are used up.

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Step 8 – Tying the last knots.

Row 1. Tie a Square Knot (SK) with Cords 1-3 and 4-6. (Only ONE filler cord.)

Row 2. Tie one SK with Cords 2-5. (TWO filler cords.)
Row 3. Tie a Square Knot (SK) with Cords 1-3 and 4-6. (Only ONE filler cord.)

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Step 9.

This finishes all knot tying and you are ready to sew up the cords to the opposite side of the elastic ponytail holder.

Take the cord ends and loop them through the ponytail holder.

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Fit the ends tight around the elastic (on the backside). Hold firmly in place and begin to stitch the ends down. Continue until you have stitched all six cords around the elastic. Trim in the back. Melt cords ends lightly to keep from fraying. Don’t burn or scorch.

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All done!! Now you can wear your headband. Congrats.

Note: This headband measures 20″ before adding the elastic holder. Adjust cord lengths to fit the size you wish to make.


Variation: If you don’t have an elastic ponytail holder, you can use a length of cord instead. Make a circle and half hitch to the circled cord. Do the same for the ending. Close the two sides by tying together. Like I did the burgundy one. (See photos)


Go here if you need help tying half knots.

http://knotworkjewelry.wordpress.com/2009/02/10/half-knot/

Tuesday’s Tutorial: Hootie Macrame Belt

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Today’s tutorial is another macrame belt.  I named this belt Hootie.  It reminds me of an owl’s face.  I have been making lots of belts lately and really like this design. Even though it features the dreaded DDHH.

DDHH=Diagonal Double Half Hitch.

I don’t know why I am not fond of this knot. It is easy to make. It is not hard on my hands. I think it could be because I like to go for perfection. And with this knot, I don’t always get it right the first time. I stare at each one for a few seconds.  And then redo about every fifth one.  So… that could be why I don’t work with them much.

But, that said, I am going to show you how to make them anyway. Maybe you will like them. If you plan to go into micro-macrame jewelry you will need to know DHH. A lot of the patterns use them.

Let’s get started.

You will need.

  • 32 yards of 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord
  • 5-8 beads (depending on # of DDHH sections)  measuring 3/8″ up to 1/2″
  • 8 additional small beads for the tail cords (optional)
  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • T-pins
  • scissors
  • yard stick, tape measure or ruler

Directions to make Hootie Macrame Belt.

Step 1. Cut eight 4 yard cords.

Step 2.
Find the center of each cord and pin the centers side by side vertically on the macrame board. You will work bottom half of the belt first. Number cords 1-8.

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Step 3.

  • Row 1:  Tie one Square Knot with cords 3-6.
  • Row 2:  Tie 2 Square Knots (SK) with cords 1-4 and 5-8.
  • Rows 3-10:  Repeat Rows 1 & 2 four times.
  • Row 11:  Tie one SK with cords 3-6.

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Step 4.
You will tie Diagonal Double Half Hitch knots (DDHH) in this step. Using a T-pin, pin Cord 1 diagonally to board.

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Cord 1 will be the right diagonal anchor cord and you will double half hitch cords 2 through 4 onto it. Begin with Cord 2. Refer to photo for assistance, as needed.

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Now, do the same on the right side, using Cord 8 as the left diagonal anchor cord. Double half hitch cords 5 through 7 onto it. Begin with Cord 7 and work down.

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Step 5.
Next, you will shape the “face” of the owl. With Cords 1-3 (only one filler cord), tie a sennet of 4 SK’s. One after the other in a vertical row. Repeat for Cords 6-8.

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Add one bead (no larger than 1/2″) to Cords 4-5. See photo. (Renumber cords in your head. No need to remark them.)

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Step 6.
In this step, you will tie more DDHH’s but using different anchor holding cords. Pin Cord 4 diagonally left to board. Double half hitch cords 1-3 onto it. Begin with Cord 3.

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Now, do the same on the right side, using Cord 5 as the right diagonal anchor cord. Pin Cord 5 diagonally right to board. Double half hitch Cords 6-8 onto it. Begin with Cord 6 and work down.

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Step 7.
Repeat Steps 3 through 6 until you reach the length desired OR until you are about 14″ from the shortest cord. Last row should have only ONE SQUARE KNOT.

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Step 8.
Tie one large SK using Cords 1-2 on the left as tying cords, 3 through 6 as fillers, and 7-8 as right tying cords. Repeat twice more for a total of 3 large SK’s.

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Step 9.
The Tail. Determine how long you wish the tail to be. You should have about 12″ to work with. Cut the ends even or stagger.

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Add one small bead to every other cord. Tie an overhand knot at the tip of each 8 cords. Trim close to the knot. Melt cords to keep from fraying. Touch cord lightly with match or lighter. Do not burn or scorch.

Step 10.
You are finished with the bottom half of the belt and now ready to work the top half. Unpin belt from board. Reverse directions.

When you first started this belt, you tied one SK with Cords 3-6. Locate this knot and BEGIN WITH STEP 4.

Next work Step 5 and Step 6.
Now go to Step 7.

Make the same number of sections to match the upper half OR until you are about 14″ from the shortest cord. Last row should have only ONE SQUARE KNOT.

Repeat Steps 8 and 9.

Done!!  Congrats. You can now wear your belt.

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Notes: Variations of this belt are endless. You can tie fewer SK rows in between the Hootie faces.

You can add as many Hootie faces as you wish.

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You can add a belt buckle instead of tying in the front.

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Add more beads, less beads. Or you can go completely without beads. Be creative and make this pattern your own.


Measurements and Cord Length:

  • Lavender belt measures 30″ from Large SK to Large SK. Total length (including tail) end-to-end is 60″.
  • Burgundy belt measures 36″ from Large SK to Large SK. Total length end-to-end is 62″.
  • Turquoise belt measures 40″.

Cutting 4 yard cords works for all of these. Or you can experiment with shorter cord lengths, as desired.

Tuesday’s Tutorial: Bronze Macrame Belt

Today’s tutorial will be a macrame belt. Bronze Ringer.

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Supplies/Tools Needed:

  • 3 1/2 mm braided macrame cord (51-61 yards*)
  • one 2 1/4″ welded ring (treated not raw metal)
  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • T-pins
  • tape measure, ruler or yardstick
  • scissors

Directions to make belt.

Step 1.  Cut twelve 5 yard cords and one 1 yard cord.

Step 2.  Using the one yard cord, cover 2 1/4″ ring with continuous half hitches. Trim the excess cord when finished.

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Step 3.  Find the centers of six 5 yard cords and mount to one side of the covered ring using Reverse Lark’s Head knots.  (Set the other six 5 yards cords aside for later.)

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Step 4.  Number cords 1-12.

Row 1. Tie Square Knots (SK) with cords 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12.  (Unless noted otherwise, you will always tie a square knot with 2 filler cords. )  Tie the knots close to the ring.

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Row 2. Tie SK’s with cords 3-6 and 7-10.

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Row 3. Tie a SK Sinnet of 3 SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12. A sinnet is a vertical row of knots, one tied right under the next.

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Row 4. Tie SK’s with cords 3-6 and 7-10.
Row 5. Tie SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12.
Row 6. Tie SK’s with cords 3-6 and 7-10.

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Repeat Rows 3 through 6 seven times.

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Step 5. To finish off this side of the belt…

Tie a SK Sinnet of 3 SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12.
Tie 3 large square knots using the two outer end cords on both sides as tying cords and the 8 cords in the middle as filler cords.

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Step 6. The Tail. Determine how long you wish the tail to be and trim cords to that length. Tie an overhand knot at the end of each cord. Cut cord close to the overhand knot. Using a match or lighter, melt cord lightly to keep from fraying. Don’t hold fire too long to the cord. You don’t want to burn it.

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Step 7. Repeat Steps 3 through 6 for the opposite side of the belt.

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Congratulations!! You are done and ready to wear your belt. You can insert whatever you wish inside the ring opening, such as the wooden flower, as I did. Or leave the opening plain. This belt is pretty tied to the side or tied with the ring in the front.

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* Note: Length of cord to use depends on your waist size and how long you want belt to be. This belt in the tutorial measures 41″ at the point it ties around the waist. The tails measures 17″. So cut shorter cords if you want a smaller belt and eliminate a few of the “repeat” sections in Step 4.

Macrame Belt with Square Buckle: Autumn Tweed

OK, a few of you asked how to macrame a “regular” belt with a square buckle. A belt that can go through belt loops.

Well, here it is.

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Supplies/Tools Needed:

  • 30 yards of 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord *
  • one square belt buckle with 1″ bar for mounting cords
  • craft glue
  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • T-pins
  • scissors
  • yardstick, ruler, tape measure

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Instructions to make Autumn Tweed Macrame Belt

Step 1.  Cut two cords 7 yards long and two cords 8 yards long. Cords will be mounted onto the 1″ bar end of the belt buckle in this order.

  • 7 yd cord (4 1/2 yds of it on the left and 2 1/2 yds of it on the right)
  • 8 yd cord (3 1/2 yds of it on the left and 4 1/2 yds of it on the right)
  • 8 yd cord (4 1/2 yds of it on the left and 3 1/2 yds of it on the right)
  • 7 yd cord (2 1/2 yds of it on the left and 4 1/2 yds of it on the left)

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Step 2. Number cords 1-8.

Row 1. Tie Square Knots (SK) with cords 1-4 and 5-8.
Row 2. Tie one SK with cords 3-6.
Row 3. Tie SK’s with cords 1-4 and 5-8.

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Repeat. Row 2. Row 3. Row 2. Row 3. Row 2. Row 3. Row 2. Last row should have ONE Square Knot. This is how your belt should look at this point.

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Step 3.
Tie 2 SK’s with cords 1-4. One right under the other. Tie 2 SK’s with cords 5-8. One right under the other. Tie one SK with cords 3-6. See photo for help if needed. This step is creating “holes” along the belt’s length.

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Step 4. Keep repeating Step 3 until you reach the desired waist length or until you reach 10″ from the SHORTEST cords.

Your last row before beginning the next step should have ONE SK.

Step 5. This step finishes off the end of the belt. You will be tying Diagonal Double Half Hitch knots (DDHH) onto a diagonal anchor cord.

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Cord 1 is the right diagonal anchor cord for this step. Pin cord 1 to the board diagonally using a T-pin. Double Half Hitch cords 2-4 onto it. Start with cord 2. See photos for help. 1st photo is showing one half hitch. 2nd photo is showing a double half hitch.

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This is how cords 2-4 now look.

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Step 6. Now you are going to repeat this on the right side using Cord 8 as the left diagonal anchor cord. Pin cord 8 to the board diagonally using a T-pin. Double Half Hitch cords 7-5 onto it. Start with cord 7 and work down to cord 5.

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This is how belt looks after completing one row of diagonal double half hitches on both left and right.

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Step 7. Ready for DDHH Row 2? OK, repeat Step 6. Do exactly what you did. Everything. You can renumber the cords or just visually number them in your head. 4 cords on the right and 4 cords on the left. 1-4 and 5-8.

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2 Diagonal Double Half Hitched rows.

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Step 8. Now you are ready for the 3rd row of DDHH’s. The last one. Yay!! Again, repeat Step 6.

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3 Diagonal Double Half Hitched rows completed.

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Step 9. One last thing to do. Make sure the last knots are tight. Cut the ends close but not too close. Save enough on the tip to melt and press down. Using matches, touch the cord for a nanosecond taking care not to burn or scorch the cord. Press down for a smooth edge.

I reinforced this area with sewing thread to make sure the knots on the tip will not work themselves undone when wearing. Make tiny stitches so they are not visible.

Add a bit of craft glue to the last row of knots on the tip, on the back side of the belt. Allow to dry.

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All done!! Congratulations!! You are ready to wear your belt. Put it on. Use one of the “holes” created in Step 3 to strap it on. You can move it to any hole. Wear it tight, loose or however you wish. Enjoy!!

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* Note: Yardage to use depends on what size you want. Adjust belt size by adding or subtracting yardage. Experiment.

It is always best to cut longer cords and not run short and have to start over. You can always use leftover cord for other projects.

This belt in the tutorial measures 37″ at the point where belt prong thingy inserts into the hole.


Need some HELP with tying knots?

In case you have forgotten how to tie a Square Knot (SK) or are new to macrame, here’s a picture of me beginning to tie one.

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Also you can go here for help. Don’t be afraid. Try it. It’s easy!!

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/how-to-tie-a-macrame-square-knot/

http://macrame_1.tripod.com/knots/ddhh.html

Christmas in July, Macrame Candle

How To Macrame a Candle

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Supplies Needed to Make One Candle:

  • 2″ welded ring
  • 4″ welded ring
  • 28 yards red 6mm cord
  • 14 yards green 6mm cord
  • 8″ piece of yellow cord (for flame)
  • craft glue

Tools Needed:

  • T-pins
  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • scissors
  • tape measure/ruler/yard stick

CUTTING THE CORD

Cut one 8″ yellow cord (millimeter not critical, just need a small piece long enough to wrap around the red cords to form the flame).

Cut 6 red cords 3 1/2 yards long.

Cut 6 red cords 42″ long.

Cut 12 green cords 42″ long.

DIRECTIONS

Step 1. Find centers of 6 red 3 1/2 yard cords. Pin to macrame board. Lay 8″ yellow cord piece under red cords and tie a knot around them. This is the flame and will be worked in the final step. (1st picture showing 2 yellow cords. You only need one.)

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Step 2. Divide cords into 4 groups of 3 red cords and tie 7″ of crown knots (some people call this a lanyard knot).

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Step 3. Double half hitch all 12 cords onto a 2″ ring spacing the 4 groups of 3 cords evenly apart. (1st photo showing a single half hitch. 2nd photo showing a double half hitch.)

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Step 4. Fold 6 green cords in half and mount 2 cords between mounted group of 4 red cords with a reverse lark’s head knot.

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Step 5. Tie one Square Knot Button (SKB) with each group of 4 red cords only. A square knot button is created by tying 6 square knots (SK) in a sennet. One after the other. Go here if you need help.

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/how-to-tie-a-macrame-square-knot-button/

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Tie one square knot under the button to secure it.

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Here’s how the 3 red square knot buttons look after tied.

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Step 6. Double half hitch all red and green cords onto a 4″ ring.

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Step 7. Working with each group of 4 red cords attached onto the 4″ ring, fold 2 green cords in half and mount between red cords 2 and 3 with a larks head knot. Repeat this with the remaining groups of red cord.

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Step 8. Fold 2 red 42″ cords in half and mount one to each side of a red cord group with a reverse larks head knot.

Tie 1 square knot button (making 6 square knots) with each red group and each green group.

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Step 9. When finished tying all square knot buttons, turn candle bottom up. Tie a row of Alternating Square Knots on the underside to secure the knots. (See photo for help, if needed)

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Apply glue to bottom row of knots, allow to dry. Trim off excess cord.

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Melt cord ends with matches or cigarette lighter to keep from fraying. Touch cord lightly. Don’t burn or scorch.

Step 10. Brush out yellow cord at the top to form a flame. Trim.

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You are done. Enjoy!!

Candle measures 6 1/2″ diameter and 10 1/2″ height.

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P.S. Not sure why my pictures look fuzzy. They were OK until I uploaded them.

How To Macrame a Lid Cover

After making a pretty macrame container, you may wish to cover it with a matching lid. I will show you how to make a simple one. It is fast to make and only has 11 rows of Square Knots.

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Supplies/Tools Needed:

  • 12 yards macrame cord (I used 6mm braided)
  • One 5″ welded metal ring (preferably treated metal not raw)
  • Tape measure/ruler/yardstick
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • T-pins
  • Macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • Accessories such as buttons or beads, as desired

STEPS TO MAKE 5″ ROUND MACRAME LID

Step 1. Measure and cut 6 cords 46″ long. Cut 2 cords 50″ long. The longer cords will be on the sides.

Step 2. Take one of the 50″ cords, measure down 28″ and attach to board with the LONGER side of the cord on the left. Find the center of the six shorter cords and attach with T-pins to macrame board. Take the 2nd 50″ cord, measure down 28″ and attach to board with the LONGER side of the cord on the right.

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You should have pinned to the macrame board 8 cords in the following order: 50″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 50″

Step 3. Mount cords to the TOP of 5″ ring using Reverse Lark’s Head knots (RLH) and one Half Hitch (HH). Per cord.

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When all cords have been mounted to the ring, they should look like this.
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Back
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Step 4. Number cords from 1-16.

Step 5. Begin tying a row of Square Knots (SK).
Row 1: 4 SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16
Row 2: 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14

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Step 6: Wrap cord #1 around the ring on the LEFT side of the ring with a DOUBLE HALF HITCH. (Photo is showing once. Do this twice.) Repeat for cord #16, on the RIGHT side of the ring, when you get to it, but BEFORE you tie that knot.

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Row 3: 4 SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16
Row 4: 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14

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Step 7.
Rows 5-9: Continue repeating Step 6 until you reach Row 9 which has 4 SK’s. (Picture is showing up to Row 7)

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Step 8. Almost done. Two more rows to tie.
Row 10: Tie 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14
Row 11: Tie 2 SK’s with cords 5-8 and 9-12

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Step 9. Take all cords and push behind the ring. You will now begin to Double Half Hitch (DHH) all cords to the bottom of the ring.

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This is how the back looks after all cords have been double half hitched to bottom of the ring.

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Here is front view.

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Step 10. Pull cords tight against the ring. Apply craft glue to the DHH’d cords. Allow to dry overnight. Cut cords close to the ring. Burn cords ends with matches or cigarette lighter to melt cords end to keep from fraying. Don’t burn. Touch cord lightly.

Congratulations!! You have just created a macrame lid.

Finishing Touches. You can add a backing if desired as I have done using felt. Cut a circle to fit almost to the end of the lid. Hand sew to attach. If you are adding beads or buttons, do so before sewing on the felt backing.

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Different Size Lids. You can make a lid in any size. Adjust amount of cord needed to accommodate ring size. And remember to allow a bit longer for the side tying cords.

Enjoy!!


If you need help making knots, go here.

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/macrame-knots/

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/how-to-tie-a-macrame-square-knot/

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/how-to-macrame-a-belt/


Here are a few of my macrame projects I made lids for.
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How To Tie A Macrame Square Knot Button

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Isn’t this macrame purse really pretty.* Though the pattern is decades old, it still works today. Maybe with a different handle. Just wanted to show you what a row of Square Knot Buttons looks like.

Follow along with my tutorial and you can make your own Square Knot Buttons.


How To Tie A Macrame Square Knot Button

Step 1: Find the centers of 2 cords and reverse larks head onto a ring.

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Step 2: Tie Square Knots (I have tied 6) to begin your SK Button. Drop down about 1/4 inch to create an opening for filler cords (the 2 middle cords) to go through.

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Step 3: Continue tying square knots. (I tied 6)

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Step 4: Take the 2 filler cords (the 2 middle cords) and push through the opening created in Step 2. One cord per hole. Front to back.

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Pull middle cords down firmly, tight against the back. A circle of square knots is formed.

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Here’s the front view.
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Step 5: Tie one square knot with the outer tying cords UNDER the circle of knots to hold button in place.

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Congratulations!! You have just created a Square Knot Button.

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The number of square knots needed to create a button is optional. Use whatever you wish to create the size button you want. I usually use 5 or 6.

If you are creating your own pattern or design, throw in a few of these for variety. Also SK buttons are a quick way to use up longer lengths of cord if for some reason you measured incorrectly and cut cords too long.


Here are photos of a plant hanger with SK Buttons.

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* Picture of Womanly Treasure and Girlish Pleasure found in Macra-Mates, Mother-Daughter Purses. #7411 Plaid Enterprises 1980.