Tuesday’s Tutorial: Stocking Stuffer For The Bookworm

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Today’s tutorial is a Macrame Bookmark perfect for a student or someone who loves to read or write. It has a Winter theme with snowflakes and Snowmen and would make a great Christmas stocking stuffer.


Supplies/Tools Needed to Make Bookmark

  • 6 yards of 2mm braided macrame cord
  • 4 medium sized buttons with 2 holes
  • 2 silver snowflakes
  • scissors
  • ruler/tape measure/yardstick
  • large hole metal tapestry needle

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Directions to Make Macrame Bookmark

Step 1.

Cut 1 cord 1 1/2 yards long. (Filler cord)
Cut 1 cord 4 1/2 yards long. (Tying cord)

Step 2 – Adding Buttons and Snowflake.

Find the center of the 1 1/2 yard cord.

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String one end of cord through the 1st button, silver snowflake and 2nd button. Center so cord ends measure evenly. (See photo)

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Pull cords tight so buttons fit tight against silver snowflake like a sandwich.

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Step 3 – Adding Tying Cord.

Find center of 4 1/2 yard cord and position it UNDER the filler cords. Tie one Square Knot (SK) with the tying cords, the longer cords. Slide knot up close to the buttons.

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Step 4 – Tying the top Square Knot Button.

Drop down 1/4″ and tie a Square Knot Button consisting of 7 square knots. In a row. This is called a Sinnet. SK Button will hold a pen or pencil.

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Take filler cords (the middle cords) and go up and through the holes created. Front to back. Pull down to form a Square Knot Button.

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Tie one SK under the SK Button to secure it.

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Step 5 – Tying Square Knot Sinnet.

Tie 12″ of square knots. In a row. One after the other.

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Step 6 – Tying the Bottom Square Knot Button.

Drop down 1/4″ and tie a Square Knot Button consisting of 7 square knots. Same as you did in Step 4.

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Tie TWO square knots under the SK Button.

That completes the knot tying and now you will bury all cords except ONE FILLER CORD. That cord will be used to string the last buttons and silver snowflake. Using the large hole metal needle, bury one cord at a time, from the back, going up through the knotwork. (See photo)

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Step 7 – Adding Bottom Buttons and Snowflake.

String cord through buttons and silver snowflake per the photo. Pull cords tight so buttons fit tight against the silver snowflake like a sandwich.

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Step 8.

To finish off cord end: Tie around base of the cord or hand sew together. Trim cord end.

All done. Finished and ready to enjoy for yourself or to give as a gift.

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Bookmark measures 14″.

Variations: Make longer or shorter by adjusting cord lengths. Use whatever buttons or decorations preferred. Omit bottom square knot button if wish.

Pretty In Pink….. and Macrame Corn

Just finished these.

Pretty in Pink… and purple and olive green. Each headband is different. The middle macrame cord color is coordinated with the elastic band color.

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And need to finish these.

Macrame Corn made from Crown Knots. The pattern calls for leaves at the top. Just have been unmotivated to finish them.

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Orange & Black: These Must Be School Colors Somewhere.

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I got the Halloween bug late but wanted to finish up making stuff with my orange 2mm macrame cord. I am thinking a school SOMEWHERE out there uses orange and black for their school colors. Maybe they will see these. 😀

Macrame headband with matching bracelet and earrings.


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This picture showing me working on the headband.


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And here’s my “model” wearing it.

Tuesday’s Tutorial: New Brown Plant Hanger

Time To Bring The Plants In.

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Don’t know about you. But in my area, survival of ANY plant meant it needed to come inside. WEEKS ago!!

Here’s a little something perfect for them to hang in.


Supplies/Tools Needed to Make Brown Plant Hanger

  • 65 yards macrame cord (5-6mm braided or twisted, your choice)
  • Two 4″ welded metal rings (preferably treated, not raw metal)
  • One 2″ welded metal ring (preferable treated, not raw metal)
  • 8 medium size beads (large hole opening)
  • 8 large beads (large hole opening)
  • “S” hook or something to extend plant hanger from
  • yardstick/ruler/measuring tape
  • scissors

Directions to Make Brown Plant Hanger

Step 1.

Cut 16 cords 4 yards long.  Cut one cord 1 yard long (for top wrap knot).

Step 2.

Find centers of all 4 yard cords and loop them through the 2″ welded ring.  Hold them tight in your hand and using the 1 yard cord, tie a 1″ Wrap Knot.

Step 3.

Divide cords into 8 groups of 4 cords each. Begin tying Square Knots (SK) with one group. Tie a Sinnet of 6 SK’s. Continue with the rest of the groupings.

Step 4.

Half Hitch (HH) all cords to one of the 4″ welded rings.

Step 5 – Adding Medium Size Beads.

Tie a 2 SK Sinnet with each cord grouping. (Stay with the same cord groupings as created in Step 3.)  Add one medium size bead to all 4 cords in that group. Tie ANOTHER 2 SK Sinnet with the SAME group you just added the bead to. Continue with this process for the rest of the groupings.

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Step 6 – Tying Half Knot Sinnet.

Drop down 1 3/4″ and tie a Half Knot (HK) Sinnet of 18 HK’s with one group of 4 cords.  (Stay with the same cord groupings as created in Step 3.)  Your cord will start to twist. That’s OK. It is supposed to do that. Continue with the rest of the groupings.

Step 7 – Adding Large Beads.

Add one large bead to all 4 cords in each group. IMPORTANT: Switch tying cords. Your longer middle filler cords will now become the outside tying cords.  This saves on macrame cord. Otherwise you would have to cut longer cords.

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Step 8.

Tie a Half Knot (HK) Sinnet of 18 HK’s with each group.  (Stay with the same cord groupings as created in Step 3.)

Step 9 – Forming the Cradle.

Drop down 4″. Tie ONE ROW of Alternating Square Knots (ASK).

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This just means you will tie knots with 2 cords from one grouping and 2 cords from the next grouping. (Not all cords from the same group.) Go all around the entire plant hanger. You should have 8 knots.

Drop down 3″. Tie one row of ASK’s but with 2 SK Sinnet. Continue around. You should end up with 8 groups of 2 knots each.

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Step 10 – Finishing.

Drop down 2″. Half Hitch (HH) all cords to the last 4″ welded ring.

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Trim cord ends as desired. Cut evenly across or stagger ends, your choice.  Tie an Overhand Knot in each cord end OR melt the tips to prevent from unraveling. Touch cord lightly to melt. Do not burn or scorch the cord.

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All done!! Congrats. Plant hanger measures 40″.

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I am assuming you already have some knowledge of how to tie knots.

You need to know how to tie the following basic knots:

  • Step 2.  Wrap Knot
  • Step 3.  Square Knot and SK Sinnet
  • Step 4.  Half Hitch
  • Step 6.  Half Knot and HK Sinnet
  • Step 9.  Alternating Square Knot

Making a Halloween Necklace

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Usually Halloween comes and goes without much fanfare around my house. I do love the combo black and orange colors though but prefer to look rather than make. “Usually.”

This year I decided to make a necklace. Nothing fancy. Something fast and simple. I probably won’t wear it. Will either give it away or just save it to drag out each Oct 31st.

Mostly I used supplies on hand but did go out and buy the Halloween charms a few days ago from Michaels. The other supplies came from King Kountry (macrame cord), Munro Crafts (earring hoops & glue), Michaels (large jump rings & black plastic beads) and Fire Mountain Gems & Beads (small jump rings).

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I first opened the earring hoops and hooked nine of them together. Then applied glue to each hoop to keep them from pulling open. I decided to use these hoops since they are lightweight.

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Next, I started tying square knots using the hoop as filler and just tying knots around it. I made 5 black circles and 4 orange ones. Black on each end.

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After finishing all the circles, I added a strap made with square knots to the black end circles. The closure is a square knot button in the back. Cord slides through the SK button and ties in a bow.

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I doubled all the Halloween charms and dangled them from jump rings. Added the black plastic beads as an accent.

Necklace can be worn two ways. Charms on one side are different from the charms on the back.

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It was easy. Go ahead and make one for yourself.

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I decided to list this necklace in my Etsy Shop.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33057774

Well Worth The Wait…. From Circles To Art.

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Sometimes it takes me awhile to come up with an idea. A day. Weeks. Even Months. But this time it was over a year.

I bought these Nylon Loops at Fire Mountain Gems & Beads. Not because I wanted them. Not because I needed them. But because I needed extra items to reach a higher discount level. Yep.. Haven’t you ever done that? Thankfully, I don’t do it often. Or my craft supplies would take over.

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These little circles don’t take up much space. Which is why I totally forgot about them. As you can see I have lots of colors.

Ideas started whirling around once I opened the package.

This is what I ended up making. Using gold plated findings.

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I’m using silver for the tutorial set I am working on. Maybe brass or copper findings for the next ones. And I am thinking maybe 8 circles for the necklace instead of just six. Have to experiment. Will go with what looks balanced.

BBL with a tutorial so you can make your own necklace and earrings set.

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Go here to purchase Nylon Loops.

http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H206410FY

3 Years In The Closet Unworn…

Oh, my poor business suits. Neglected. Just hanging on hangers. In a dark closet. It’s been almost three years (in November) since I freed myself of the 9 to 5 world. 

Some of the jackets, I had planned on removing the shoulder pads. Only to see news of shoulder pads coming back.  Sigh… 😦

The other day I needed a prop to show off my new macrame belts which double as a necklace.

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So… this brown suit should be happy to finally get some attention.


Worn as a Belt.

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Worn as a Necklace.

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This was one of my favorite suits. It has a straight skirt plus tailored pants with cuffs. I wore the heck out of it. I probably wore it at least 2 or 3 times a month. Always with different shells, blouses, sweaters, shoes and scarves. It has shiny spots from frequent cleaning but the fabric is still holding up. Many years of wearing left.

But for now… it is back to hanging in the dark closet. 🙂

Tuesday’s Tutorial: Zig-Zag Headband

Yes, I know, today is Thursday. 😀

My Tuesday was spent in the doctor’s office (twice) and then the rest of the day, I was fighting with the sun (lack there of) trying to take over 200 pictures of my completed headbands. I slept most of Wednesday since I was dead tired.

Finally, several hours ago, I got a spurt of energy to get started on this tutorial. Better late than never, don’t ya think.

And anyway, this is an easy one. REALLY. Even easier than last week’s. I guess I lied about that one being the easiest. THIS ONE IS!!

Today’s headband has a Zig Zag pattern created by alternating between Square Knots (SK) tied with the “knob” on the left side and then the right. It only works when you use two different colors of macrame cord. You only need a small amount of cord. You could probably use scrap, left-overs, if you have any.

So, go gather your supplies and let’s get started.


Supplies/Tools Needed

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  • 6 yards black 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord
  • 5 yards red 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord
  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • T-pins
  • scissors
  • ruler/tape measure/yardstick
  • large hole steel embroidery needle

Directions to Make One Zig-Zag Macrame Headband

Step 1.

  • Cut one BLACK 4 1/4 yard cord.
  • Cut one BLACK 1 1/2 yard cord.
  • Cut one RED 4 1/4 yard cord.

Step 2.

Pin the cords to macrame board in the following order.

  1. Pick up the black 4 1/4 yard, measure down 32″, pin it to the board. Longest end on the left side.
  2. Pick up the 1 1/2 yard black cord, measure down 15″, pin it next to the black cord already on the board. Straight up. Tie an overhand knot on each cord end.
  3. Pick up the red 4 1/4 yard cord, measure down 32″, pin it next to the “straight up” black cord. Longest end on the right side.

You should have cords lined up as black, black and red. See photo for assistance.

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Step 3.

Using 3 cords as fillers and one left tying cord and one right tying cord, tie one Square Knot (SK) with the KNOB on the left.

Red under, black over, black over, red under.

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Step 4.

Using 3 cords as fillers and one left tying cord and one right tying cord, tie one SK with the KNOB on the RIGHT.

Black under, red over, red over, black under

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Step 5.

Continue tying square knots, alternating between a left knobbed SK and a right knobbed SK until you reach 20-22″ or your desired length.

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Step 6 – Burying Cord Ends.

You will bury all cord ends EXCEPT for the one black cord with the overhand knot tied on the end. The filler cord.

Using the embroidery needle, start weaving your way up the knotwork. One knot at a time, to bury the cord ends. See photos.

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You will bury 4 cords. I do 2 on the front side and 2 on the back side.

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Trim buried cord ends.

Step 7.

Now determine the length you wish the back closure ties to be. Cut, tie overhand knots on the ends. Tie a bow in the back.

Congrats!! All done!! Here’s a picture of completed headband.

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Just kidding!! I was feeling kind of silly. But, ya know, this headband would look cute in a box, given to a special person for Valentine’s Day. In red and white.

Here’s the real one. It measures 21″. Enjoy!!

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