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: 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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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: How To Macrame A Headband

Today’s tutorial will show you how to make a headband with two different closures. Back 1 and Back 2.

I am using 3 1/2 mm braided macrame cord since that is what I prefer to work with for headbands, belts and purses.

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This is the headband I will make today. Like this one but with different color dice. You will have a choice of closing the back with a slide closure (Back 1) or with an elastic ponytail holder (Back 2). I have labeled the photos as such where necessary.

OK. Ready? Pick a back closure and let’s get started.


Supplies/Tools Needed

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  • 15 yards of 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord
  • beads or other adornments
  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • T-pins
  • ruler/tape measure/yardstick
  • scissors
  • large hole steel embroidery needle
  • ponytail elastic (the thicker, stiffer kind) for Back 2

Directions To Make Macrame Headband (2 closures)

Step 1.

Cut 2 cords 4 yards in length.
Cut 2 cords 3 1/2 yards in length.

Step 2.

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

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Row 1. Tie one Square Knot (SK) with these cords.

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  • Back 1: Leave 1/4″ loops at the top of SK. Don’t pull all the way down.
  • Back 2: Pull down tight on the top to eliminate any loops formed.

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Step 3.

Working with the two 3 1/2 yard cords, measure down 44″ on one side and mount one cord to the left of the SK created in Step 2. Long side on the end. Repeat for the second cord but mount it to the right side of the SK on the macrame board. Long side on the end.

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Row 2. Tie a SK with the 4 cords on the right and a SK with the 4 cords on the left. Number cords 1-8.

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For Back 2, place one end of the ponytail holder UNDER Cords 4 & 5. See photo for assistance.

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Step 4 – Rows 3 through 22 .

Continue tying square knots, alternating between one SK and two SK’s. Row 3=1 SK. Row 4=2 SK’s. Etc. Until you have 22 rows of Alternating Square Knots.

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The last row in this step should have TWO square knots.


Step 5.

Add a dice/bead to Cords 4 & 5.

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Tie 3 rows of alternating square knots under the dice/bead.

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Repeat until six (6) dice/beads have been added.

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Step 6.

Continue alternating rows of square knots, beginning with 2 SK’s under the last dice/bead. Next row, 1 SK, Next row, 2 SK’s. Repeat until you have 22 rows of ASK’s for Back 1 and 21 rows of ASK’s for Back 2.


Step 7 – The Back Closure.

This step shows you two different ways to close up the back. Cords 4 & 5 slide to close for Back 1. Cords 4 & 5 loop around the ponytail holder for Back 2.

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Back 1 Closure. Slide Cords 5 & 6 through the loops created at the top in Step 2. Pull on cords to open and close the back.

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Back 2 Closure. Flip your work so you are working on the underside. Tie one square knot with Cords 3-6 to secure ponytail holder. See photo for assistance.

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Step 8 – Burying Tail Cords.

This completes all knot tying. This next step is the hard part. It probably takes just as long as the knot tying. BUT for a finished look, the extra cords need to be BURIED into the knotwork.

You want to be careful to always go up through a knot to “catch” the cord. You don’t want to undo your knotwork and pull the knot out. Refer to photos for assistance. Work each cord upwards of the knotwork. One cord at a time. You can decide how far to go up. The further up, the better secure the back will be.

Flip your work. You will be working on the backside.


Step 9. Back 2 Closure.

All 8 cords need to be buried. I always start with Cord 5 (not sure why, I just do). Pull Cord 5 through opening of large-hole embroidery needle.

Burying Cord 5.

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Burying Cord 4.

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5 cords buried.

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All 8 cords buried.

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Pull up tight to smooth out. Trim cords close to the knots.

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Step 10. Back 1 Closure.

Bury only Cords 1-3 and 6-8. Cords 4 & 5 are used to slide close the back.

Basically you will follow the same steps as for Back 2, just have two fewer cords to bury.

Burying Cord 7.

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Burying Cord 1.

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6 cords buried.

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Pull up tight to smooth out. Trim cords close to the knots.

Tie overhand knots in Cords 4 & 5, trim ends. Slide to open and close.

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ALL DONE!! Enjoy.

Here’s a photo of both headbands. Completed length for both is 20″.

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