Wine Macrame Plant Hanger, My Original Design

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Every once in a while I get an itching to macrame something. I recently received an order for two macrame plant hangers. Once they were finished I decided to make another one. Something different.

No particular idea in mind. I just cut the cord and got going. I like a wrapped hanging ring, it looks nicer, more polished. So, that part was easy. I also like the look of crown knots though they are not high up on my Love to Tie list. OK, that part was done.

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Now what!!??

Rest of the design was determined by which cords were the longest. I switched up, making sure to even out the cord lengths as I tied.

The best part about this plant hanger is its versatility. The many ways to use it. As you can see from my photos.


With glass.

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With a basket filled with greenery sitting on the glass.

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Same as the above BUT with silk greenery stems stuck in the center above it.

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Just the basket and plant.

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A huge plastic container that plants come in from the stores. The cradle holds a nice sized pot.

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Just a basket.

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And what are baskets for? To fill up!!

How about this for a child’s room? Fill it with stuffed animals.

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Thanks for looking at my original creation.


Update: February 19, 2011

To everyone who asked for the pattern, it is now available at Etsy. Thanks for your patience.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/69800943/pattern-for-macrame-plant-hanger

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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

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.

Lots of KNOT Help

Check these sites out for help with tying Macrame Knots.


Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwZXv_9uS6E&feature=related

Illustrations, How-To, Tutorials

http://thingsyourgrandmotherknew.blogspot.com/2009/01/basic-macrame-knots.html

http://www.angelfire.com/ca7/sierratses/knots.html

http://www.elainecraft.com/instructions/instruc.sq.html

http://www.knotgypsydesigns.com/2008/04/macrame-instructions-patterns-and.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Macrame

http://www.ehow.com/how_8925_begin-macrame.html

Animated

http://www.animatedknots.com/indexdecorative.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com

How to Tie a Macrame Crown Knot

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Crown Knot Steps

Figure #1:  Hold all cords upside down. Divide cords into 4 equal groups. Put one group behind thumb. This is group 1. Number other groups 2, 3 and 4, counter clockwise.

Figure #2:  Pick up group 1 and lay over group 2. Drop group 1 as you pick up group 2.

Figure #3:  Lay group 2 over group 3. Drop group 2 and pick up group 3.

Figure #4:  Lay group 3 over group 4. Drop group 3 and pick up group 4. Take group 4 over the top and put down directly through the hole where your thumb is. Remove your thumb and tighten each group separately.

Figure #5:  This is how one finished knot should look.


Here’s how my crown knot looks.

1st Crown Knot

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Multiple Crown Knots

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How to Macrame a Plant Hanger

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FINISHED LENGTH: approx 4 1/2 ft, from top of ring to bottom tail.  Will hold up to a 9″ diameter basket, container or bowl.

MATERIALS USED:

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  • 50 yards gray 6mm braided macrame cord
  • 1 –  2″ welded ring (treated, not raw metal)
  • 4 large hole gray marbella beads
  • 16 smaller gray marbella beads for tail cords

You can find these materials for wallet-friendly prices if you click here!


DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Cut 8 cords 6 yards each and 2 cords 1 yard each.

Step 2: Use a 1 yard cord to completely cover the 2″ welded ring with continuous Larkshead Knots (or half hitches).

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Step 3: Fold the 6 yard cords in half through the covered ring and use a 1 yard cord to tie a 1 1/2″ Wrap Knot over all cords, hiding the ends from Step 2. (I use a push tool to hide the cut cord ends after tying the wrap knot. See photo.)

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Step 4: Divide the cords into 4 groups of 4 cords each and tie 2″ of Crown Knots. Pull each cord tight and smooth. (Tip: Put your work between your knees.) Go here for additional instructions on how to make crown knots. https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/how-to-tie-a-crown-knot/

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Step 5: Using the same groups of 4 cords, complete the following with each group:

  • Tie 9″ of square knots.
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  • Tie 3″ of half knot twists.
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  • Add a large hole bead over ALL cords in each group of 4 cords. Tie 3″ of half knot twists, using the 2 longest cords as tie cords.
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  • Tie 5″ of square knots.

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Step 6: Drop down 4″ and connect all sinnets with a row of alternating square knots.

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Step 7: Drop down 3 1/2″ and tie 2 rows of alternating square knots. Use the 2 longest cords to tie 1 square knot over all cords. (Note: I ended mine with a wrap knot since I had extra cord. If you purchased just 50 yards, you won’t.)

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Step 8: Add one smaller bead to each cord end. Tie an overhand knot in each cord and trim all cords just below the overhand knot.

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Finish off: Burn cord ends slightly to keep cord from fraying. Hold fire to cord a nanosecond to melt cord, not scorch it.

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Enjoy!!


If you would like a longer macrame plant hanger with more detail, go here for the pattern. Thanks!!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/69800943/pattern-for-macrame-plant-hanger

Selecting Macrame Cord

Which macrame cord to use is pretty much up to you and the pattern you are making. You can make the item bigger or smaller but the end result will be different.

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There are lots of different types of macrame cord available.

  • different sizes (millimeters)
  • braided or twisted
  • polyprophylene, nylon, silk, satin
  • jute, string, thread
  • variety of colors

After working with a few of these, you will learn which works best for you. Which cord is easier on your hands. Which cord holds knots better. Which look you like best.

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My favorites are polyprophylene in the following sizes:

  • 2mm braided for jewelry, key chains, coin purses
  • 3 1/2 mm braided for smaller purses, belts
  • 5-6 mm braided for just about everything else

Braided cord tends to hold its shape when making knots over the twisted cord. I don’t have to tape the ends or burn them at the tips to keep the cord from unraveling as I work. Twisted cord does have its uses though, for example, when the project calls for a brushed tail or fluffed section. Twisted is excellent for this.

You can search the net for macrame cord for the best deals. You might find what you want from one of these suppliers.

http://www.kingskountry.com

http://www.macramecords.com

http://www.munrocrafts.com/