I know, I know, I have started a few hobbies during this quarantine, but all of them are actually just revolving around the crafts. I don’t think I’m an “artsy” person at all, but I grew up sewing and around a sewing machine all my childhood because my grandmother was a dressmaker. I was so angry at my mother when she donated my grandmother’s Singer sewing machine to my brother’s school. So I think, making something has always been innate for me. If I know I can, I’d make it instead of buying it. I also watch a lot of DIY channels, I have been watching The Sorry Girls for years and recently, I have been so addicted to watching Lone Fox‘s videos and a little bit of Living to DIY with Rachel Metz. It’s easy to get inspired to start DIY-ing something because they make it seem so easy.
Now, what is macrame? According to Wikipedia, “macramé is a form of textile produced using knotting (rather than weaving or knitting) techniques.” The only stuff you need really is your rope of choice, a ring or dowel, and your hands. If you have been a scout before, then you definitely know about square knot, which is one of the basic knots when you do macrame. You can make an entire macrame wall decor with just that knot (and the basic lark’s head knot for attaching the ropes to your dowel or ring).
This all started because I wanted to make plant hangers, which I talked about in my previous quarantine diaries. I just bought some random rope I saw at the mall, but it’s too short to actually make something. I would need so many bundles of that cord to make something bigger out of it. I tried incorporating square knot into one of the plant hangers I was making and that was just too short. So I decided to look for a crafts store online where I can buy some basic stuff to start making my own macrames.
I found a few pieces from different stores, but finally decided to go with this store on Shopee called Joy’s Yarns. I just bought a few pieces like wooden sticks, dowels, rings, beads, and a bundle of cotton cord (2 mm, 400 grams). I have since made a second order – new batch or cords – thicker this time at 3.55 mm and a few more dowels.
I guess I want to show the few projects I have done so far. Peep my first plant hanger here, very simple, no design and just a few simple knots. By the way, if you would like to learn some basic knots, this is what I watched and I think it’s very helpful!
My first project was this wall decor. Since it is my first project, I wanted to do something using just one knot, which is square knot, and then I added a spiral knot for the tail, and some wooden beads. There’s really no rhyme and reason there, I kind of like uneven finishes. I think I did good considering this is my first project!
This is the Youtube tutorial I followed by Soulful Notions. I lover he tutorials because they include measurements, which helps tremendously if you’re a beginner. And yes, I changed how she finished it. I don’t know, I’m not into just leaving the strings because they fray. I said I will start taping the ends but you have over 20 strings you need to do and after cutting all the string and measuring, I really just want to start knotting. LOL. I only did this in one project because I’m lazy.
My second project is a combination of two patterns I saw on Youtube. I wasn’t too happy about this project because I made a mistake, that’s why there’s a hole in the middle. Also, the cross in the middle of the left diamond is not visible, because I didn’t make my square knots tighter. I actually like the right diamond more, but you can see I screwed up the double half hitch a little bit. It was my first time trying that know and I don’t know why I keep forgetting how to do it. LOL. I ended up doing a spiral knot again to finish it off and I kept them uneven as usual.
I was inspired by two Youtube tutorials by Soulful Nation (again) and Macrame School. I doubled the measurements from Soulful Nation’s video and did the second tutorial for the right side of the macrame.
I did a mini project using jute. I just wanted to try. It’s really too thin to really make out anything. It’s not that great for square knots, but looks really good for double half hitch knots. I don’t really like it so this will probably be the first and last time. I’ll stick with cotton cords.
I took inspiration from this video. And I also used some of the patterns for my next project because I liked it so much.
I really like my third project! I was patient enough to tape my edges so they don’t fray. I also got better with my double half hitch. I was very careful with this one and I guess my only mistake was using 22 strands. This was my last project using my first order of rope so I just used whatever what was left and it turned out to be 22 strands. I should have stopped at 20. LOL. I always had two extra strands whenever I made my patterns.
I wanted to make a coaster for my next project, but something easy and quick. I was going to follow the tutorial for ones using double half hitch, but it’s so confusing! I saw this one using square knots so I did this instead.
This was the inspiration by Made in May, but obviously, I don’t have colored cords. I also don’t have that huge needless to help me tuck the ends. So I just finished it off with two square knots and frayed the ends. I have since cut off those frayed ends. It takes so much space on my small desk.
And the last project I’ve made so far is this letter holder but I am using it as a notebook holder. I didn’t do any designs on top of the pocket because I have limited space for where I wanted to put this so I can’t make it too long. Surprisingly, this is very easy to follow! You just really need to cut a lot cords because you have to double your original count for the pocket. I also didn’t follow the measurements because I felt it would be too long. I just eyeballed it and cut them by 150 cm because I figured it would be more than triple the size of the item I was planning to put in there. (I heard from another video that that could be one way to measure your cords.) I’m really happy with this because it’s the perfect size! I have not cut the excess cords at the bottom. I might do a pattern using the front cords because they’re still too long. I didn’t adjust the measurement even if I knew that I would need shorter ones for those.
These are the tutorials I followed by Made in May (again!) and Him Macrame. I figured the first one was a much easier tutorial to follow when you’re making the pocket, and I preferred the second tutorial’s way of ending the project because I only used square knots for this so I also wanted to close the pocket using square knots. Since there are extra cords in this, you’ll find that there will be 4 strands at the back (depending on how you started grouping your cords) so I just split that into two and combined them with one of the groups.
And this how this area on my wall looks like now. I wanted to see less of the wall a little bit by adding macrame wall decors in between. Obviously, I can’t get rid of that ugly green wall so this is my way of trying to make it pretty, even just for a bit, while displaying my macrame projects. I’m just using the same hooks that I already use on this rod, because the idea is to “fill in” the visible spaces in between.
And my desk where the coaster and notebook holder are.
I think this will be the last of my macrame projects for now, it was definitely a fun few weeks. I have made stuff that I needed for my wall and desk and I don’t know what else to do. Even if I do more, I don’t know where to put them. I want to make a curtain for my small window, but I’m still trying to figure how I can make it into a “blackout” one. I’m thinking canvas cloth behind the cords, but I’m still figuring that out. So stay tuned! But for now, my hands are going to take a break from knotting.
Until next time,