Hello there! Minieco feels a bit neglected at the moment :/ However behind the scenes I have been crafting my little heart out.
I’ve been bead-weaving, sewing, dyeing, printing, woodworking, macramé-ing and paper-crafting my way through 30 new projects for my new book (I’m 2/3 of the way through the project list so hope to be posting a lot more in April).
My macramé obsession has reached fever pitch lately. I made a quick hanging vase this morning and thought it would be nice to share it with you.
To make this hanging vase you only need to learn a ‘Josephine knot’ (aka Carrick bend) and a ‘gathering knot’ so it’s a lovely easy project if you are just starting out down the macramé/knot-tying route.
YOU WILL NEED:
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+ 4 lengths of cord measuring at least 1.5 meters (I used super long shoelaces – but you can use paracord instead)
+ About 50cm of cord (I used a contrasting colour)
+ Glass vase….a jam jar works just as well.
+ Elastic band (optional)
+ Some flowers!
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First of all you need to master the Josephine knot. Check out the animated gif below. Once you have done this follow the rest of the instructions below:
1. Find somewhere to work…a wall hook works well, or you can use a door handle! Hang your ring on the hook and thread your cords through the ring at their halfway point. You should have 8 working cords.
2. Now you need to do a gathering knot. Chop your extra piece of cord into two pieces. Take one piece and form a loop as shown
3. Take the right-hand section of cord and wind it tightly round the 8 cords. You should do this about 6 times.
4. Now take your bottom-tail and thread it through the loop at the bottom.
5. Pull on the upper tail.
6. Keep pulling until the loop is tucked inside the cord wrap. You can trim the ends. Depending on your cord you may need to seal the ends with a lighter to stop them from fraying. (Take care with this step and practise on a spare piece of cord first).
7. Leave a gap then tie a Josephine knot using the front four pieces of cord.
8. Turn your curtain ring around and repeat step with the back four pieces of cord.
9. Leave a gap again and tie two more Josephine knots as shown.
10. Pop your vase/jar inside and see how it fits. You may need to alter the position of the Josephine knot depending on the shape of the vessel you use. Put an elastic band around the eight cords so that your vase/jar is well supported. Take the other piece of cord and tie another gathering knot at the bottom.
Good luck! Let me know how you get on.
BTW: I have been dreadful at replying to emails and comments over the last few weeks…I will make a concerted effort to catch up over the next few days ^_^
Hello there! I finally got around to posting after a hectic few weeks. I’ve been working on a big project which is all done and dusted now so I will be making more frequent updates between now and Christmas…phew! I sincerely wish there were more hours in the day!
I’m hoping to post another Halloween craft in the next day or so. Between now and then here is another macramé bracelet.
It’s comprised of a’half knot spiral’ (and is even easier than the square knot bracelet I showed you previously).
A few people left comments about the last bracelet saying it looked like it may take too long to make. Rest assured, once you have sussed the knots, you can knock one up in ten minutes! (They are much quicker to make than friendship bracelets). If you don’t like the nuts/washers/wingnuts then just use beads instead. (Speaking of beads…I have a great giveaway coming up later on in the week so stay tuned).
By the way thanks to all you lovely people who ‘liked’ my facebook page. You made me feel very welcome! I’ll be posting all my favorite crafts from around the web there so check it out.
Full tutorial after the jump!
Two things I absolutely love about this project are:
1) It’s cheap as chips: I already had string in the cupboard and the brass hexnuts were 3p each from the hardware shop.
2) It’s my kind of jewellery: I’m not really a girly girl IYKWIM!
The bracelet I made is a bit different to the ‘braided hex-nut bracelet’ and uses macrame instead, which is great, because I promised some tutorials a while back and felt a bit bad that I hadn’t written any yet!
Full instructions after the jump! Happy knotting!
I‘ve always wanted a macramé owl….always! So after a little bit of practice I have one! I have to trim his tail down a little but otherwise he is pretty much complete.
Macramé seems to be making a comeback at the moment and I really enjoyed making this so thought I might put together a group of tutorials if anyone is interested? If you are, leave a comment below and I’ll get on the case!
This owl was made from shoelaces. I have just ordered some really long neon shoelaces for another macrame project so watch this space!
The pattern for this owl came from here if you fancy a go. Happy Monday everyone.
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