MACRAME TUTORIAL: THE HANGING LEAVES
by Susan Markson
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Thank you on your first order with us and we are excited for your first Macrame Kit experience! Please join our partnered feature Artist, Susan Markson, your expert guide in knitting, tapestry, stitching and macrame, as she teaches you how to make head knots, square knots, diagonal (clove hitch) knot and ball (berry) knot - Ready to start? Watch our Artist's video tutorial and share your completed work with your friends or families. Or, chance to win gift cards and vouchers if you tag us @clickandcraft on social media!
Quick Tip: We recommend getting all the cords cut before playing the video tutorial. Here are the measurements:
- 12 x 1.7m (67in)
- 1 x 1.2m (48in)
- 1 x 1m (40in)
- 1 x 80cm (32in)
- 1 x 60cm (24in)
- 54 x 30cm (12in)
Susan Markson lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario. She is the author of 2 knittings books available on Amazon. In 2019, Susan and her daughter started a yarn and macrame company where Susan's favourite part is being a knitting teacher where she travels around North America to meet other macrame lovers
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0:17 - Tie 4 cords of 1.7m on the wooden ring. You need to tie a Lark's Head Knot
0:36 - You can use tape to fix the wooden ring on the desktop
0:42 - Use the 5th cord to tie a diagonal (clove hitch) knot towards the left
0:57 - After reaching the end on the left, use the same 5th cord to tie a diagonal (clove hitch) knot to the right
1:21 - Tie 3 square knots in the middle, and pass the two ropes in the middle through the holes on the top. You have made a ball/berry knot!
2:06 - Tie the ball (berry) knot with a square knot
2:27 - Tie diagonally from the outside to the inside cords
2:52 - Connect both sides together and continue to tie 2 sets of the same knot
3:19 - Fold the 30cm cord in half and tie it on the rope of the outer ring with a Lark's head knot
3:32 - 3 cords are tied on each part, there is a total of 18 ropes. 9 on each sides
3:40 - Separate the strings from each cords
3:49 - Straighten them with a brush/comb and cut the excess
4:07 - Tie 1m, 80cm and 60cm cords to three wooden rings with the beads
4:22 - Tie the 60cm cord in the middle of the wooden dowel, then fix the other 2 on each sides
4:50 - Tie the 1.2m cord on both ends of the dowel. Job done, Bravo!
First Time Doing Macrame? Learn The Knots Here
Few Tips and Tricks 💡
- Use a stiff base such as a clipboard.
- You can also anchor your project to a cork board, with the help of a clip
- This way you can leave your work on hold and you’ll have a firm support to work on
- You probably have everything you need at home, just use a folder and a clip like you see in the image, and you’re all set!
- Use tape or washi tape on the ends of your cords to keep them in perfect condition
- Another advantage of doing this is that it keeps your cords in order
- If you use different colored tape on each cord it will help you keep track of which one to use and avoid mistakes.
- Secure the base of your cords with pins to prevent them from getting tangled and bothering you
- This way you’ll have each cord under control.
- Clip the end of the cord with a clothes pin and little by little roll it up around the pin
- You’ll avoid getting your cords tangled up when you are working with several yards of cord and they will all be ready at hand, well organized
- Get a suction cup hook at any home goods store
- You can stick the hook on a window or any other flat surface around your home
- Then you just have to hang the ring of your project on it and start making knots