Do you recall the first time you encountered your first piece of macrame? Was it at summer camp? Or perhaps in your aunt or grandma’s spare bedroom? Or are you new to macrame and want to jump in and join while it’s enjoying a refresh? Wherever you learned about or saw macrame, it’s a classic craft that has been around for decades. These days, people are putting a twist on the old favorite and re-imagining it with all sorts of string and cord sizes, in all shapes, and any color under the sun. And what better way to show off your newfound skills than with a wall hanging?
In macrame, the most basic form uses four strands of string (or yarn, cord, ribbon, whatever suits your fancy) to make different types of knots. This wall hanging multiplies the one strand by 7, allowing for strands to be interwoven or kept separate as the pattern continues. You can either follow the instructions to the letter or you can have fun trying out your own design once you become familiar with a few simple knots.
To make your own wall hanging, you’ll want to collect the following:
- 5 100′ rolls of cotton clothesline (the pattern suggests using the 3/16th size)
- Either masking or painter’s tape
- Dowel Rod
- Doorknobs to use for the finials (optional – you can leave the dowel untouched or you can add end pieces, whether they’re doorknobs, large clay beads, or wire wrapping)
You’ll also need to know or become familiar with the following knots:
- Lark’s Head Knot
- Square Knot
- Double Square Knot
The completed wall hanging features 25 rows of knots as well as a line of fringe. There are written instructions as well as photos to help you finish up the project. Once you’re done, you can decide where you want to place the wall hanging – in the spare bedroom, in the living room, kitchen, or even by the front door. It also makes a great house warming present for new neighbors, newlyweds, or teachers.
Want to show off your knot knowledge and know how? You can access the free pattern at My French Twist.