Macramé Craft

Dis­cover the sim­ple plea­sures of macramé with this easy hanger.

Good - - CONTENTS - Craft and pho­tog­ra­phy Sarah Heeringa

Easy steps to make these gor­geous plant pot hold­ers

Macramé is an an­cient craft dat­ing from Baby­lo­nian times. At its most ba­sic, twine or string is cut into lengths and retied us­ing a series of knots. But macramé can also be very or­nate, in­volv­ing hun­dreds of tiny twists, a va­ri­ety of knots and in­cor­po­rate beads, shells and other em­bel­lish­ments. It was used by 13th-cen­tury Arabian weavers and was pop­u­lar in Vic­to­rian Eng­land as a means of mak­ing in­tri­cate lace for cur­tains, table­cloths, bed­spreads, doilies and coast­ers. Sailors of old used macramé to weave ropes and ham­mocks. Hip­pies in the 1970s hung dec­o­ra­tive macramé on their walls, car­ried knot­ted and tas­selled string bags and wore macramé belts, tops, neck­laces, bracelets and san­dals.

For an easy macramé project that takes about 15 min­utes, try this sim­ple pot hanger. Make sev­eral to fill with small plants in jars.

Step 1: Cut­ting

Cut 12 pieces of twine into ap­prox­i­mately one-me­tre lengths. Cut an­other two lengths to 90cm each. Gather the 12 long pieces to­gether and fold them evenly in the mid­dle to form a thick cord with a loop at one end and the loose ends at the other.

Step 2: Wrapped knot

Lay the looped cord down on a flat sur­face and use one end of a 90cm length to tie a firm knot ap­prox­i­mately 5cm from the top of the loop. Tuck in the loose end of this twine and firmly wind the re­main­ing long end sev­eral times around the gath­ered cord to cre­ate the wrapped knot. Leave just enough twine to tie a tight dou­ble knot at the bot­tom and use the point of your scis­sors to poke the loose end neatly up in­side the cen­tre of the cord.

Step 3: First over­hand knot

Spread out the strings and group the 12 lengths of twine into 6 pairs. Tie each pair of strings with an over­hand knot, ap­prox­i­mately two thirds of the way down the length of the two strings. (An over­hand is the ba­sic knot that most of us use as the first half of ty­ing up our sneak­ers.) Ad­just the knots so that when you gather the lengths to­gether they are all roughly the same po­si­tion along the strings.

Step 4: Sec­ond over­hand knot

Spread out the strings again and, tak­ing one string from a pair and match­ing it with one string from an ad­ja­cent pair, tie a sec­ond knot ap­prox­i­mately 10cm along the string. Re­peat this un­til ev­ery string is knot­ted to­gether with an ad­ja­cent piece of twine. As with Step 3, ad­just the knots so they are all at the same po­si­tion along the strings.

Step 5: Third over­hand knot

Re­peat as above, tak­ing care to se­lect an ad­ja­cent piece of twine, and ty­ing the knots at the same po­si­tion along the strings.

Step 6: Fi­nal over­hand and wrapped knot

Gather all the loose strings evenly to­gether and tie them into a tight over­hand knot. Use the re­main­ing 90cm length to tie a firm knot above the over­hand knot and con­tinue as with Step 2 to cre­ate a wrapped knot over the top.

Step 7:

Trim the ends and insert jar con­tain­ing your pot­ted plant.

Pot­ting your jar

Pot up your jar by lay­er­ing small peb­bles, coir or sus­tain­ably har­vested sphag­num moss and pot­ting mix. Put in the plant and fill around the edges with ex­tra soil. Wa­ter well.

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