Combine two crafts and get your macraweave on with Isabella Strambio’s statement cushion
Combine two crafts for boho style
This cushion might not transport you from cold, rainy Blighty to a Californian loft, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction to a bohemian realm where texture is king, and natural materials are fundamental for laidback style.
Layering fibre art on fibre art, this macramé/weaving mash up is a tasselled, tactile dream come true. Turn to page 98 before starting to familiarise yourself with the different knotting techniques.
Cut a 1.5m (591/ length of cord and tape the ends to the work surface. Cut 30 3m (1181/ lengths of cord and attach them centrally using lark’s head knot. Then, starting from the left, make a row of 15 square knots.
Next, leave out the first and last two lengths and make a row of 14 square knots. Below this, use all the lengths of cord to make a row of 15 square knots.
Next, work with just the first 20 lengths, starting from the left. Leave out the first two lengths and make a row of four square knots. Skip the first four lengths and make a row of three square knots below. Then, leave out the first six lengths and make a row of two square knots below. Make the last square knot to create an arrow shape.
Repeat Step 3 with the next 10 lengths, then finally with the last 10 lengths. You should end up with three arrow shapes.
Cut a 1.5m (591/ length of cord to use as a guide, then use the double half hitch knot to create a wave under the three triangles.
Cut another 1.5m (591/ length of cord to use as a guide and repeat Step 5 directly below.
Starting from the right, take the first four lengths and make a square knot. Take the two lengths on the left of the knot and make a square knot below.
Continue until you have four square knots under the right side of the wave, then repeat on the other side, as shown. Finally, join the two sides by tying a square knot in the middle.
Continue adding a diagonal row of square knots until you have a straight row of three square knots.
Repeat Steps 7-9 under each wave, then join them with square knots to finish with a straight row of 14 square knots.
Leave a gap of approximately 18cm (71/ ") then mirror the row of 14 square knots, leaving out the first and last two lengths.
To mirror the top part of the design at the bottom, work Steps 2-10 in reverse order.
Cut a 1.5m (591/ length of cord to use as a guide and, using the double half hitch knot, create a straight line below the last row of 15 square knots. To create a fringe, cut across the 30 lengths at the centre of the 18cm (71/ ") gap left, then unravel and comb the ends.
To weave the roving yarn on the middle part of the cushion, take 2m (78 ") of the first coloured yarn. Starting from the left, wrap one end twice around the first length. Weave across the width of the cushion, going over and under alternate lengths. It’s up to you how taut you want to pull the yarn – the looser you keep it, the bigger the loop will be, but you might need more yarn. Wrap the yarn twice more at the other side.
For the next row, pick a different shade of roving and weave as per Step 14, this time going under then over. Repeat Steps 14-15 to make a total of six rows of weaving.
Turn the piece over and tack in the ends of the roving yarn. Pin the completed piece right side (RS) up on the front of the cushion and sew in place around the outside with a needle and matching thread.