Two Macramé Wall Hangers

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Posted on April 5, 2021 by Corbie Kortz
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Macramé is a form of textile where you can create beautiful works of art by using knotting techniques as opposed to weaving or knitting. You’ll find two tutorials here for gorgeous Bohemian wall hangings using simple knots with links to videos that will show you step by step the process of each of the knots used.

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Two Feathers

Supplies needed:

  • 2-4 mm cotton macramé cord in two colors
  • 3/4” x 12” wooden dowel rod
  • 3 unfinished wooden beads that are ¾” in diameter with ¼” opening
  • Scissors
  • Dog brush

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NOTE: The only white cord that I could find was 6 mm. This was too thick for me, so I separated my cut strips into 3 cords. The twisted cord is easy to separate.

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Cut your center cord at 35”. Attach to the dowel rod with a lark’s head knot.

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You can see instructions for the lark’s head knot here.

Attach a wooden bead.

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TIP: Taping the end of your cord with scotch tape will help to get the cord through the bead.

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You need 50 strips cut at 8”.

NOTE: If you are having to separate your cord, each strip that you cut will give you 3 strips.

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Fold one strip in half and lay under the two center strips with the loop to the right. Fold another strip in half and lay opposite from the one on the bottom, so with the loop to the left.

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Take the two ends from the strip on the bottom and gently start pulling through the loop of the strip on top. At the same time, take the two ends from the strip on top and pull them under and through the loop of the strip on bottom.

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Pull tight.

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Fold the next strip in half and lay under the two center strips with the loop to the left this time. Fold another strip in half and lay opposite from the one on the bottom, so with the loop to the right this time.

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Take the two ends from the strip on the bottom and gently start pulling through the loop of the strip on top. At the same time, take the two ends from the strip on top and pull them under and through the loop of the strip on bottom.

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Pull tight.

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Continue in this manner, alternating the strips, until you’ve used up the 50 strips.

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Tie the two center strips in a double over hand knot.

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Brush out with a dog brush.

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Using your scissors, trim into the shape of a feather.

TIP: Using very sharp scissors will make this part easier.

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For the brown feather, cut your center piece at 35” and attach to the dowel rod with a lark’s head knot, then cut 30 strips at 8”.

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Attach the short strips to the long center strip in the same manner as the white feather. Tie a double overhand knot with the two center cords. Brush out the feather.

TIP: If you unravel the twisted cord it will make it easier to brush out.

Cut a strip of cord about 24”, this will be your handle. Tie each end to the dowel rod on the outside of your feathers using a constrictor knot.

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You can watch a YouTube video here showing how to tie that knot.

These feathers are small enough that you don’t really have to spray a stiffener or put a backing on, but you certainly can. You can find the stiffener spray on Amazon here.

If you want to put a backing on your feathers, you’ll lay your feather down on a matching piece of felt and cut around the feather. Then glue to the back of your feather using E6000 glue.

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Heart Wall Hanging

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We have some material left over so let’s make a macramé heart wall hanging.

Supplies:

  • 2 mm cord (again I had to separate my 6 mm cord making the strips 2 mm)
  • ¾” x 12” wooden dowel rod (if you bought them from Walmart, they come in a pack of 3)
  • Unfinished wooden bead (Hobby Lobby had these in a pack of 16)

Cut 6 strips at 2 yards.

Separate each into 3 strips. This is only if you ended up purchasing 6 mm cord too, otherwise cut 16 strips.

Attach 16 strips to your dowel rod using a lark’s head knot.

Row 1: Skip the first 4 strips from the left. Using the next 4 strips make a square knot about an inch down from the dowel rod. Here’s a tutorial on how to do the square knot. Repeat the square knot with the next 4 strips. Do the same from the right. Skip the first 4 strips and using the next 4 strips, make a square knot about an inch down from the dowel rod, in line with the square knots on the left. Repeat with the next 4 strips.

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Row 2: Skip the first 2 strips and using the next 4 strips make a square knot under the row above.

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Repeat this with the next 4 strips and again with the next 4 strips.

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So now you have 3 square knots under the 2 square knots in the row above. Complete these steps from the right.

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Row 3: Now, starting on the left, using the first 4 strips, make a square knot.

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Repeat across to the end of the row. You will have 8 square knots across this row.

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Row 4: Skip the first 2 cords. Make 7 square knots across this row, leaving the last 2 cords alone.

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You can see the shape of the heart starting to form. For the next few rows, you’ll be tapering off to end at the point of the heart.

Row 5: Skip the first 4 cords. Make 6 square knots across this row, leaving the last 4 cords alone.

Row 6: Skip the first 6 cords. Make 5 square knots across this row, leaving the last 6 cords undone.

Row 7: Skip the first 8 cords. Make 4 square knots across this row, leaving the last 8 cords undone.

Row 8: Skip the first 10 cords. Make 3 square knots across this row, leaving the last 10 cords undone.

Row 9: Skip the first 12 cords. Make 2 square knots across this row, leaving the last 12 cords undone.

Row 10: Skip the first 14 cords. Make 1 square knot across this row, leaving the last 14 cords undone.

You have just completed the heart.

Add a bead to the center 2 cords together.

Repeat the steps above for the second heart.

Trim the cords below the hearts tapering to a point in the center. Unravel the cords and brush out. Trim them again.

Now add a handle using a constrictor knot. The length of your handle just depends on you. You do want a long enough cord to be able to tie to the dowel rod, and you can then trim the edges.

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You did it! You have two beautiful wall hangings for your home or to give away. Now maybe try some different wall hangings, or a dream catcher or even a hanger for a potted plant. Show me your creativity.


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Danitscha Zieren

April 6, 2021

I will have to try making these feathers soon!


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