By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Macrame is back! Make a natural, Boho-style piece of decor for your home with this fun, and easy project.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn 120 yd. #1004 Soft Ecru
- Rocks, Crystals, Gems (Roughly golfball to egg sized work best)
To begin, measure and cut 4 pieces of yarn that are 72-inches long. Fold them evenly in half, so each side is one yard long.
Bring all of your folded pieces of yarn together so the looped ends are all together, and even at one end. Tie the yarn bundle in a knot about 3 inches from the looped end. Tape the end by the knot down to your work surface.
Separate your strands into groups of two, so you have 4 groups that each have 2 strands in them.
Fan them out as shown, and tie a knot in each group approximately 1/2-inch below the big knot you tied.
Place your rock on top of the two middle groups, fanning the other two out on either side of the rock. Take the group on the left, and separate it back into 2 strands. Do the same with the group on the right side. Each group is now a left and right strand. Take the right strand from the LEFT group, and the left strand from the RIGHT group, and draw them together over the top of the rock.
Now, locate the two middle groups under the rock. Separate the right middle group into two strands, and take the right strand. Now locate the single leftover strand that’s dangling near it from your original top right group. Hold the two strands together, and tie into a knot.
Repeat this process using the left strand from the middle left group, and the leftover strand from the top left group that’s nearby. I moved my rock so you can better see what’s happening, but you want to be knotting this net-like structure around the rock. You can even use a small piece of tape on each knot your make to help hold your work tightly in place as you rotate the rock.
At last you’ll be left with just two single strings on either side, bring those together as one strand (remember, you didn’t remove your rock, so you’ll be doing this around your rock), and tie a knot.
Now you’ve completed the first round of knots in your net.
Repeat this process, taking the right strand from one group, and the left strand from the group to the right, holding them together as one, and tying them in a knot, until you have covered your rock in a net-like structure.
When you’ve covered your rock, bring all the strands back together as one, and tie them into a knot snugly under the rock.
To create the spiral knotting, once again separate the strands into 4 groups, each with 2 strands.
Bring the 2 middle groups together into the center–we’ll be knotting with the 2 outer groups. Take the right group, and form a “P” shape, with the tail over the TOP of the middle strands.
Take the right group, and form a backwards “P” shape, with the tail going UNDER the middle strands, and out through the right hand “P” loop–over the top of the “P” loop strands.
Take the tail from your right-side “P,” and take the tail OVER the middle strands, and down through the loop of your backwards “P” loop. The tail from the right “P” goes over the middle strands, and down and through the loop on the left. The tail from the backwards “P” goes under the middle strands, and comes up and through the loop on the right.
Gently pull the tails to create the knot, and slide it upward.
Repeat this exact knot to create the spiral.
It will twist into a spiral as you’re working. You can tape down the row of knots as you go, if that helps you not get your strings confused, and then remove the tape and let it twist up when you’re finished.
When you’re finished with your spiral pattern, fold the top strands over to form a loop, wrap the ends around your strands, and tie into a knot to finish. Trim the ends.
Remove the end that you taped to your work surface, and cut the looped ends off to create a tassel.
Now use the looped end to hang up your pretty rock charm, and admire your handiwork!