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As snow still falls on a good portion of the country, I know a lot of people are looking forward to spring. I’ve heard some people are trying to bring the outdoors in this season with hanging planters, while others are still enjoying winter craft projects. Here in California, we’ve had a few chilly (and rainy) days, but for the most part we are still outdoors, which means I’ve got an early start on my spring crafting with macramé plant hanger!

I absolutely love hanging plants. There’s something so peaceful about them swaying in the wind a little, and being able to see them hanging outside my office window. Plus, with the tiny backyard we have I like to keep as much of the ground as possible so the kids and dog have more space to run around and play.

DIY Macramé Hanging Plant Holders

Macramé can seem a little daunting when you look at some of the elaborate designs, so I want to show you the basics, and have you creating a lovely macramé hanging plant holder in about 30 minutes.

Here’s a quick definition of macramé, to help first timers understand what you’re getting in to:

macramé

the art of knotting cord or string

in patterns to make decorative articles

Supplies:

  • Macramé rope – or alternatively I used a thick hemp cord – you could even cut up old t-shirts.
  • Pot – I used a simple terracotte pot, and then painted it
  • Plant
  • Beads – make sure they have a hole large enough to thread a double strand of cord through. I used plain wood beads, and then painted them gold.
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Large ring

Instructions:

Decide where you are going to hang your planter, and how low you want it to hang. Cut 4 identical length pieces of cord. I made mine 6ft long, this means when the cord is doubled over it was 3ft in length. Put that next to your pot and see if that’s the length you desire, if not, cut longer pieces.

Once you have your four cord pieces cut, fold them in half and place the end inside the ring to form a knot.

Don’t just pull all of the strands tight to make the knot tight, but pull each piece of cord individually, you’ll notice the difference. Your planter is going to hang from this ring. Let’s start working our way down the cord to create our macrame ‘basket’ that will hold the planter.

Place the cord alongside the pot to determine how far down you need it to sit … keep in mind you need to allocate a little extra space for the knots, and also for the tassel underneath the pot. Now, separate your cords into groups of two.

Thread a bead onto one group of cord and place it just above where the top of the pot will come to. Tie a knot directly underneath it. Do this with the other three groups of cord.

Lay two of the groups side-by-side. Take the right cord from the left group, and the left cord from the right group and tie them together about halfway down where the pot will sit (you’ll need to measure how far down to form your knots). Do the same thing over and over until all four groups are now attached and there’s a diamond shape forming.

Now, do that last step one more time to create a net pattern.

Hold all of the end strands tight with one hand and place your pot in the net to ensure you’ve got all of your knots in the correct places, and to see where you’ll need to tie the final knot that sits under the base of the pot with the tassel underneath. If you don’t have your knots in the correct places, you can untie and move them. If you do, then tie your final knot, and place your pot inside your new macrame plant holder, and hang it up.

I cannot wait to have an assortment of these in different sizes and colors hanging around our front porch and back patio.

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Adjustable Sliding Knot Necklace (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

I love adjustable necklaces because you’re not limited to always wearing them at the same length.

In this tutorial we’ll make a necklace that’s adjustable with sliding knots.

These knots are easy to make, and I consider it a very useful jewelry making skill.

This style of necklace is great for both guys and gals – and also for people who have difficulty with opening and closing clasps.

Supplies:

  • A pendant – it can have a bail, jump ring, or sideways drill hole through the top (and it will need to fit on your cord).
    Or you can use a donut bead or other pendant with a fairly large opening.
    I’m using this large (50mm) antiqued brass ring – for a bold, simple statement necklace:

  • Cord – at least 34″ (86.3cm) long.
    Leather, waxed cotton, and nylon are the best cords I’ve used for adjustable knots. But you may want to experiment with other types.
    If you’re using a lightweight pendant, you may want to use a finer type of cord.
    I’m using this grungy natural-color leather cord, 2mm width, that’s recycled from an old project:

How Much Cord Do You Need?

This type of necklace is put on over the wearer’s head. So you’ll need a minimum of 24″ (61cm) of cord to fit over the head.

24″ (61cm) will result in a necklace that’s adjustable from about 12″ – 24″ (30.5cm – 61cm) length.

If you want your finished necklace to be adjustable to a longer length than that, add the appropriate number of inches for that extra length.

Then add 8″ (20.3cm) for the amount of cord needed for the sliding knots (each knot needs 4″, so 8″ will cover both knots).

If you’ll be attaching your pendant with a lark’s head knot in the cord (as we’ll do below), add 2″ (5cm) of cord.

So your total cord length will be:

24″ + 8″ + 2″ = 34″ (86.3cm)

. . . and if you want a longer necklace, you can add your additional length measurement to the above equation.

How to Attach Your Pendant
with a Lark’s Head Knot

Before we make the sliding knots, we’ll attach your pendant to the cord.

I’m using a pendant that will be attached with a lark’s head knot.

The instructions for each step of the lark’s head knot are below this photo:

  • Photo 1:
    Fold your cord in half at the midpoint.
  • Photo 2:
    Lay your pendant on top of the cord, just above the fold.
  • Photo 3:
    Bring the 2 cord ends over the top of your pendant, and under the fold in your cord.
  • Photo 4:
    Pull the cord ends until you have a nice, tight lark’s head knot at the top of your pendant.

Now your necklace should look something like this:

How to Make an
Adjustable Sliding Knot Necklace

Once your pendant is strung or attached to your cord, it’s time to make your adjustable sliding knots.

We’re going to tie each cord end to the cord on the opposite side of the necklace:

Lay your necklace down, with one cord running straight up from the pendant, and the other cord curved around, crossing over the top of the straight cord:

Now measure 4″ (10cm) from the end of your curved cord.

Fold the cord on the 4″ (10cm) spot, making a V-fold in the cord:

Now lay the V-fold on top of the straight cord end, with the straight cord in the middle of the V-fold:

Here’s a closeup view of your V-fold cord lying on top of the straight cord:

Now keeping both cords together (the V-fold and the straight cord), grasp the cords with the thumb and finger of one hand.

Your thumb should be right on top of the V-fold.

Don’t take your thumb off the V-fold until I say it’s OK. 🙂

In the photos below, the darker cord is the straight cord that’s centered between the 2 sides of the V-fold cord:

Now grasp the short end of the V-fold cord with your other hand (it’s the top cord in the photo above).

We’ll be wrapping this short cord end around the cord bundle a few times.

So start your wraps by bringing that short cord end down behind the other 2 cords:

Now wrap it up over the front of all 3 cords:

Then wrap it down behind all 3 cords:

Now wrap it up over the front of all 3 cords again:

And wrap it down behind all 3 cords again:

OK, now you can finally take your thumb off the V-fold in the cord. 🙂

Now thread the short tail of your wrapping cord through the loop formed by the V-fold, being careful to thread it above the straight (dark) center cord:

Now here’s how to tighten and snug up the loop:

With one hand, grasp the little tail of cord you just threaded through the loop.

With your other hand, pull gently on the other end of the cord that formed the original V-fold.

(If you pull on the wrong cord, it will just slide through the knot you just made, instead of tightening the loop):

After tightening and straightening, you should be able to slide the knot up and down on the cord it’s tied around.

And your finished knot should look like this:

The other side of the knot should look like this:

Now move to the other side of your necklace.

Make the same kind of knot in the other cord end, knotting it around the cord on the other side of your necklace.

Your finished necklace should look something like this:

To wear your finished necklace, slide the knots to make the necklace as long as possible.

Slip it on over your head, and then slide the knots down the sides of your necklace till it’s the perfect length for you.

Troubleshooting by Rena Klingenberg
Knots That Get Too Tight to Slide After a While:

Maïlys mentioned in the comments that her sliding knots are always fine for a while.

But after about twenty slides on a necklace, the knots get so tight that she can’t use them anymore.

Here are two thoughts I have on the sliding knots getting too tight:

  1. I used to live in a very humid climate, and my sliding knots did the same thing – they worked well at first, but then became nearly impossible to slide. Now I live in a much drier climate, and my knots no longer do that – they continue to slide smoothly for years. Also, the “stuck” knots on necklaces that I moved from my humid home to my drier home became easy to slide again after a few months in the dry climate. So humidity may be a factor – perhaps it makes the cord swell.
  2. It’s possible that over time when we slide the knots, we put just enough pressure on the knots that we’re tightening them little by little. So possibly you might try making your sliding knots slightly looser. Then as you slide them over time, and they tighten up a tiny bit here and there, they’ll still work well for you.

I hope this helps, and I’d love to hear if any of this sound like possibilities for you! 🙂

Learn how to make basic macrame knots with this step by step guide. Friendship Bracelet that I will be showing you is the simplest design: the straight line.

Today’s contributor is Crystal from Stitched By Crystal. All posts written by Crystal for Make It and Love It can be found HERE.

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Hello!  It’s Crystal here, from Stitched by Crystal.  Have you finished up your holiday shopping yet?  If you are still searching for the perfect gifts, I have a quick easy project that might be perfect for the tech lover in your life…this leather travel cord wrap!

 

Sometimes men can be really hard to shop for, but I find they are even harder to sew for.

Just finding masculine fabrics can be hard enough, and that’s before you even get started with the project!  This leather travel cord wrap uses a small piece of leather and would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for anyone who loves technology or who travels a lot.

 

 

The leather travel cord wrap holds 2-3 plugs and 4 cords, and it wraps up tightly keeping everything secure and untangled in you suitcase or carry on.

 

 

The sewing is REALLY simple (seriously! Just two small straight lines!) And it is a project you could have done in under 30 minutes. You’ll have plenty of time to whip one up before Christmas!

 

 

Want to make a leather travel cord wrap? Great! Let me show you how….

 

 

You will need…

  • ¼ yard of leather or vegan leather (if you go the faux leather route, try to find something with the soft suede feel on the inside, it helps keep the cords in place)
  • Some sewing clips
  • A craft knife
  • Basic sewing supplies

 

***A few tips for sewing with leather***

  • Make sure you use a leather needle in your sewing machine.
  • A walking foot is helpful, but not necessary
  • You may want to do a little practice stitching on some scraps first, once you sew on leather, your needle will leave lots of little holes so you can’t really seam rip mistakes and try again!
  • You can’t use pins on leather as they will leave holes.  Use sewing clips instead.  I used the ones pictured below, they can be found in the quilting section of your fabric store.

 

 

Start by cutting a 7” x 20” rectangle of leather and a ¼” strip of leather that is 25” long.

 

 

Fold one end of your rectangle 3 ½” towards the wrong side as shown below and secure with sewing clips as shown below.

 

 

Sew up the sides of the folded part 1/8” from the edge, making sure to backstitch at the beinging and end of your stitch lines so the don’t unravel.

 

 

Using your craft knife cut slits along the middle for the cords.  Start about 1.5” from the pocket and make two slits that are 1.5” long, then make the next two 1” from the first ones.  Continue until you have 4 pairs of cord slits like the ones shown below.  Then make a small ½” slit parallel to the end of your leather for your strap, it should be centered and about ½” from the edge.

 

 

Fold back about 2” at the end of your strap.

 

 

Place the fold through the slit at the end of your cord roll.

 

 

Feed the two ends of the strap through the loop and pull to secure them.

 

 

Your leather travel cord wrap is done!  Fill it with cords and plugs and roll it up, wrap the strap around it and tuck it under to secure!  Now you can travel with tangle free cords!

 

 

Thanks for reading and happy sewing!

-Crystal

Check out Crystal’s blog here.  Her darling shop here.  Follow her on Instagram here.  And her Pinterest page here.

***ALL contributor posts by Crystal, can be found HERE.

 

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For more DIY gift ideas for him, check out these ideas:

40 DIY Gift Ideas for Dad

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Have you been bitten by the macrame bug? We love it here at Brooklyn Craft Company, not just because we have to do all the crafts but also because we can't resist anything from the 70's. (If you've ever visited our store in Brooklyn, you know that Fleetwood Mac is our permanent soundtrack!)

We are especially smitten with macrame wall hangings made in brass rings, because they add a bit of bling to your decor with dash of geometrics a nod to dreamcatchers. What's not to love?

So let's learn how to make a macrame wall hanging in a brass ring!

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED

ATTACHING THE CORD TO THE RING

To begin, cut ten pieces of macrame cord, 8 feet long each.

Tie each piece of cord to the brass ring using a larks head knot as follows: Fold the cord in half and place the folded bit under the hoop. Next, bring the two ends of the cord over the hoop and through the folded bit, then pull to tighten. 


This is how things will look once you've attached all ten lengths of cord to the hoop with a larks head knot. 


SQUARE KNOT

Next, we'll tie square knots to make the triangle section of this pattern. Square knots are tied on a set of four cords; the two center cords are core cords (they will stay stationary and the knot will be tied onto them); the two outer cords will do all the tying.  

Begin working with the four cords on the far left. (You can move all the other cords off to the side so they don't cause confusion.) 


Step 1: First, make a number "4" shape with the far left cord, bringing it under the two center core cords and over the right cord. 

Step 2: Bring the right cord up and over the two center cords, and through the loop of the "4" shape. Pull both cords to tighten.

Step 3: Now, make a letter "P" shape with the right cord, bringing it under the two center core cords and over the left cord. 

Step 4: Finally, bring the left cord up over the two center cords and through the loop of the letter "P" shape.

Pull to tighten, and give the two center core cords a tug. Because the core cords aren't actually knotted to anything, they can sometimes get a little bunched up and it helps the appearance of your macrame to give them a tug after you complete the knot.

Next, continue to tie a square knot on each group of four cords all the way across. This is how it should look when you complete this step!

Now, to make the triangle shape of this design, you will begin to decrease the number of knots on each row. So on the second row, you will leave the two strands on the far left off to the side, unworked. Begin knotting with the next four available strands, and tie a square knot as you did before. This knot will use two strands from each of the two knots above, creating the lattice effect of this pattern. Continue across this row, ending by leaving the two strands on the far right unworked.

Continue in this way, leaving two additional strands unworked on each end of each row, until you reach the last row, which will be just one knot in the center. This is how everything should look at this stage!


DIAGONAL DOUBLE HALF-HITCH BORDER

Now we'll make an edging along the triangle using the diagonal double half hitch knot. Begin by picking up the first cord on either side (it doesn't matter which side you start with), and laying it diagonally across all the order cords, following the shape of the triangle edge. 

Pick up the next available cord and bring it under the diagonal cord and through the loop. Pull to tighten, then repeat to make another knot in the same way, using the same two cords. (You will tie two half-hitch knots each time.)

Continue in this way, repeating with each cord as you travel toward the point of the triangle. This is how it will look partway through.

Repeat on both sides of the triangle. You'll be left with two strands dangling in the center -- tie these together in a half-hitch knot to complete the point of the triangle.


ATTACHING TO THE BOTTOM OF THE RING

Now we'll attach each cord to the bottom side of the ring. Begin by moving all the cords to the back of the ring, then simply tie each cord in a double half-hitch knot just as you did before, making the knots directly onto the ring.


FINISHING

Wasn't that easy?! You're just about done -- the last step is to trim the ends of the cord. You can trim them in a triangle shape, a curved shape, straight across -- whatever you like! Try fraying the ends of the cord to add some texture if you like. 


Want to make your own? Purchase our brass rings and macrame cord, and other macrame supplies here. 

If you make this project, remember to share it and tag us @brooklyncraftcompany and #brooklyncraftcompany. We'd love to see what you make. Happy knotting! 

Ps: Check out another cute use for brass rings on the right in the photo below. Just nest a couple together and hang them from a colorful cord. Boom! Instant-gratification wall art.

Pepperell Braiding Company carries a variety of different ropes and cords, PARACHUTE CORD CRAFTS Square Knotting, (a.k.a. the Cobra Stitch) Instructions below will make one knotted cord, about 3 Keep strands B and C straight.

How to Macramé: 7 Basic Knots to Master

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You’ll learn how to make Tassels with a twisted cord in this detailed photo and video tutorial using the Clover Tassel Maker and Handy Thread Twister.

I love cute little tassels that were made with twisted cords. They are perfect for a scarf, home decor or to hang on your keychain. It doesn’t matter where you tie these adorable tassels onto, they will make anything look better and more stylish.

In fact, making a tassel with a twisted cord is so much easier than you might think. You can make the twisted cord as well as the tassel all by yourself. You won’t need much materials or time to create these cuties.

For this tutorial, I used the Clover Tassel Maker and the Clover Handy Thread Twister which Clover sent me for free (I was not paid to create this tutorial and all opinions are mine).

To make it easier, I created a detailed video tutorial (see below) to make both the Twisted Cord and the Tassels. Furthermore, I created a photo tutorial below to help you with each of them separately also.

Clover creates amazing tools that are perfect for any crafter, crocheter or knitter. I recently created a review for the Tunisian Crochet Hooks, you might want to check out.

How to Make Twisted Cord with the Handy Thread Twister

In order to make a Twisted Cord, you’ll need the Clover Handy Thread Twister as well as 2 strands of yarn, and a pair of scissors.

First, you’ll attach the 2 yarn strands onto the Clover Handy Thread Twister using either a normal knot or a slip knot like me – just make sure it’s really tight. Then make another knot at the end of the yarn strands.

Then hold the Clover Handy Thread Twister straight and start twisting it counter clockwise for S-stranded yarn. make sure you keep the yarn separated while twisting the dial on the twister.

Once you have twisted enough – you can tell when the yarn pulls a bit and starts twisting on itself or follow the directions in the handbook that comes with the twister. Once you finished, let go of the strands and then adjust it a bit until the twisted cord is created. Release the knots from the hooks on the twister and make a knot.

Now that you have your twisted cord finished, you can now create a tassel with a twisted cord attached.

How to make a Tassel with a Tassel Maker

In order to make a cool tassel, you will need a Clover Tassel Maker so you can create any large sized tassels. You can also use anything to wrap your yarn around, such as a book. But I would suggest the maker instead as it make a neater tassel – plus you can cut the yarn easily, too.

Start by adjusting the Clover Tassel Maker according to the size of a tassel you want to make and add the yarn end where the dial is.

Next, wrap the yarn around the maker as many times as you wish. Remember though that you will fold the wrapped yarn in half and it will become twice the volume. So do not wrap it too many times. Then tie the final yarn end on the opposite side of the maker. Next, put the twisted cord in the center of the wrapped yarn and then tie another yarn piece around it tightly.

Then cut the yarn on each end where the wrapped yarn is. The grove will help you cut the yarn perfectly.

Next, fold the yarn in the same direction, but keep the twisted cord on the opposite side.

Now, get a new strand of yarn and tie it around on the top such that you create the famous bobble of a tassel. Once you finished tying a tight know use a tapestry needle to weave the ends through the middle.

Now put the tassel between 2 pieces of paper and cut the uneven ends off to make a straight line and created a perfect tassel.

You are now finished and can use your tassel with a twisted cord for whatever you want. I will use mine for my next crocheted scarf. It will give it the perfect elegant look and provides and extra special finish to it.

If you are more of a visual learner you might want to check out the video tutorial below. It is very detailed and shows step by step instructions.

Making a Tassel with Twisted Cord using a Video Tutorial

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