Make a Macrame hanging for flower pots!
Do you want to buy more plants, but you don't have space on the shelves and window sills? Do you appreciate simple and original decorations that enliven your home? Do you like to create and make small things for yourself or your loved ones? In that case, you will find macrame to your liking.
What is macrame?
Macramé, or scraping, is an Arabic technique of weaving strings, cords and threads, which are used to create original home decorations - for example, hanging ones that suit every roommate. You don't have to worry, this is an easy technique where, with the knowledge of basic knots, you too can create beautiful and complex patterns that you can find anywhere on the Internet. You can let yourself be guided by the guide that we present in this article or explore for example google and youtube, where you will find countless different guides and instructions.
What will you need?
With macrame, knots are tied without the help of needles or hooks, and it is possible to create clothes, various accessories, wall and hanging decorations with it... practically anything you can think of - the possibilities are limited only by your creativity.
- Yarn, string ( you can look at our offer of Macramé yarns from the Bobbiny brand )
- Comb (for combing the yarn - if the type of yarn allows it)
TIP: If you want to decorate your creation, you can use, for example, beads or a wooden ring, on which you weave macrame and then hang the finished product.
What is the principle
First of all, we need to clarify how many arms we want the resulting curtain for the flower pot to be made of (most often, curtains are made of 3 or 4 arms), how we will fasten the curtain (whether on a ring or create a loop) and how long it should be.
In general, you need to have 4 ropes for one arm of the suspension . So if we want a suspension with 4 arms, we need a total of 16 strings, if we want 3, then 12.
When deciding how long strings we need, we can follow the general principle of cutting the strings twice as long as we want the resulting curtain to be long . So if we want to have a curtain about 100 cm long, we will need ropes 200 cm long.
If we want to fasten the curtain to the loop (or to the ring), we can avoid further cutting by measuring the strings twice as long. We will then fold the measured and cut strings in half - thus doubling the number of strings and at the same time using a knot or another method to create a loop by which the curtain can be hung.
In the following instructions, we will describe the production of a curtain with a loop, with 3 arms and with a final length of approx. 100 cm.
1) We cut 6 strings of the same length of 400 cm (we will double the cut strings - we will fold them in half, so the resulting string length will be 200 cm, which is twice the required final length of the curtain of 100 cm)
2) Fold the cut strings in half (if we want to create a loop) or pass them through a wooden ring in half. Subsequently, we can create a loop using a knot or by tying with a short cut of the used string - both are shown in the pictures.
3) We will now divide the 12 strings into 3 parts of 4 each.
4) We knit a simple knot . The following images show the same kind of knot with which two of the simplest patterns can be made, which we call either "Spiral" (we repeat the knot on the same side all the time) or "Meander" (where we alternate right and left knots). We always knit in such a way that we braid the remaining two with two strings - as shown in the picture.
NOTE: in the first picture we can see how the left knot is knitted. We will knit with two extreme strings (left and right) and we will braid the remaining two middle ones. Take the string on the left side and make an "L" shape with it. We pass the right string over the left one, turn it back and pass it around the two middle ones out of the "L" loop of the left string. Carefully and evenly tighten the knot for both strings (right and left) until they hold firmly. We repeat this procedure over and over until the desired length of the pattern - we create a spiral by always knitting the knot on the same side.
NOTE: We create the Meander pattern by alternating left and right knots. This means that we make a knot starting with an "L" shaped loop with the left string (as we see in the picture tutorial) and then we do the same thing but in reverse - we start an "L" shaped loop with the right string and pass the left one through.
TIP: If we want to use the length of the strings to the maximum, we can switch the strings at the selected moment (that is, with the strings that were "just in the middle" we will braid the two outer ones that we have knitted with so far). In this way, an interesting detail will be created and all the strings will decrease evenly.
5) We knit all the shoulders.
6) We will weave the individual arms together so that they create a "basket" in which the flowerpot will come. In practice, we use the same knot, we just apply it to two strings from both adjacent arms - this will connect them.
NOTE: The first row can be joined with either 2 or 4 knots as shown in the picture - I tend to make a 4 knot Meander style link as it is flat and holds the pot nicely. We always knit two related sides together until we create three connections between the shoulders. ATTENTION - be careful and try to keep the knots as evenly spaced as possible so that you have them all at the same height.
7) We knit the second row.
NOTE: We knit the second row in the same way as the first - again we connect two adjacent sides until three connections are made.
TIP: If you have already chosen a flower pot and want to be sure that it will fit into the curtain like a glove, measure the second row of braiding. Hanging planters look best if the top row of braiding starts at the edge of the pot and the second row is in its middle. In this way, the pot is the most stable, it looks nice and the plant will not be unnecessarily oppressed in it.
8) We end all strings with a common knot. We can use an ordinary knot, tie with a short cut or even braid the cut in the same way as before.
9) We are DONE. Now we can still comb the remaining ends under the last knot with a comb, if our used string allows us to do so.
And that's all! Even if it doesn't seem like it at first try, it's very simple and for some even a relaxing way to create.
Do not be afraid to enrich your other creations with, for example, the mentioned wooden or any other accessories (beads, rings) or try to play with the combination of patterns and the degree of tightening of the knots.
And for those who don't want to deal with curtains, we have them ready for you in the e-shop.
Macrame curtains everyone!