I remember as a kid making things with macrame all the time. It was what we did during the hot summer months. I always had a project going ... I was obsessed. I also remember using some really icky yarn, rope or string and pretty ugly wooden beads.
I was just playing around here ... grabbed my hemp yarn, some clear glass beads and hand dyed some rayon ribbon, and sat down to try and elevate the art of macrame.
Quick, simple and yet so sweet.
You may remember here where I mentioned this little macrame trim I made and glued onto the outside of my journal.
Here's what I did ...
Without thinking too much, or planning out my knots and pattern, I just start by cutting long lengths of the hemp yarn. I read somewhere that the length of the yarn should be 10 times the finished desired length of the project. Since I was aiming to make a bracelet, I cut these pieces about 60 inches. The ribbon in the center was cut at about 15" long.
Next I knotted them together at the top and clamped them down on this clip board. Notice I have marked the board at the 3 1/2" point. This gives me a mid point for my bracelet so I know when to repeat the pattern if I want.
You'll notice that every once in a while there's a little glass bead threaded on the hemp. To keep the bead from slipping around on the hemp I place a knot before and after the mid point of the outer loops. Here are instruction on the basic macrame knots.
And here's a little trick to making this open macrame more secure. I mix Elmer's glue with water, about 1/3 water to 2/3 glue and then paint it onto the back of the bracelet. I do wipe it off the beads, then shape it a bit and let it air dry!
Ok ... So i get lot's of questions about the circles, and how I made them ... It's not rocket science here. Make a typical square knot ... lots of tutorials out there ... except when you make the first half of the knot, leave some space between this half knot and the previous knot, (don't push it up snug to that previous knot) then make the second half of the knot and pull it tight, close to the first half. The hemp I used here is kind of sticky and stiff and holds it's shape really well to allow these circles to stand out to the side. The glue mixture that's applied later really helps to maintain the loop/circle shapes.