Handmade Woven Art for Beginners & Beyond
Indulge your macramé obsession the fun wayby making it yourself! Macramé artist and teacher Natalie Ranae will guide you step by step to create stunning designer art pieces to adorn any space with boho vibes. From contemporary plant hangers to elegant wall hangings to practical home accents such as pillows, rugs and floor poufs, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get an impressive result with your very first project.
All of the twenty projects include detailed photos and instructions for every step, and each project features a variation at the end that changes the look, for a total of forty potential designs. Featuring a practical guide to common knots and patterns, no other DIY macramé book offers this much variety and instruction for designer pieces. Natalie provides you the knowledge and skills to recreate her pieces exactly as shown, or confidently branch off with your own design. With such beautiful inspiration at your fingertips, the only limit is your imagination.
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Wall hangings are a great art alternative for the home. I believe that art and handmade items are one of the best ways to personalize a space, but when people typically think about art, they unintentionally limit themselves to paintings. There is a whole world of other mediums out there! I love having macramé wall hangings in my home because they showcase their own unique textures, lines and patterns. They're also one of my favorite things to make because the possibilities are endless and that potential excites me!
I enjoy teaching my students how to create macramé wall hangings, because after you learn the essential knots and patterns, it's easy to personalize and make it your own. There are so many different directions you can go with a macramé wall hanging that when I'm making one, I'm often inspired to create an entirely new piece halfway through a pattern and end up with new ideas for two pieces! I hope you are just as excited to start making the wall hangings in this chapter. I designed these projects to teach you different techniques and patterns that will look great on your wall and hopefully inspire you to feel confident to create your own works of art.
HALO WALL HANGING
This is a great beginner project to tackle when you're new to macramé. This gold ring wall hanging is simple but makes a big statement on the wall! When it comes to macramé, things don't always have to be complicated to look great. Its modern and geometric aesthetics come together perfectly to create a unique and eye-catching piece of art.
skill level: beginner
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
About 90 feet (27.5 m) of 5/64-inch (2-mm) three-strand rope
Lark's head knot Square knot Double half hitch
1. Cut 12 pieces of rope, each 90 inches (228 cm) long. Fold each piece in half and attach to the top of the gold ring with a lark's head knot. When attaching the rope, position the cords so there is an approximate ½-inch (1.3-cm) gap between each lark's head knot.
2. Tie 1 square knot with the middle 4 cords approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the very top of the ring.
3. Tie 1 row of increasing alternating square knots, starting underneath the middle square knot and working your way left to the end of the ropes, and then do the same on the right. Be sure to tie the square knots tight to each other, leaving no space between each knot.
4. Leaving a 1-inch (2.5-cm) gap under the 1st row, repeat steps 2 and 3.
5. Tie alternating square knots, filling in the upside-down V you just made in step 4, leaving no space between each knot.
6. Tie 5 rows of decreasing alternating square knots, leaving no space between each knot, until you have 1 square knot remaining.
7. Leaving a 1-inch (2.5-cm) gap between the last square knots from step 6, tie 1 row of decreasing alternating square knots toward the middle rope on both sides. Continue to tie the square knots tight to each other, leaving no space between each knot.
8. Starting on the left, tie a double half hitch around the bottom of the gold ring, pulling each cord tight before tying each knot. Leave a gap of 1/8 inch (3 mm) between each double half hitch and continue across all of the ropes.
9. Trim the extra rope at the bottom of the wall hanging, straight across, to 15 inches (38 cm), or to your desired length.
10. Unravel the entire fringe and give it a final trim if desired.
Try making your wall hanging with more negative space by leaving the center of your middle square knot diamond empty. Skip steps 5 and 6 and tie 1 row of decreasing alternating square knots, ending with 1 square knot to create an open diamond. Continue through the rest of the steps as written.
WILLOW WALL HANGING
If you're looking to add some beachy boho vibes to your space, then this is the wall hanging for you. The texture of the driftwood and macramé knots complement each other really well and make this a tactile showpiece. This project has so much versatility because the variation at the end of the instructions completely changes the look of the wall hanging from beachy boho to clean and modern. Both are beautiful in their own way, and who knows, you might just need both in your home!
Note: For the whole project, tie all left facing half knots.
skill level: beginner
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
About 109 feet (33.2 m) of ?-inch (3-mm) three-strand rope Driftwood branch approximately 15 inches (38 cm) long
1½ x ¼ x 261/2-inch (3.8 cm x 6 mm x 67.3-cm) piece of wood (I used oak)
Lark's head knot Continuous lark's head knot Half knot Double half hitch
1. Cut one piece of rope 87 inches (221 cm) long. Measure 29 inches (73.7 cm) from one end and tie a lark's head knot to the left side of the branch. Take the longer side of the rope, measure 11 inches (28 cm) to hang below the branch and attach with a continuous lark's head knot to the right side of the branch. Let the right side of the rope hang down.
2. Cut 21 pieces of rope, each 58 inches (147 cm) long. Fold each piece in half and attach to the rope hanging below the branch with a lark's head knot. The 21 pieces should fill the rope hanging between each lark's head knot attached to the branch. If there is any extra space, adjust the lark's head knots tighter.
3. Tie a full row of half knots. Be sure to include the 2 cords hanging from either of the lark's head knots.
4. Continue tying decreasing alternating half knots until you have just 1 remaining half knot.
5. Starting on the right side, using the far right cord as the filler cord, tie 21 double half hitches tight to the half knots above, leaving no space between the knots.
6. Starting on the left side, using the far left cord as the filler cord, tie 22 double half hitches tight to the half knots above, leaving no space between the knots. For the 22nd double half hitch, use the filler cord from the right double half hitch to make a sharp point.
7. Matching the angle of the knots above, trim the rope at the bottom of the wall hanging to 10 inches (25.5 cm), or to your desired length.
8. Unravel the entire fringe and give it a final trim if desired.
Change the look of this wall hanging by making two mini versions and adding them to either side of the centerpiece. Change the look even more by using a straight piece of wood or dowel instead of using driftwood. Complete steps 1–8 on the 1½ x ¼ x 26½-inch (3.8 cm x 6 mm x 67.3-cm) piece of wood. Cut 2 pieces of rope 58 inches (147 cm) long. Attach both pieces of rope using continuous lark's head knots on either side of the middle piece, the same way you did in step 1. Leave 31/2 inches (9 cm) in between each lark's head knot. Cut 14 pieces of rope 42 inches (106.5 cm) long. On both sides, attach 7 pieces to the 31/2-inch (9-cm) piece of hanging rope. On both sides, tie 4 rows of decreasing alternating half knots until you reach 1 half knot. On both sides, tie diagonal half hitches on either side of the alternating half hitches, ending in a point. Trim and unravel your fringe as desired.
This project is so versatile and can hang almost anywhere — on the wall, from a mantle or shelf, or over a bed, couch or window. Unlike some wall hangings, the way in which this one hangs can be adjusted, by changing the length of rope you use in step 1. My hope is that this project shows you that you don't need a branch or dowel to make a macramé piece. You can be just as creative with only rope!
skill level: beginner
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
About 273½ feet (83.4 m) of 3/16-inch (5-mm) three-strand rope
Overhand knot Lark's head knot Square knot Double half hitch Gathering knot
1. Cut 1 piece of rope 63 inches (160 cm) long. This will be what you attach your other rope to. Measure 12 inches (30.5 cm) in from one end and within that space tie an overhand knot leaving a 1½-inch (3.8-cm) loop. Do this on the other side. Trim the extra tail of rope close to the knot you just tied.
2. Cut 40 pieces of rope 67 inches (170 cm) long. Leaving approximately 2½ inches (6.3 cm) of space on either side from the overhand knots, attach the ropes using a lark's head knot to the rope from step 1.
3. Section off the hanging ropes into 5 sections, with 16 strands of rope in each section. In each section, tie 3 square knots with the middle 12 pieces of rope, leaving 2 pieces of rope on either side. Then tie decreasing alternating square knots, ending with 1 square knot in each section.
4. Still working section by section, tie a diagonal double half hitch on the left and the right side of each decreasing alternating square knot section, ending with a point (here). Do this to each of the 5 sections.
5. In between each section, take 8 cords from the middle and tie a cluster of 4 square knots (here). Leaving a ?-inch (3-mm) gap directly under the double half hitches, tie 1 square knot in the 1st row, 2 alternating square knots on the 2nd row and 1 square knot centered on the 3rd row. Do this 4 times in between each section. With the first 4 and last 4 cords on the far left and right side of the garland, just tie 1 square knot.
6. With the remaining cords underneath each section from step 4, tie a diagonal double half hitch with no space in between the previous row, ending in a point. Do this to 3 of the 5 sections (the 1st, 3rd and 5th sections).
7. Cut 2 pieces of rope 32 inches (81 cm) long. There's no need to tape the ends of these pieces. With both pieces of rope, separate the 3 strands of rope so that you have 6 pieces to work with. Under each small cluster of 4 alternating square knots (including the single square knots on both ends from step 5), using one of the 6 pieces you just separated, tie a gathering knot that is 1/2 to 3/4 inch (1.3 to 2 cm) wide. You are tying a total of 6 gathering knots.
8. Trim the extra rope at the bottom of the wall hanging to 11 inches (28 cm), or to your desired length. Note: If some pieces ended up a little shorter than 11 inches (28 cm), it's ok! Step 9 will help blend them all together.
9. Unravel the entire fringe and give it a final trim if desired.
If you want a fuller look to this bunting banner, leave out step 7. Continue to unravel the entire fringe as you normally would.
PALM FROND WALL HANGING
I really enjoyed designing this leaf wall hanging because it was so different not working off of a dowel or a ring. This solid-looking piece is free-hanging, meaning that it hangs on its own without any assistance from rope or wood. I love styling either variation of this leaf on a wall surrounded by a few other favorite art pieces or as part of a gallery wall. It's the perfect way to break up geometric frames and art with a textural piece that has a unique shape.
skill level: intermediate
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
About 174 feet (53 m) of 3/16-inch (5-mm) three-strand rope Large eye needle
About 374 feet (114 m) of 5/64-inch (2-mm) three-strand rope
Overhand knot Double half hitch Vertical Double Half Hitch Gathering knot
1. Cut 1 piece of rope 124 inches (315 cm) long, and cut 15 pieces 126 inches (320 cm) long. Using the 124-inch (315-cm) piece, fold it in half, and tie 1 overhand knot in the middle.
2. Using 1 of the 126-inch (320-cm) cords, from the center, tie 1 double half hitch on the right side of the overhand knot. On the left side of the overhand knot, tie another double half hitch with the same 126- inch (320-cm) cord. Tie the 2nd double half hitch tight to the other, leaving no space between each knot. This is a similar technique to tying vertical double half hitches (here).
3. Using another 126-inch (320-cm) cord, repeat step 2, tying the double half hitches beside the other double half hitch.
4. On both sides, tie a row of double half hitches with the ropes from the previous row, using the top rope as the filler cord.
5. Add another 126-inch (320-cm) cord; from the middle of that cord, tie 1 double half hitch on the right side cord, next to the other double half hitches. Using the left side of the 126-inch (320-cm) cord, tie another double half hitch tight to the other, leaving no space between each knot. This connects the rows.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5, 11 times.
7. On both sides, leaving the first cord out from the previous row, begin tying a row of double half hitches with the ropes from the previous row.
8. Repeat step 7. With your last knot, tie a double half hitch, ending in a sharp point.
9. Cut 1 piece of rope 72 inches (183 cm) long. Gathering the bottom 6 cords together, tie a gathering knot around them approximately 2¾ inches (7 cm) wide. Trim the excess rope from the gathering knot.
10. Trim and unravel the remaining cords of rope, then use a large-eye needle to sew each strand into the back of the leaf and trim.
11. When finished, the strands should all be neatly hidden on the back of the palm frond.
12. Give the stem a final trim 6 inches (15 cm) below the gathering knot. Unravel the ropes and give a final trim if desired. To hang, simply place it on a nail in the wall between rows near the top of the leaf!
Repeat the pattern with a smaller size rope to change the size of your leaf! Using 5/64-inch (2-mm) rope, cut 1 piece 84 inches (213 cm) long and 6 pieces 43 inches (109 cm) long; cut the gathering knot piece 32 inches (81 cm) long. Continue through the pattern as written.
WOVEN WALL HANGING
I really enjoyed designing this project because it brought the art of braiding and macramé together to create an intricate wall hanging in a fun way. My favorite part of making this project was braiding the twelve strands together to add a unique texture that complements any space. I hope you enjoy the process as much as I did! See final image here.
skill level: intermediate
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
About 196 feet (60 m) of 5/64-inch (2-mm) three-strand rope About 29 inches (74 cm) of 1/16-inch (1.5-mm) three-strand rope or any thin rope or string
Lark's head knot Square knot sinnet Double half hitch Overhand knot
1. Using the 5/64-inch (2-mm) three-strand rope, cut 24 pieces 98 inches (249 cm) long. Attach each piece to one of the wooden dowels with a lark's head knot. When attaching the rope, position the cords so there is a working cord on either side of 2 filler cords, adjusting the lengths so that the working cords are longer than the filler cords. The filler cords should be 25 inches (63.5 cm) long. For example, the order starting from the left would be 1 working cord, 2 filler cords, 1 working cord, 1 working cord, 2 filler cords, 1 working cord, and so on.
2. Tie 28 square knot sinnets on each of the 12 sections. This makes each strand of sinnets approximately 11 inches (28 cm) long.
3. Lay your piece on the floor so it is easier to braid. Begin braiding with the 12 square knot sinnets. Cross cord F over cord G.
4. Cross cord H over F. Cross cord E under G and over H.
5. Cross cord D over G and under H. Cross cord I under F and over E. Cross cord D over I.
6. Weave J over F, under E and over D. Weave C under G, over H, under I and over J.
7. Weave B over and under the strands until you get to the end. Weave K over and under the strands until you get to the end.
8. Weave L over and under the strands until you get to the end. Weave A over and under the strands until you get to the end.
9. If needed, shift the sinnets around so that they all end at about the same spot. Tie each cord with a double half hitch around the second dowel.
10. Using the 1/16-inch (1.5-mm) rope, cut a 29-inch (74-cm) piece. Fold it in half and tie a lark's head knot around the wooden ring. Make sure the front of the lark's head knot is facing the front of the wall hanging. Flip both the wooden ring and the wall hanging so the back is facing up.
11. Tie 2 overhand knots around both sides of the dowel and position the knot at the back of the wall hanging. Using a large-eye needle, sew in the ends of the 2 knots you just tied into the back of 2 of the lark's head knots. Cut off the extra rope.
12. Trim the extra rope at the bottom of the wall hanging to 10 inches (25.5 cm), or to your desired length.
13. Unravel the entire fringe and give it a final trim if needed.
Try using relatively straight "found" branches or drift wood instead of the dowels to give this project a unique, natural look. Also, for this variation to look best, skip steps 10 and 11, to keep all the wooden elements natural. Note: If you are using thicker branches than the dowels, this could slightly affect your total length of rope. To account for this, add 5 to 10 inches (12.5 to 25.5 cm) more, depending on the thickness of the branches.
PAVÉ DIAMOND WALL HANGING
The double half hitch is one of my favorite knots, and its prominence in this piece makes this wall hanging so beautiful! This project is a bit of a throwback to the retro feel of macramé from the 1970s, but with a modern twist. What I really love about it is the intricacy within the repeating patterns. Like a lot of the wall hanging projects in this book, the dowel that this piece hangs from can be swapped out for a straight piece of driftwood.
skill level: advanced
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
About 366 feet (111.6 m) of 5/64-inch (2-mm) three-strand rope Wooden dowel, ҥ inch (1.3 cm) wide, approximately 17 inches (43 cm)long Large-eye needle
Lark's head knot Double half hitch Square knot Open diamond pattern
1. Cut 24 pieces of rope 15 feet (4.6 m) long, and cut 3 pieces of rope 24 inches (61 cm) long. With a lark's head knot, attach the 24 pieces of 15-foot (4.6-m) rope to the dowel, centering them.
2. Using one of the 24-inch (61-cm) pieces of rope as the filler cord, leave a tail of 6 inches (15 cm) and tie a full row of horizontal double half hitches with each of the cords. Tie the double half hitches leaving no space between the dowel and knots.
3. Tie a full row of square knots tight to the row above, totaling 12 square knots.
4. Repeat step 2 with another length of 24-inch (61-cm) rope.
5. Part A) Divide the 48 cords into 3 sections, with 16 cords in each section. In each section, tie an open diamond pattern with 2 rows of double half hitches. Do not connect the very first and last rows of open diamonds. Halfway through the diamond, tie a square knot in the middle with 1 working cord and 8 filler cords. Be careful to keep the filler cords flat, side by side and not overlapping.
Part B) Complete the bottom of the open diamond with two rows of double half hitches.
6. Repeat step 2 with the last length of 24-inch (61-cm) rope. Begin the double half hitch row by leaving a 1-inch (2.5-cm) gap with the first and last cord from the diamonds.
7. Repeat both parts of step 5a and b.
8. Leaving the first 8 and last 8 cords out, tie an open diamond pattern, this time connecting the first and the last rows with a point, as shown here. Leave a 1ၝ-inch (3.8-cm) gap between the previous row of open diamonds.
9. Leaving the first 16 and last 16 cords out, tie the same open diamond pattern from step 8. Leave the same 1½-inch (3.8-cm) gap between the previous row of open diamonds.
10. Cut the ropes to your desired length and then unravel all of the cords from the center diamond. Unravel the rest of the cords, leaving 2½ inches (6 cm) of rope together under the rest of the diamonds.
11. Unravel the ends of the filler cords from the horizontal rows of double half hitches from steps 2, 4 and 6. With the large-eye needle, sew the unraveled strands into the back of the knots. Trim off the excess rope.
Instead of tying diamonds, try tying this wall hanging with open X's (here).(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
Getting Started: What You Need to Know 9
Knots & Patterns 11
Tips & Tricks 41
Wall Hangings 49
Halo Wall Hanging 51
Willow Wall Hanging 55
Classic Garland 59
Palm Frond Wall Hanging 63
Woven Wall Hanging 67
Pavé Diamond Wall Hanging 73
Linea Garland 77
Mosaic Wall Hanging 83
Plant Hangers 93
Petite Tiered Plant Hanger 95
Cascade Plant Hanger 99
Florence Plant Hanger 103
Serenity Plant Hanger 109
Terrace Plant Hanger 113
Home accents 117
Aurora Pillow 119
Luma Rope Light 123
Riley's Rug 127
Aspen Hanging Shelf 133
Boho Floor Pouf 137
Heirloom Table Runner 147
Etheria Lantern 155
Going Beyond the Projects 165
Materials Source List 167
About the Author 171
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think I might have found something I'll be trying this weekend! The book, Macramé at Home by Natalie Ranae is filled with projects that would look stunning to gift and hang on the wall. I can't believe how easy the author makes it with all those simple to follow steps for each project and even how to create specific designs with knotting, which is what macramé really is, a bunch of knots in a pattern. So just by having this book, I can now understand to create all types of knots, add beads or even attach to other items my finish project and create something lovely! Everything inside is fully visual, with plenty to follow photos of the project and knots you want to create. that you want to work on. So this is totally me because, when I choose a book I always look for visual guidance and search for ones that show steps with clear photos. So for the first timer or those trying to understand macramé, this book is a perfect visual guide through so many fun and beautiful pieces you can create for plants, the home as pillows and wall art, and so much more that can be gifted or kept. I honestly love the knotting work that goes into each project. It's marvelous with the detailing, reminds me of looming and weaving, but more knots. I feel Natalie really did a wonderful job with this book, making it so easy to understand and become a Pro in no time! My favorite project would have to be the Riley's Rug, it's just perfect and with the thick rope used, it's perfect for a rug and gives that homemade feel that you can't get with one bought from the store. Plus, if I chose another that I really want to make, would have to be the Florence Plant Hanger, something I can use with all of my plants. The detailed pattern that goes into each, is just stunning and makes rope more than just rope, but a beautiful piece of art! Finally, I feel that there really isn't anything in this book that I don't like, it's simple and has so many fun, creative projects to fill a home with handmade beauty. Truly an excellent book and guide! "I received a free copy of the book in exchange for writing a review"