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A modern twist on an old idea. Create an unusual wall hanging for your home. This project only uses 3 types of macramé knots. If you are a jewellery maker then these knots will not be new to you. Once you know these knots you can create your own designs and let your creativity flourish.
Cut 12 x 135 inches (342 cm) long pieces of T-shirt yarn. Find the middle of each cord and attach to the wood dowel using a larks head knot. Use T-pins to keep the wood dowel in place.
Take the left hand cord and attach it to the right hand side of the macramé board. It should be in a horizontal line.
Using the first cord on the left, go over the horizontal cord and then under it. Pull it tight. Do this twice with the same cord. This is the main knotting technique in the wall hanging.
Continue knotting by using each cord left to right in turn. Remember to knot each cord twice. This should produce a horizontal line. Be careful with the tension though, if you pull too hard on the knots the line will become wavy.
The next knot will be a half square knot. Use the first 3 cords on the left to begin with. Secure the 2nd cord to the bottom of the macramé board. Use the left hand cord and place it over the middle cord. This should form a C shape. Use the right cord over the cord that has just been passed under the middle cord. The right hand cord now goes under the middle cord. It should come out in the middle of the C shape. Pull both cord ends tight.
Continue knotting using the cords left to right until you have run out of cords. There will now be a row of half square knots.
Now for the next row. Ignore the first cord, and start doing half square knots from the 2nd cord in. This time when tying the next knot use the last cord from the previous knot, as the left hand cord in the half square knot. Continue until you run out of cords.
For the next row start on the 3rd cord in and finish knotting when there are 2 cords left.
The last row starts on the 4th cord in.
Put a T-pin in the middle of the cords to remind you where the middle is. Take the first cord and secure it to the macramé board to make a diagonal line. Knot like in Step 3 until you get to the T-pin. Be careful with tension, as that can change the angle.
Using the end cord, make a diagonal line to make a V shape with the one that has just been made. This time knot from right to left cords along the diagonal cord, using the knot in step 3.(N.B. when knotting at this angle, the knot is reversed so the cord comes out to the right, not the left.)
Attach the 2 middle cords to the bottom of the macramé board. Now do a half square knot around those 2 cords. This will make the 2 diagonal lines join up.
Take the 6th cord in, should be the one next to the T-pin in the middle and diagonally attach it to the left hand side of the macramé board. The knotting here is slightly different. Take the 1st cord on the left and knot to the corner of the diagonal cord, using the step 3 knot. Continue knotting using the cords from left to right. This makes an interesting pattern with the cords.
Now take the 7th cord and attach it diagonally to the right hand side of the macramé board. This time we are using the cords right to left and knotting from the corner outwards using the step 3 knot.
Now to make the diamond shape. This is using the same techniques as the v shape. So repeat steps 13 and 14, but this time change the direction of the diagonal cords to form the diamond.
Repeat steps 12, 13 and 14.
At this point you will need to move up your work on the macramé board. Just reattach using T-pins between some knots to hold it in place. Take the 2 middle cords, attach them to the bottom of the macramé board. Then use the next 2 cord to knot a half square knot. Then take the 4 cords to either side of this knot, and do 2 more square knots.
Do another row of square knots like in steps 5 and 6. This time using 2 middle cords in each knot.
Use your own judgement on how many rows of knots you need to fill in the space between the diagonal cords. This design used 4 rows.
Repeat steps. 2 – 4.
Create a row of half square knots with 2 middle cords. In the next row use 2 cords from each knot from the row above to make the half square knot. Use a T-pin 1 inch below the previous knot. This will keep the knots in the right place.
Start the next row using more T-pins, 1 inch down but with the first 4 cords. Continue doing more rows until there are 5 rows of them.
Repeat steps 2 – 4.
Make a V shape using the same technique as in steps 15 - 17.
Use sharp scissors to cut a v shape in the t-shirt yarn. (Keep the off cuts as these can be used for jewellery making).
Now for the hanger. Cut 2 66 inch (167 cm) long strands of t-shirt yarn. Find the middle of them, and work out how big a hanger you need for where you plan to hang it. Use a T-pin to help keep the middle. Knot both strands around the wood dowel in a normal knot.
Put some E3000 glue on the wood next to the knot, then wrap the inside cord around the wood a few times. Repeat steps 26 and 27 on the other end and wait 24 hours for the glue to dry. At this point, you may want to cut the hanging ends to the same length. The wall hanging is now finished.