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Wine and Twine - Macramé plant hanger

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Macramé (the popular '70s style art of knotting rope) has made a comeback! Fun, creative and an easy(ish!) way to make your own decor with natural materials #AtHomeWithCrystalbrook

Bailey's next art class with local Cairns artist, Namassana Holland-Beard, teaches you how to create your own macramé plant hanger. If you love plants as much as we do, you'll just adore the way these hangers showcase your plants (both indoors and outdoors)! 

All you'll need is some twine and wine...

Watch and macramé with us. 

Four basic knots we will be using in this tutorial:

  • Square knot
  • Half square knot
  • Loop knot
  • Josephine knot

What you will need:

  • Six lengths of 5m cotton cord (6mm thick)
  • Two lengths of 1m cotton cord (6mm thick) 
  • 5cm ring

What to do: 

  1. Gather the six pieces of cord, loop through the ring and fold in half to create 12 equal lengths.
  2. Using the 1m length, tie a loop knot below the ring. Trim off excess cord.
  3. Take four strands and tie a half square knot. Repeat to create a 15cm spiral.
  4. Replicate this pattern with the remaining two-knot groups.
  5. Leave a 15cm gap and tie a half square knot. Repeat to create a 15cm spiral.
  6. Replicate this pattern with the remaining two-knot groups.
  7. Leave a 10cm gap and create a crossover Josephine knot using two right cords from the first group and two left cords from the adjacent group.
  8. Replicate this pattern on the remaining two-knot groups.
  9. Leave a 5cm gap and create a cross over square knot by alternating cords from the previous step.
  10. Replicate this pattern with the remaining two-knot groups.
  11. Leave a 10cm gap, gather all cords together and tie a loop knot.
  12. Trim off excess cord to create a 15cm tassel finish.

Josephine knot:

  1. Begin by taking the left cord and looping it behind itself.
  2. Next, take the right cord over the left cord loop and weave it underneath the hanging left cord.
  3. Then weave it over and under the left cord.
  4. Next, weave it over the right cord and back under the left cord.
  5. Pull both cords evenly to tighten.

Square knot and half square knot:

  1. Take cord four and move it to the left, over the cords two and three, and under the cord one.
  2. Take cord one and take it to the right, under the cords two and three and over cord four.
  3. Pull both cords to tighten, keeping everything straight. This is a half square knot.
  4. Cord one and four have now switched places. To complete the square knot take cord four over to the right, over the cords two and three and under cord one.
  5. Take cord one and move it to the left, going under cords two and three, and over cord four.
  6. Pull both cords to tighten, keeping everything straight
  7. Looping knot
  8. Take a length of cord and form a long u-shaped loop on top of the group of cords, with the loop facing down.
  9. Starting below the top end of the cord, wrap around the group of cords and the loop. Make sure that you leave a little bit of the loop uncovered.
  10. Pass the end of the wrapping cord through the loop at the bottom of your wraps.
  11. Pull the cord that is sticking out the top upwards, which will bring the loop under the wraps. Pull until the loop is enclosed in the wraps.
  12. Trim excess cord to finish looping knot.

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