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Tutorial! Modern macrame plant hanger by Susana Cunha

I was so thrilled to find Susana Cunha, a super talented macrame artist, and add her classes to our schedule! Last November, Susana taught a private class for Caroline, Kym and I in the shop so we could make macrame plant hangers for a future shop window display. It was so fun, easy to learn and quick! You’ll be so delighted with what you can accomplish in just a couple of hours and I can imagine this being a really relaxing craft to unwind with in the evenings, too.

We are so lucky that Susana is sharing her plant hanger tutorial with us on the blog today but if you want to take her class and learn in real life, you can sign up to her next class on 28 January which will teach you how to create a beautiful macrame wall hanging. You can (and should!) also find and follow Susana on Not on the High Street and Instagram.

Traditionally, most of the macrame you see is created using cotton rope or cord which has a beautiful bohemian vibe. For our classes, we’ll use Hoooked Zpagetti t-shirt yarn for the range of colours, accessibility and to give this project a modern spin. Either will work for this tutorial.

Over to you, Susana!

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

This basic plant hanger is an easy introduction to macrame and is suitable for beginners. It features three types of basic decorative knots: Square Knot (SK), Spiral Stitch and Wrapped Knot. Once you’re comfortable with the basics, you can add beads, decorations, or additional knots to add character!

Finished Size: Approximately 115 cm (45 inches) tall, which includes the fringe.

Supplies Needed:

Prep:

  • Cut 6 cords, each 6 meters long
  • Cut 2 cords, 50 cm long

If using cotton rope instead of t-shirt yarn, prepare the tips of the cords to prevent unravelling by using tape. When using tape, compress the tips so they are as narrow as possible.

Method:

Step 1: Pass half of the cords through the metal ring, while holding the ring upright. They should dangle over the bottom of it.
Match the ends of each cord as you pass it through, so it is balanced.

Do the same with the remaining cords, placing them on top of the first group.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Start a Wrapped Knot tying an Overhand knot at one end of a 50 cm cord. Secure it next to the ring.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Wrap the long portion around the cords on the ring several times. Make sure you wrap firmly, until the knot is 3 or 4 cm long.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Pass what’s left of the long portion through the folded area, which looks like a loop.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Pull the secured end, which has the Overhand knot. The fold and the other end will be pulled inside the bottom of the Wrapped knot. Make sure you pull it half way through the knot.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Cut off the excess material from each end of the cord used to make the Wrapped Knot. Be careful not to cut the long cords on the ring. Tuck the stubs inside the knot so they can’t be seen.

Divide the cords into groups of 4. Bundle each group by wrapping all 4 cords around your hand several times. Secure with a rubber band.

Step 2: Mentally number the four cords in one group. The fillers are 2 – 3, and the working cords are 1 and 4.
Tie the first Square Knot as shown below.

Move cord 1 to the right, over cords 2 – 3 and under cord 4.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Move cord 4 to the left, under cords 2 – 3 and over cord 1. Tighten firmly.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Cords 1 and 4 have switched places, so the direction is reversed for the second half of the Square Knot:

Move cord 1 to the left, over cords 2 – 3 and under cord 4.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Move cord 4 to the right, under cords 2 – 3 and over cord 1. Tighten firmly.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Continue tying Square Knots to create a sennit. Push the knots close together as you progress. Tighten each knot firmly. Stop when you have completed 10 square knots.

Repeat step 2 with the remaining groups of four cords.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Step 3: Measure 10cm after the last square knot on the sennit of one of the groups of four cords. We can now start tying a series of half square knots to create a spiral.

Half Knot

Move working cord 1 to the right, over the fillers (2 and 3) and under working cord 4.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Move working cord 4 to the left, under the fillers and over working cord 1.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
When making the Spiral Stitch for your Basic Plant Hanger, the cord will naturally start twisting once you tie the first 5 Half knots; hold the fillers steady and keep tying half knots.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn
Step 4: Create a Spiral Stitch design by tying 12 Half Knots as described above. Stop when the sennit is made of 12 Half Knots.

Step 5: Measure 10cm after the last half square knot on the spiral of one of the cords you have been working on and start trying more half knots to create a further spiral.

Step 6: Repeat steps 3 – 5 for each group of cords bundled in step 1.

Cradle

Now you will make the Cradle at the bottom of the Basic Plant Hanger. Measure the plant pot, and find the halfway point by dividing the total height by 2. So if the pot is 6 inches tall, the measurement will be 3 inches.

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Locate two sennits that rest next to each other, and secure them. Make sure they are not twisted. Mentally re-number the cords in each sennit 1 – 4.

Step 7: Alternate by selecting cords 3 and 4 from the left sennit, combined with cords 1 and 2 from the right sennit.
Measure from the last SK of one sennit down to the measurement you just calculated for the halfway point on the pot. Tie one Square Knot at that point.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Step 8: Repeat step 7 using the remaining cords. This is much easier if you suspend the Basic Plant Hanger by the ring at the top.
Make sure the sennits are not twisted, and that you are combining cords from two sennits that rest next to each other.

Step 9: You now need to alternate the cords again, as described in Step 7. Start by mentally re-numbering the cords coming from two sets of SK tied in the previous step. Measure from the bottom of the SK tied in step 7, down the same measurement. This way the next knot rests at the lower edge of the pot. Repeat using the remaining cords.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

Step 10: Measure the bottom of the pot, from the edge to the centre (1/2 the bottom area).

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Step 11: Tie a Wrapped Knot (as you did in step 1) around all the cords where you measured the centre of the pot to be.
After tightening it, place the pot in the Cradle. The knot should rest in the centre of the pot. Make adjustments as needed.

Important: Pull on each cord to eliminate any space between the Wrapped Knot and the SK.

Finishing Touches

Cut off the excess material from the cord used to make the Wrapped knot, and tuck the stubs inside so they can’t be seen.

Step 12: Trim the ends of all the cords so they are even. For other materials, you have the option of tying finishing knots, or to, if you’re using cord, unravel and brush to create a brushed fringe for your plant hanger.

Modern Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial with T-Shirt Yarn

 

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New in stock at The Village Haberdashery: Cotton + Steel Fall 2015 collections

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Cotton + Steel‘s Fall 2015 collections have arrived! In addition to new lines from Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Sarah Watts, Alexia Abegg and Kim Kight, the five founding designers have teamed up to design Bluebird! This beautiful collection features both new designs and old favourites in shades of blue.

Bluebird from Cotton + Steel
At Quilt Market, the Cotton + Steel booth featured an amazing wall of Bluebird mixed with red stitches and red Cotton + Steel Basics. It looked awesome! It works so incredibly with all the new red Basics. Here’s a closer look!

Bluebird by Cotton + Steel
Bluebird by Cotton + Steel
You can find Bluebird in the shop here. Browse all of our Cotton + Steel Fall 2015 picks here. Or build a bundle of your faves in one quick shop with our Build a Bundle option here!

Here are the individual collections we have in stock from Cotton + Steel this season!

Fruit Dots by Melody Miller

Melody Miller’s new Fruit Dots collection is whimsical, fruity, and 60’s-inspired! Our selection includes two prints on rayon and two with metallic ink! Find Fruit Dots in the shop here.

Cat Lady by Sarah Watts

Cat Lady by Sarah Watts is sure to satisfy you or your feline-loving friends! This collection is full of playful kitties, balls of yarn and Sarah’s awesome florals. Find Cat Lady in the shop here.

Macrame by Rashida Coleman-Hale

Macrame is inspired by retro 70’s-style macrame wall hangings. Twists, knots, braids and stitches all feature in this gorgeous collection. And we super love the canvas print with neon florals! Find Macrame in the shop here.

Penny Arcade by Kim Kight and Clover by Alexia Abegg

See the world through a child’s eyes in Penny Arcade by Kim Kight, a collection inspired by the power of nostalgia to keep old places and things alive and magical. And join a little lamb as he explores a quaint European village in Clover by Alexi Abegg. Find both collections here.

This week’s offer!

Save 25% on Papercut patterns this week with code PAPERCUT! Find our selection of these fun, hip patterns in the shop here.

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