Macrame for beginners: Make a Large Macrame Wall Hanging | Tiffany Egbert | Skillshare

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Macrame for beginners: Make a Large Macrame Wall Hanging

teacher avatar Tiffany Egbert, Designer, Photographer and Artist

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8 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Gathering your Materials

    • 3. Cutting your Rope

    • 4. Setting up your Piece

    • 5. Spiral Knot

    • 6. Square Knot

    • 7. Fishing Touches

    • 8. Conclusion

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In this class you will learn how the basics of macrame and create your very own macrame wall hanging that is the perfect size to go above your bed or couch! 


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Tiffany Egbert

Designer, Photographer and Artist


Hello there! My name is Tiffany Egbert and I am a Phoenix Based graphic designer, photographer and maker. I love designing infographics, shooting fashion and food photography, and any and all fiber arts. I started doing macrame this past year and completely fell in love finding it to be super therapeutic and a wonderful form of creativity that for a change did not involve using a computer or machine to create, just my hands! Since then I've also fallen in love with weaving and fabric dying. In my free time when I'm not making things I love doing yoga, vintage shopping, and fancy dinner parties. 

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1. Intro: way, Tiffani Paper. And I am the owner of Desert Bloom, an online boutique where I sell vintage clothing and handmade textiles. Today, I'm gonna be teaching you one of my absolute favorite things. Macro. May I completely love macro May as a creative outlet, but I've also found that the more you get the hang of it, it's really become a relaxing, a meditative habit. I also love that I've been able to find a spot and pretty much any room in my house for a macro May peas because it's just super neutral and it has a really beautiful texture. So I'm so glad you guys are here, and I cannot wait to see what you create. 2. Gathering your Materials: Before you start your project, you're gonna need to gather a few things. The 1st 2 you may already have, we're gonna need a pair of scissors and the measuring tape. Next, you'll need some sort of mount. I'm going to be using a three foot long wooden del. You could also use a stick or a copper pipe. The next thing is cotton root. This rope is 3/16 of an inch, three strong cotton rope. If you can't find this, you can also use macro McCord. But I really like this because when you unravel the ends, it creates a really cool texture. So you're gonna need 220 feet of that. And then the next thing is optional. Cesaire called s hoops. You can get them at Home Depot or target the container store. I'll show you how I use those when I show you how to set everything up. But these would be very helpful. So go ahead and gather your materials and then we can get started. 3. Cutting your Rope: senator without all over materials gathered, you're gonna need to cut 22 pieces of 10 foot long groups. The best way I found to do this is to take your five foot long measuring tape measure out five feet. We go don't need that anymore. And then you're gonna wrap up around and that will be once you have it wrapped around, that'll be 10 feet. So going to keep doing that? Just kind of folding the rope over at that five foot mark until you have all of your pieces will probably want to do it in a couple Different, um, kind of shifts just because that much rope is a lot to carry out the handle. So once you have your ropes, you're going Teoh, cut the ends. Make sure that you have the beginning peace and the end piece on the same side. Otherwise, you're gonna cut something too short, but you're gonna cut the end, and you're gonna cut the loops and you'll have your 10 foot long pieces 4. Setting up your Piece: So now that you've gotten all of your materials gathered, I'm going to show you the easiest way to set up. I really like setting up using a garment rack and the two little Essex that I showed you before. Basically, you can just place your stick onto those little hooks and start creating your piece from there. If you don't have a government rack, you could use a rack in your closet. You could also put a nail in the wall and just start creating your peace where you're gonna hang it. So those are a few options for you. So now that you've cut all of your ropes, you're going Teoh, attach them to your amount. Basically, you're gonna take each rope and fold it in half like this. You're gonna take this little loop and put it over your stick, and then pull these two middle pieces through and tighten, and you're just gonna do that all the way across until you have 20 ropes and then your last two ropes. You're actually gonna set aside, um, for something special at the end, So don't worry about those for now, for you 5. Spiral Knot: So we've got a piece set up and we are ready to go. So I'm gonna show you how to create your very first. Not this is going to be a spiral. Not so basically. All these knots are gonna need to ropes, which, actually, since they're folded in half, create four ropes for this one. We're going to take a left. Most rope. You're going across it over the two middle ropes kind of in a nine shape, and you'll take your right most rope, tuck it under that left rope and through, and then you're just gonna pull it tight, and then you're gonna dio the same thing again. So left most rope over the two middle ropes, take the right most rope, tuck it under and through on Titan. So I'm just gonna do that same type of knots two more times. So for a total of four times, and you can already see that it's starting to spiral. So on the fourth time, you're gonna turn the ropes and you'll start with a new left most rope and do this four more times, So one to three for. Then again, we're gonna turn it, do 1/5 1 and that creates a nice little spiral column. So we're actually going to do the same style, not kind of all the way across for a row of spirals. 6. Square Knot: So now we've got a beautiful row of spiral knots. The next thing I'm gonna show you how to create is a square knot, which is super similar to this by a lot. So you're gonna take your left most rope again? You're gonna loop it over the two middle ropes. Take your right. Most rope. Tuck it under. So that was the exact same way we did the spiral. Not, but instead, we're gonna take our now, right? Most rope, cross it over those two middle ropes took this left guy through and tighten. And then we have a complete square not on for this design. I'm just gonna do score nuts all the way across this first row, and then I'll show you kind of how to connect your piece on the next row using scoring us again. So you'll notice that these are all kind of their own little columns right now. So I'm going to show you kind of how to start connecting everything together. So you're gonna take your 1st 2 columns and you're just gonna dio a score, not taking the right two ropes from this guy and the left. Two ropes from this guy and the same processes before. So we'll make another square knot and you're just gonna dio a role kind of like you did up there. And then everything will kind of start to be connected, so you'll notice that your ropes had the bottom are starting to get a lot shorter. So we're just going to do one more row of square knots and that will complete the base of our peace. So you're gonna dio, uh, the same thing you did before, so kind of line it up with this. Not I'm just still really all the way across. 7. Fishing Touches: So we've got the base of our piece done in. The next thing I'm going to do is from the bottom a little bit. This isn't gonna be the final trim, but we're going to start unraveling some ropes. If you have the three strand rope and this will save us just a little bit of time, I'm just gonna cut the bottom out there and those pieces were actually gonna use. So don't throw those away. The next thing I'm gonna do is start unraveling my room so that we can get this really cool French texture at the bottom. So it's kind of untwist it. And this part actually may take you longer than all of this. So, um, just be patient. So now we have off our bottom French all unraveled, and they also took 10 pieces of that scrap rope, which was about a foot and 1/2 long and unraveled those as well, um, for some finishing touches. So the first thing I want to do is pull out those two ropes from the beginning, and I had you set aside, and we're gonna create something kind of cool. So we're gonna do the same thing you didn't to be getting. Just toe touch your rope. Two you're stuck. And then I'm gonna make something like cool loops. So throwing my first group first, my second rope, Just kind of a slightly different level. That looks pretty cool. And then I'm just gonna tie and not to secure that there. And don't worry about this in the middle. We're actually going Teoh Hang Samore, friend. Job of that, and it's gonna look really cool. So what did the same thing on the other side? Okay. Trying to get even. Well, expect good tea. You are not cool. So then we're gonna use this middle part to attach our pieces of French to these are six individual pieces each. So that was two of those pieces of rope. Because if you took three strands so we're just gonna go to the top? I'm kind of making not simple, not it doesn't need to be fancy. And I'm just tight, tight honor. We're gonna do that four more times, - so it's looking pretty good. We're almost finished. We just have to unravel thes middle pieces in here and then give the final trim just gonna do the same thing I did before and unravel these guys. All right, so we're almost finished. The last thing we're gonna do is just trim it up a bit. I'm gonna trim this little middle piece right here, so we don't have a super long pieces, and then you can either cut your piece straight across or you can cut it into an angle. I just kind of depends. Um, how it feels to you and what would look the most balance. So I'm actually gonna cut mine into a point, and it's kind of tricky. I am not. Ah, perfect cut for sure. But, um, you can always clean it up after you cut it if you don't cut it too short. So it's a super subtle cut. You can do it more extreme if you want, but I feel like for this piece, that looks pretty good. 8. Conclusion: So hopefully by now you have a completed piece. Maybe it looks like this. Or maybe you kind of went your own route. Either way, there's so much that you can do with just these two basic, not styles. So feel free to upload any pictures of your piece to the class projects. And if you're interested in learning more about macro May or learning more about me, feel free to check out my website. It's desert bloom dot com or on instagram on at desert bloom. So thank you so much again, I'm totally honored that you decided to take my class and I will see you later.