Learn how to make your own Macrame mandala wall hanging! | Megan Chaffe | Skillshare

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Learn how to make your own Macrame mandala wall hanging!

teacher avatar Megan Chaffe, Owner of Luna Crafts Online

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:39
    • 2. Supplies & materials

      1:40
    • 3. Setting up & larks head knot

      1:00
    • 4. Creating the first triangle

      5:00
    • 5. Attaching two triangles together

      3:04
    • 6. Completing the pattern

      0:59
    • 7. Trimming & combing

      3:27
    • 8. Final thoughts & class project

      0:49
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About This Class

In this class I will be teaching you how to make a beautiful macrame mandala wall hanging using only 2 different knots, a larks head knot and a double clove hitch knot. You will learn how to create these knots and angle them to create some beautiful triangular patterns. This macrame mandala looks really lovely hanging, the fringe creates such beautiful texture & the circular shape that's mixed with triangles really makes for a unique wall hanging. 

For this project you will need:

  • 55 x 70cm lengths of 3mm cord (for the first triangle you will need 7 cords and for the remaining 8 triangles you will need 6 cords per triangle) You can use any colour of your choice, I'm just using white for mine as I like the way it contrasts with the gold hoop. You can use single twist cord if you would like but I do recommend using 3ply or 4ply as it makes it easier to comb out the fringe at the end. 
  • 1 x 15cm diameter hoop, this can be metal or wooden depending on what you prefer.
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Wire brush or a comb 

I really hope you love this class and if you do please feel free to check out some of my other macrame classes and last but not least, have fun knotting!

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Megan Chaffe

Owner of Luna Crafts Online

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Hey, my name is Megan and I’m a self taught macrame artist. I created my small business Luna Crafts Online back in December 2018 where I make home decor and macrame pieces. Since then I have fallen more and more in love with macrame & fibre art, every time I make a new piece I fall in love over again. I find creating something with my hands very therapeutic and relaxing, I’d love to now be able to teach other people about this beautiful craft and hopefully inspire others to be creative. My other hobbies include yoga, cooking & baking and house plants (I have a lot of macrame plant hanger designs to teach you!)

 

I moved from England to Germany 5 years ago so sometimes I mess up the structure of my sentences or use the wrong word, sorry! It's hard speaking ... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi, I'm Megan and I'm self-taught. macrame artist. I'm also the owner and creator of my own little business, Luna Crafts Online. Okay, so in today's class we are going to learn how to make this really pretty macrame mandala it is perfect for hanging on your wall just to add a nice decorative texture, especially with the circle shape is quite unusual. I created my small business, Luna Crafts Online back in December 2018. Since then I've fallen more and more in love with macrame and fiber arts and the process of creating bespoke wall hangings. I find creating something with my hands, very therapeutic and relaxing. And I'd love to now be able to teach other people about this craft and hopefully inspire others to be creative. My hope is that my lessons will teach you some basic knots and patterns so that you'll be able to create your own wall hanging and plant hangers. And even macrame bag's not only for yourselves but for friends and family too as they make really amazing gifts. Some of my other hobbies include yoga, running, baking, and houseplants. I have probably about 60 houseplants. I have a lot of different plant hanger tutorials to share with you. I really hope you learned some techniques for me so you're able to create your own unique, beautiful hangings. 2. Supplies & materials: Okay, so let's talk a bit about the supplies, and materials you will need to complete this. So you need a metal hoop. This one is a nice gold colour and it's 15 cm in diameter. So obviously you're going to need some macrame cord. So this is one that I prefer is a 3 mm 4 ply, but you can also use 3 ply that would work just the same. It's a white cord and it's really great as it brushes out so easily and fringe never curls up. So I would recommend using the 3 ply over a single twists cord as it'll make your life a lot easier when combing out fringe. Let's just talk about the lengths of macrame, cord you will need. So you will need 55 lots of 70 cm cord. So this is so that for the first triangle for your macrame you will need seven cords for that triangle. And then for the remaining eight triangles that you make, you'll need six cords for each triangle. So that's 55 in total of 70 cm. But as usual all the measurements and lengths will be written down in the class description box if that's easier for you. So you will need a tape measure. So you could measure out your cord, you would need some brushes. So this is a wire pet brush, that i bought specifically for my macrame as I say, every time. And a comb these come in handy when you're combing out the fringe at the end, if that's what you wanted to do. And the wire brush is really good at separating all the cords really quickly. You will need some scissors, so these super old and rusty but they're really sharp still, so I love them. Let's get started. 3. Setting up & larks head knot: Okay, so you're gonna need to find somewhere to hang up your hoop, just like I've done here on a couple of hooks. And then you're going to grab one of your sections of cord like I'm doing here and put that to the side And then grab one cord from that section and fold it in half you're gonna take the halfway point behind your loop so through the hoop and behind it. And then take these two cords, through the loop there. And then pull it to tighten it. And that is a larks head knot. So you're going to do this for all the other cord in this section. So you should start off with the section, that has 7 cords in it. Okay, so once all the cords from this group of 7 cords have being added to your hoop We can go ahead and start on the next lesson, which will be creating the first triangle shape. 4. Creating the first triangle: So now that you'll first seven codes have been added to the hoop we can go ahead and start creating your first triangle. So you can just take the two cords at either end and put them out. of the way for now, the knot we're going to create is a double clove hitch knot. So you take that first cord on the left, and hold it in your right hand. And then take the second cord, up, over and behind. And then through that loop there. So pull that up to tighten it and then repeat that once more on the same strand. And that'll be a double clove hitch knot So you can see I'm angling this down towards the right. So now you're gonna take that fourth cord here and angle it down towards the left. And then you repeat the same. So the cord next to it will come up, over and behind. And then through that loop. And you can pull that up to the top of your hoop and repeat once more on this strand. It's a bit difficult to show this as. The hoop keeps moving around, but you'll get the idea once you've done a couple. Now I can join these two strands together by creating one more double clove hitch knot that goes towards the left. You can see you've got a small little triangle here. And we're going to do the same with the other cords. So take those two cords here and separate them. So you've got two cords there and then use the first cord again to create two double clove hitch knots going towards the right. Take the fourth and again going towards the left. Now you can join these two together with one going towards the right. So it should be the opposite of that first triangle. And you can see we've got cord that's in the middle, that has been untouched. So we're going to separate that. Then the cord on the left will go towards the left, and the cord on the right, will go on the right triangle. So again, we're going to use this to create some double clove hitch knots, And create 2 double clove hitch knots like so. And then this is when you can bring this extra cord back. And we're going to use the cord on the right and create a row of double clove hitch knots that will meet in the middle with the other cord. Like I said, just keep going with the double clove hitch knots until you meet the other cord. And then you are going to complete one double clove hitch knot going towards the right. So it'll be the opposite of the smaller triangle that's in the middle of these. So now we can repeat this exact same on the small triangle on the right. So we're using that middle cord again to create a row. And then you can bring that cord down and use the cord on the left to create a row of double clove hitch knots And again, at the end of this, when you're joining the two cords together, you can do a double clove hitch knot going towards the left. Ok, so now you have two triangles here are done. It's time to fill in that middle shape, so you see 4 cords here. So you're going to go ahead and take that first cord and the second cord, and create a double clove hitch knot going towards the right. And then again, you take the 4th cord here, an angle it towards the left and then use the third and create a knot going towards the left. And then we're going to join these two together by going towards the left again. And once that's done, we are going to use the cords here from that first line. and create another row using those cords there. So we just basically following the shape of the triangle to create, a bigger triangle. One more knot here and then we can start on the other side. So taking this cord again and creating knots. We're going to finish off by creating a knot going towards the right. So it's the opposite of what was inside that triangle. So in the next lesson, I'll be showing you how to create your second triangle as it will use the two cords either end of this triangle. It will incorporate them into the other triangle, which is why you only need seven cords for this first triangle and six for the remaining. And then I'll be showing you how to attach them together as well. 5. Attaching two triangles together: So when you're creating your second triangle, you can use the outer two cords left from your first triangle that you didn't create knots with. So that is why you need seven lots of cords in the first triangle and only 6 for the rest of the triangles because they will use the remaining cords from the other triangles next to them. So you can see here, I have grabbed that cord from the first triangle, and I'm using that now on the second triangle, which will attach the two triangles together. And then we will be filling in that middle gap. So now that we have two triangles that are attached together, we can go ahead and take that second cord from the middle and create, double clove hitch knot going towards the right and then repeat on the other side going towards the left. And again, join these two cords together by creating one going towards the right. It doesn't really here matter which direction you go for. If you can just remember it alternate them because we're gonna be doing three rows off, double clove hitch knots that you see me doing, here, I'm picking up the second cord and creating a second row. So as long as you alternate them so it goes like to the right for the fast row, and left with the second, and then ends up going to the right. It would look exactly the same. So I'm just finishing up doing the third row here. as you can see, and then I'll join 2 together with a knot going towards the right. So that is one complete section done. So you can see you've got your two main triangles and then we attach them together using the three rows of double clove hitch knots so now you can just repeat this going the whole way around the mandala using up the rest of the cord. So you should have nine triangles in total on your mandala. 6. Completing the pattern: So as you can see here, just keep on adding groups of six and then creating that main triangle and attaching it to the triangle next to it until you fill up all your hoop So you should have 9 triangles altogether on you hoop And then they should attach together using the three rows of double clove hitch knots. So you can see there I just moved it all around so I could close that gap. I'm just finishing up the last triangle and attaching it to the triangle next to it. And then in the next lesson, we will be trimming the fringe of the mandala and combing out and doing all the final finishing touches. 7. Trimming & combing: So now we have finally onto the lock step, which is to trim the fringe and allowed. So I recommend doing this on a desk like I'm doing here. Oh, a table which is somewhat flat so you can lay out all the quotes. So hey, I'm just doing a very rough cop just to get the enthalpy code. So I'm probably terminate to about two inches. This is just to make it easier to Carmel owl. And don't forget, you can actually keep some of the longest scraps and might things not in the Chrome I fed those from them. Or other scrap busting project which I might do a clause one as well on how to use up all your scraps. Okay, so once you've done your rough cut, you can just lay it back down again. And you see here I'm grabbing my y brush and comb. And I'm actually just gonna use my cone for this project, but I would recommend stoke and IY brush as when you're doing long afraid and it's really, really handy to push everything out. As you can see here, the comb is doing the job perfectly. So just go round, brush, OLAP. Okay, so now that everything is kind of down and look nice and pretty, we can go ahead and do the final trim. So as you can say, I'm kind of following the angles of the triangle. Do my best to do so anyway. But again, it doesn't matter if you're not perfect because it outs to the texture and the handmade feel of it. I think she can see I'm just going up and down following the line of the triangle. Doesn't have to be perfect. The stock, because we can always go back and trim off more. So I'm cutting my friends to tell you about four centimeters there. If you want to create the exact same length as me, I think that's quite good length when he hung on the wall, it doesn't tend to flip over or anything. But I think if you were to leave this any longer than not when you hang out the fringe would sort of floppy look as pretty. But you could also try a starch spray, stop myself. But I know some artists use it to help stiff in the code and create a, a fringe that stands up. So as you can see, I just got around and brush it with and see which bits need little more trimming. And I just cut off those rogue bits of code that you could easily attach a hanging string for this if you want, just go through one of those holes that you see in the triangle and then tied up and you can hide it from that. But I actually prefer to just hook mine onto a 90. And the role, I think it gives a much cleaner look, but you can do whatever feels right to you. And I'll show you a hanging on the wall in my final lesson. 8. Final thoughts & class project: So that is the end of this class for the macrame mandala. I really hope you love it as much as I do. I love the shape and I love all the extra details on the fringe. So you can trim the fringe how you want obviously. And for your class project, I would like you to create your own macrame mandala you can change up the design or pattern if you want, you could even alternate the cord colours that would look really pretty as well. And I would like you to show your progress pictures and final picture in the class project section because I'd love to follow along and see your progress. And I hope you join me for my next Skillshare class. Thank you.