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7 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Knots

    • 4. Project Part One

    • 5. Project Part Two

    • 6. Finishing Touches

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


Hey and welcome to my class Macrame Mandala.

In this class, we will go over three type of macrame knots and then put them together to create a mandala.

Don't forget to post pictures of your progress and you finished projects.

If you haven't already check out my other class "How to Hand Embroider a Patch"

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Julia B

Teacher: Embroidery & Macrame


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My name is Julia and I love everything crafting and arts. I studied Visual Communication and Design for my minor in college. I have years of experience crafting on my own and as a camp counselor.  My day job is working in Footwear Development, where I get to be creative with the shoes of tomorrow.

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1. Intro: Hi, My name is Julia. And welcome to my class. How to macro May? Amen. Dolla. Hopefully you've taken my past class how to hand embroidered patch And if not, that's OK. And welcome to this class in this class. We're gonna go over different types of knots and we're gonna follow a pattern to create this macro may mandala which you can turn into a pendant like I have or just have a cool Mandela that's made out of macro may. Don't forget to post your progress throughout your project so other people can comment and love what you dio. And if you like this class, make sure to rate it with a thumbs up and add a comment about why you like the class. That way other people can see why it's a great one to take. Stick around, follow the steps and you'll love the end result. These in 2. Supplies: all right for this project, we're gonna need a few supplies here. I have a clipboard, the sexually a drawing clipboard. Just easy to clip in your pieces as you're working on them to keep it nice and stable. The next thing we have is nylon nylon thread. I use this just because it's really easy to finish off. All we have to do is burn the ends and it seals itself that way. Um, you can also use embroidery floss. You'll just have to cut in, use fabric glue instead to seal it. And then also, I have a hot knife here, and that's just how I finish it. Using a block of wood, I put it on there and able to finish it and then also a metal ring that we're going to put each of the pieces of broke and also a metal ring that we're gonna put each of the pieces of thread around in that will serve as our base for the mendola. All right, let's break down the mandala a little bit. We have the ring in the middle, and then we have 12345678 basically spires of the of the star, and it's gonna be made in two sections. First section goes all the way out to the blue. In the second section will be connecting and going for purple two silver, two pink to orange. Each spire will take eight colors. 12 each spire takes seven colors purple, silver, pink, orange, yellow, green and blue. That's what I have the patterns. That, too, but you can do whatever you want with it. Um, sometimes following the colors on the pattern makes it just a little bit easier for your first time. But the next you can explore. And so there's seven colors and will end up cutting eight strands of each color and then fold that in half, and that will become each of our spires. So let's get to cutting 3. Knots: for this project, you're going to need to know three different types of knots and in the pattern, they are designated by an ex, a diagonal arrow pointing to the right and a diagnosed arrow pointing to the left. So I'm gonna show you each of those different types of knots of how it looks using the threat. I just have a black and a white one here just to make it nice and easy for an ex, that will be an overhand knot. So you have your two ends and we're going to make an X just like you're tying your shoes Simple. And you want to just make sure you pull, so each end is about the same length. And for this pattern, that is what an overhand knot looks like. Next, we're going to talk how to do a right hand. Not so That means that your string is going from left to right and you need the not to go to the right and the left string will end up on the right side. So what you do is you make a four. So we're working with these two strings right here. So you make a four kind of like an overhand knot. You know, call the end through the loop and pull up. Gonna do that once you're gonna do that a second time. And now the string that was on the left is now on the right hand side. And the string that was on the right hand side is now on the left hand side. So that is how you do a right hand. Not so taking your left string and moving it to the right side. We also have a left handed. Not so somewhere to the right handed, not accept. We just want to make sure that be right hand string is going to end up on the left hand side. We take our right hand strength going to make a four. Basically, the tail points in the direction that you needed to go and pull up. Do that once and twice. So we've done an overhand knot, a right hand, not in the left hand. Not And there's gonna be times where you're gonna have to pieces in the middle that need to be nodded. And generally we're doing a right hand. Not so it's going towards the right. So I'll show you what that looks like. So we're not. We need this to go on to the right side. You want to make sure that the peace that your um not citing the not up on or the piece that you're sliding, not up on. You wanna hold nice and tight? I'm holding this piece nice and tight. I'm sliding this piece up so you can see overhand knot right hand my left hand in another right hand right in the middle. This is gonna be your basis for following the pattern for making your Mandela. 4. Project Part One: we're going to start with a ring and then we need our seven colors starting with purple. So for purple, we're just going to fold it in half, - and that's what's going to start it. So the first part of the potter calls for and X using might have actually silver white, whatever. - That's part one to the pattern overhand knot, each of the colors. Now we're going to fall. Follow our right hand and left hand not to continue the pattern. So we did that purple. Not next. We're going to take our silver in a purple. Make that four. When you pull the color the next color, you want to make sure that all the other threads are underneath as well. So for yellow, we're gonna go down each of the colors, except we will not. Not the yellow with itself, like we have done with the other colors. - So next after the yellow, we're gonna grow up the green and we're gonna do the same thing. We're gonna go all the way down the chain, and we will not attach the green to itself. And that's the first section. Now we'll just make eight more of those and connect them 5. Project Part Two: now that we have to spires, it is time, Teoh. Connect the pieces and we're going to just use the purple, silver, pink and orange colors. Can that right here? Not And that connects them. And now you're just gonna bring the purple down this way, and then that way, - next we go into the silver. That's what it looks like. So now just make six more of these guys connect seven more of these, and then we'll do the finishing touches. 6. Finishing Touches: So there you have your mandala all connected together and on the ring. And now we just have to trim the strength. And then we'll use a a wood burning tool, actually, to just burn the edges because it's nine long and that will help finish it. And I'll actually show you how to do this little connector right here. So how we're gonna create the top loop as we're gonna take to orange pieces? Yeah. Gonna fold them over. You make two groups they were gonna take are pink piece. You know, people were gonna just keep on doing that. And there you go. There is your loop there is going to go through and trim up all the edges. - I'm just gonna use this wood burning tool here is it Heats up. Gonna burn the edges. Be very careful. These get very hot 7. Final Thoughts: And there you go a finished Makram, a mandala made by you. I really thank you for joining in my class and learning the skills that I have to teach You . Don't forget to stop by and check out other classes that I have and other ones that I'm hoping to post in the future. Don't forget to rate the class and comment about what was your favorite part. Thanks. And I look forward to seeing you again.