Macrame Wall Hangings

I guess it’s been about a month since I started my addiction to macrame.  In that time, I have managed to complete three wall hangings.  I wanted to share them with you and see what you think.

I did all the workings free-handed and I don’t have any patterns to share since I’m learning as I go.  Also, when I started pricing cotton cording specific for macrame I almost fell over at the cost.  I did order a small amount to work with on my second wall hanging, but material costs have pushed me to look for other mediums for projects.  I’ll give my reviews on the materials as I work with them.

So….what I have learned so far about macrame is that there are only a few basic knots to learn and once you master tying knots and how they come together it’s easy working from there.  You will need something to attach your macrame work on (in my case it is driftwood), you will need your chosen cordage and plan for about triple the amount of your completed piece size; and finally….bring your creativity.  You can add beads, cuffs, feathers, paper cutouts and more!

Alright, let me show you what I’ve made so far:

The first one is a double patterned hanging.  I used nontraditional cording for both sides of the work and I share it with mixed reviews.  I like how cotton clothesline knots straight and clean, but I don’t like the way the bottoms fray when the piece is cut.

The darker side was made using cotton thread I have used for some crochet projects.  I like the way the material holds together and there is no fraying on the ends.  The way I finished the ending knots has created a clumping of cords at the base of the piece, so I don’t love that either.

I guess for this piece my favorite part of it is the beautiful driftwood I used to hold the pieces together.  One of the perks of living by the Delaware River…..lots of free driftwood to work with 🙂

Macrame Double Wall Hanging

My second wall hanging is by far my favorite.  I found this wonderful piece of dark red driftwood with amazing ends on it.  I saved it specifically for working with true cotton cording for macrame.

This piece was made using 100 yards of 3mm natural cotton cord.  It was about $20 for the cord with shipping.  It didn’t take too much time to put together either.  I really do love this piece.  I found a vendor on Amazon that sells the cording from 1mm-6mm in large spools, so when I begin working on larger projects, I can order the cording in any size I need.  I didn’t do a lot of price comparisons, so I would encourage you to shop around if you are thinking about starting macrame projects of your own.

Just look how lovely the piece is:

Macrame Wall Hanging 1

 

Macrame Wall Hanging 1-A

I just love the ends of this driftwood branch!  I also love the color.   It’s not every trip I find driftwood with this color….I wish I did though.

Alright, the third wall hanging I made is for candles or even as another planter/sprout jar.  I wanted to work with jute cording since I can get my hands on it with out having to wait for shipping.  I’ll show you first and then tell you about it.

Jute Cord Candle Holder

So, I thought jute would be painful to work with since the cording has a rough texture to it, but that wasn’t an issue.  The cording works up very nice.  It holds a great knot that looks thick and beautiful.  The piece is sturdy and I can’t wait to put some tea lights in it and light up the porch when the weather gets warmer.

I could see making more jute corded projects, but they will all be for outside.  I don’t know if it was just this brand of jute I worked with or if I can expect all of them to have a putrid petroleum smell.  It was awful…..made me sick to my stomach.  I turned on the fan in the room and it helped, but it was still pretty disgusting.  After I hung it up and took photos, I hurried it out to the porch where three days later it still smells…….a lot.

So, I hope you found the post inspirational and informative.  I am still searching for some wonderful cord options to work with over the next month.  I ordered a bulk supply of rat tail cording in a variety of colors.  I didn’t have any real project in mind, but I hope to find some creative uses for it once I arrives.

If you are working with macrame in any form, I would love to hear your stories of success and failure in your pieces and in your choices of material.  I will be posting more creations this month, so if you aren’t subscribed, click the follow button and make sure you don’t miss a single post.

 

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Last Minute Gift Creation In Under 30 Minutes

With almost no days left to spare I have finished my Christmas creations!!  Most of the time I am up late on Christmas Eve stressing out about finishing up gifts for Christmas morning; which is why this year I am feeling pretty proud of myself!  I can credit my awesome new sewing machine and tons of free patterns for my success.

After getting everyone out the door this morning I sat down to find a project I have been putting off…aka. scrolling Pinterest.  I lost a whole hour drinking coffee and typing in different search words to find some wonderful patterns….maybe too many patterns…

I’m stuck with an idea and I can’t match a pattern with it…..yet…..

While I sort out which object I want to make, I’m going to take a few minutes to share a pattern that I created just this fall for a Travel Mug Cozy.   This pattern is quick, easy and it’s a beginner pattern, so even if you haven’t been working with yarn for long, you can make something beautiful to gift as handmade!

To finish off the beauty of the gift, I’ll provide a link to a printable for wrapping your cozy around.  Just print it on some nice card stock of your choice and it’s ready to go!!

Travel Cup Cozy.jpg

Aren’t they great?!!?

The buttons are part of a multi-pack I bought from Wal-Mart.  The one on the left is wood with painting on it and the other is made from coconut shell.  You can add any kind of embellishment you want.  If you know that the recipient loves flowers, charms, bling or plain; you can add anything to the piece you want to make it unique!

Grab your cotton yarn and your favorite hook…..heck, grab any yarn you have on hand….this pattern will work up right if you stick to the measurements…

Travel Cup Cozy

Cotton Yarn

H Hook

Button or other embellishment

Fabric measuring tape

Tapestry needle

You will need to know the following stitches:

ch-chain

sc-single crochet

dc-double crochet

sl st-slip stitch

*If you choose to work with a smaller yarn thickness or a different sized hook, you will need to adjust your beginning chain.  Chain your beginning chain until your piece measures approximately 3″.  Be sure to turn your piece and begin your work on an odd number (ie., ch 17, turn and begin in 2nd ch from hook).  This way you are working the stitch pattern on an even number of stitches. 

Start:  ch 9.

Row 1:  sc in 2nd ch from the hook, *dc in next stitch, sc in next st*, Repeat to end, ch1, turn.

Row 2:  sc in same st, *dc in next st, sc in next st*, repeat to end, ch1, turn.

*Repeat row 2 until your piece measures 8″ or it fits around your travel mug without too much stretch.  At the end of your last row, ch1, turn.

Last Row:  Bring both ends together and sl st through both your 1st row and your last row at the same time.  Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Align your embellishment to the opposite side of your piece from the seam you created and attach using yarn or embroidery thread with a complimentary color.

That’s it!!!!  Beautiful, right?

Let’s finish the piece with a beautiful printable to wrap it around and gift this baby like we worked on it all day!!!

If you like the cup cozy printable I wrapped my work around, you can find the link here.

This Southern Girl Can has patterns for her cup cozy too and they are beautiful and work up quickly too.  She also has a ton of other patterns and printables, so go check her out and give her some love for the freebies!

If you decide to create some mug cozies of your own, please post some photos below.  I would love to see what you make.  If you notice any problems with the pattern, give me a heads up.  This is one of my first patterns, so I hope you love it as much as I do.

Happy Hooking!!

Basic Bralette

Just in time for summer I have begun crocheting crop tops and bralettes!  It didn’t happen without a little coaxing from Panda who really wanted a cute top this summer that none of her friends would have.  I am so excited to share my work with you!!!  I created this top in one afternoon with just a few yards of cotton yarn I had in my scrap bin.

Panda asked me a few weeks back if I would try a pattern for her that she had picked out.  I looked at the top and although it was lovely, I thought it might be a difficult pattern to create as a first try, so I started super simple and came up with this M/L patterned basic bralette.

What I love about this pattern is that the shape of the bra can remain the same while changing up the bordering around the top will create several unique pieces.  The potential is there, but I have to be honest and say it is not my favorite creation…..yet.

Although the double crochet stitch helps work the pattern up much quicker than the single crochet stitch traditionally used, the spacing was greater than I expected.  Once again the biggest problem I face are my loose stitches.

Now, I may not be in love with the way the front of this top worked up, but I do love the back and the cute little bows used to tie it together.  I may make the ties a bit different when I create another one, but I do really like the way this top looks from the back.Basic Bralette 2

I’m heading back to the drawing board with another bralette pattern in single crochet and if I can get my stitching correct and completed before the end of summer, the bralette and a simple crop top pattern will be some of my first items listed for sale when I am ready to set up shop.

If you want to work up a top along with me, click here for a great pattern with lots of photos provided by From a Thread.  I couldn’t ask for a better tutorial!  Whether you are a beginner or advanced, I am sure this top will turn out lovely.  Happy Hooking!

Shopping, Stitches and Projects

Last week I was able to turn a request from my daughter into a trip to one of my favorite craft stores 🙂  I’d call that a win any day! We spent the better part of a day last week just wandering around looking at all the cute Spring décor and projects the store was displaying.  After putting a decent dent in the budget with a yarnstravaganza, I started working on one of the projects I purchased supplies for. Shopping Trip

The creation my daughter wants is a slightly larger than toddler sized backpack for my granddaughter to use in lieu of a diaper bag.  My granddaughter will be three in just a handful of weeks and she needs something that will carry a few pull-ups, wipes, a change of clothes, a cup, a toy or 10 and maybe a favorite stuffed animal.  The plan is to make something that will grow with her for a little while.  I decided to look up the average sizing for toddler backpacks and adult backpacks and come to a measurement that I hope will be sufficient without being too large for her to carry by herself.

I began the pattern and started writing it out as I was creating it.  I really just got started when I ran out of yarn….it’s the big beautiful skeins of t-shirt yarn and if you have looked locally in your town, I bet you have found the same limited selections I have.  My second trip to the craft store for more of the same yarn I was using proved unsuccessful.  I found yarn, but not in my color and although the accent color would have been great for another project, it would not work for this one, so I had to table this project until my store stocks more some time next week.  When I start this project up again I will be sure to post pictures AND a pattern for you to use and I’m so excited to see how it will turn out.

In the meantime, I lost my cloth bag that I put my sunglasses in, so I needed to replace it quickly before I destroyed my super cute pair of sunglasses for this summer….and a pouch pattern becomes extended into a perfect carrier for my sunglasses and a template for a wonderful woven cross body cellphone bag.  Sunglass Case

This bag seems indestructible because of how tight the weave pattern is.  Nothing…I mean nothing is going to fall out of the sides or between the stitches!  The stitch I used is called the Tunisian Stitch and boy does this stitch feed my OCD!!!!  I’m going to post a link to the tutorial for this slightly complicated stitch.  I would consider it at the very least an intermediate stitch to learn and work with.  The sunglass case I made is small enough that you won’t need the special hook that the tutorial call for, but you will need it if you love this stitch like I do and want to do larger projects…(I’m working on a purse for my daughter already!!)

I hope you grab some scrap yarn and just give this a try.  You might be surprised at how easy it is to pick up and work.  The woven pattern assures that you won’t drop a stitch…at least not without knowing it.   If you do make anything, I’d love to hear about it and see your work, so message me in the comments below.  Happy Hooking!!

Summer Teal Cross Body Bag

My obsession with pouches has moved on to the next level!  Over the pasSummer Purse Teal-Multi 4t month I have been trying some different stitch styles attempting to design a functional hand bag that would also be so uniquely mine.  It had to be a bag I would be excited to show the world.  After several near hits and a few miserable fails, I am thrilled to share this Summer  Cross Body  Bag.

I chose a cotton yarn because I thought that would be a great medium for a summer item.  Also, I tend to stitch loosely, so the cotton yarn should offer some stability and a little less stretch.  I do think that this bag would be beautiful no matter the yarn chosen.

 

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