Marisa found this macrame curtain on Pinterest and thought it would be cute in miniature, as a wall hanging. After a little research, I learned that macrame is totally DIY-able! All it takes is some kitchen twine (or rope, depending on the size of your project) and a few well-placed knots. Below is the how-to for our mini dream-catcher-y wall hanging. I'd love to make a bigger one and hang it as a headboard of sorts above my bed!
According to MacrameLovers.com (yes, there is such a website)...this is called an alternating square knot pattern.
1. Tie your string into groups of 4. In the case of the wall hanging, I used two pieces of string for each group, folded over the stick and tied into a knot, which you can see in the photo above these directions. Each string was about 2 feet long (folded in half, so that the bunches of string were about 1 foot long). For the sake of clarity, I used different colored strings in the how-to photos. Pull the two middle strings taught - these two won't move for the duration of your first knot.
Make a square knot:
2. Pull the right string (blue) over the two middle strings.
3. Pull the left string (yellow) over the tail of the 1st string, under the two middle strings, under the loop of the 1st string and through that loop to the front.
4. This is your first half of the knot - tighten a bit to see where it will land. You control where your knot will end up by how high or low you pull it.
5. To complete the knot, you repeat steps 2 through 4, but in reverse. So now, you start on the left instead of right. So pull the left string (now blue) over the two middle strings.
6. Pull the right string (now yellow) over the tail of the 1st string, under the two middle strings, under the loop of the 1st string, and through this loop to the front.
7. This is your completed knot. Pull it tight however high or low you want it to be (in this case, about 2 inches below the top).
That's it, as far as knotting goes - to complete the pattern, you just use this same square knot over and over with different groups of string.
8. Make one knot as described above in each bunch of string. In the case of the wall hanging, I used 6 bunches of string. As you work from one bunch to the next, keep checking to see that you're spacing the knots at the same distance from the top each time. For the purpose of these how-to photos, I showed only two bunches of string. You could do as many bunches across as you like.
9. Now re-group your string so that you take the 2 rightmost pieces from the left group and the 2 leftmost pieces from the right group to make a new bunch of 4 in the middle.
10. Continue the same square knot as shown insteps 1-7. The middle two pieces stay still. Pull Right over (step 2), Left under and through (step 3), then Left over (step 5), Right under and through (step 6).
11. Pull the knot taught at the spacing you want.
Continue for as many rows and columns as you desire, alternating from the original bunches to the new shared bunches, back to the original bunches. In the wall hanging, I completed 9 alternating rows of knots, each about 1" under the row above.
Hope that's clear. Once you get the basic knot down, it's easy as pie, promise.
(all photos, Jamie Grill Photography)