In my last post I showed you my felt succulent plant pot and that I was making it for something else. Well, it was because I spotted this macrame set in Hobbycraft!
I’ve done bits of macrame before but this is a set for those looking for some more intermediate challenges. The set comes with a large bundle of macrame cord and four wooden beads, you have to provide the vase yourself.
The first new thing I learnt was a gathering knot to connect the cords to the ring.
After that it’s a series of spiral knots, square knots, and normal knots.
The tutorial said to split the cords evenly, but I find that when doing macrame the center cords don’t get used as much as the left and right, or working, cords. So I split the cords 2/3rds instead.
Once the size of the vase is measured, tie a huge knot below it and insert the vase. And done! I don’t have a dedicated place to hang this yet as I’m still deciding where to put a ceiling hook in, so it is staying on my door handle for now.
I also used some of the leftover cord to make small macrame charms with some extra wooden rings. These can be attached to clips.
I’ve always lived in flats owned by other people, so I never wanted to decorate them or stick things to the walls. However this year I have a house, and that means I can make all the changes I want in the world!
This year I went away, so I only made a few things. The first was a star garland for the wall. I made 8 origami stars out of frosted silver and gold paper, then I threaded some twine through each one. I bought some Command easy wall hooks to hang this up in my room.
Some personal news – I moved house! I finally got out of a flat and into a house. Moving is stressful, but on the positive side, this new place would need decorations. I think I’m good at making stuff, so this was the last thing I made in that flat!
I bought this pack of origami paper a long time ago. It has 10 pretty patterns based on festivals and kimonos. (I used some for my origami earrings already!) Paired with some coloured flat-back pearls, I would make a new eye-catching bouquet!
Here is another model from Tomoko Fuse’s Kusudama origami book that I love following. The name of this model is “Hanagaku Matsuba”, written as 花額松葉 in Kanji. Roughly translated, you get the words “Flower frame” and “Pine needle”, but I wonder what it could be referring to in this case?