What can you make with 960 feet of rope and a broom handle? A macrame wall hanging that a) is heavy, b) will make your fingers sore, and c) will make you smile each time you look at it.
A few weeks ago, I accepted my friend’s challenge to enter a craft into the county fair. Why not support the arts on the most basic level, right? And here’s what I came up with.
And I have to admit, I just love it. Believe it or not, it only consists of 2 basic knot techniques – the Half Hitch knot and the Square knot. For the body, I used mostly Square knots, with rows of Half Hitch knots weaving through. I love the fluidity and motion. Hence its name “Water Dance.”
But my favorite part is the bottom.
To create the twists, I simply tied a row of Square knots and always started the knot on the same side. The technical name for this is the Half Square Knot Spiral, and it’s quite easy to make. Then I tied the ends and frayed the tips.
I plan to hang this in my Midcentury Modern styled Florida condo, and I’m considering painting the wall a dramatic color so the macrame will really pop. For now, however, it’s found a home on a concrete wall in my art studio… where it makes me smile every day.