My best friend in the world lived 3 doors down from me and growing up we were always at each others places. Her dad was a seaman, in the merchant navy as a young maltese man and later a tug hand and he had the most amazing talent for macrame with ships rope - I mean really, really good, he could take a piece of ugly rope and turn it into an amazing planter holder or a doormat or a myriad of other things. I so wish I had photos because you'd be impressed too.
Anyway, I used to watch him making and somewhere along the line I had a crack at it too. I don't think I ever made anything particularly useful but I kept the basic knots locked away in my brain and in recent years have had the opportunity to drag them out and make bracelets and necklaces with an 'organic' and nature based leaning. They're so easy and quick to make, I thought I would share some of the basics ....
You will need ...
- some plain cotton cord, or hemp cord, or waxed cord, even thin leather cord, at a pinch you can even use string or gardening twine!
- some large holed beads, I've used indian matte glass 'congo beads', wooden beads work well.
|Do a simple knot|
|Keeping your short lengths on the inside - your working cords are the two outside lengths|
|Take your right cord under the middle two and over the left cord|
|Your left cord then goes over the middle cords and through the right loop, and tighten both cords. Keep going with the same technique which will start to form a natural spiral.|
|To add a bead, simply slide onto the two middle cords and continue knotting as before|
|Want to do a different, flat style of knotting? Do your usual right under middle over left, left over middle through right as you have been.|
|Your next knot will be left under middle over right, right over middle through left.|
|Alternate the knots and the cord will remian flat and not spiral.|
|Not long enough for a bracelet as this was just my sample piece showing the different aspects, but you get the idea!|