Back again! This time with a crafty post, which is wayy more in my comfort zone than personal posts…
Yesterday I tried my hand out at macrame necklace making and dyeing for the first time! And I love how it turned out! Here’s how you can make one of your own:
What you need:
-A piece of leather lace (long enough to tie and slide over your head)
How to do it:
-Cut 8 pieces of cotton string about 3 ft. long.
-Fold each string in half and attach to the leather with a lark’s head knot. (Shown in the first image.)
-I would recommend taping the untied leather down tightly across a table so that the top of your necklace won’t move around.
-The rest of this pattern will basically just use square knots. You should have 16 strings hanging down, think of them in sets of four. To create a square knot, take the first set of four on the left side and cross string #1 over #2 & 3 and under #4 then take #4 and loop it under #1 on the right side, continue under #3 & 2 and then come out over #1 on the left side. Now tighten this to the top – holding #2 & 3 tightly will help. Then take #1 (which is now on the left side) and go over #3 & 2 and under #4 then take #4 and loop it under #1 on the left side, continue under #3 & 2 and then come out over #1 on the right side. And tighten this to the top as you did before. A square knot!
-I used alternating square knots on the top. A square knot for strings 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16 for the first row, strings 3-6 and 11-14 for the second row, strings 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16 for the third row, strings 3-6 7-10, 11-14 for the fourth row, strings 5-8 and 9-12 for the fifth row, and strings 7-10 for the sixth row.
-Then I tied a few random knots on the strings left hanging and trimmed the bottom.
-Tie the leather lace so that it fits over your head and you can slide the knots along the top a bit closer if you would like.
-I used RIT box dye and follow the stovetop instructions for heating the water & dye. The I dipped the necklace down into the water as high as I wanted the dye to go. Then I pulled it out a little bit and tied it to the pot handle and let it soak a little longer. I continued to pull it up a little bit every 5 -10 minutes to get a slight ombre look.
-Rinse it out and let it dry.