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Make a Macrame Wall Hanging

Designed by Isabella Strambio, this project makes the perfect addition for boho-inspired interior.

With its dense texture, flowy fringing, sharp angles and contrasting colours, this modern macramé wall hanging will make a stunning standout piece for any home.

This project is taken from Weekend Makes: Macramé curated by Steph Booth with the kind permission of GMC Publications, RRP £14.99, available online, in the Yodomo Online Bookshop, and all good bookshops.

Please note this project requires experienced skill in macrame. If you would like to learn, or want to refresh your skills, pick up a copy of the book today.

Macrame wall hanging against a pink wall

What you'll need

  • 23½in (60cm) long wooden dowel rod or stick
  • 100yd (92m) of 1/4in (5mm) single twist cotton cord in natural 
  • 573/4yd (53m) of 1/4in (5mm) single twist cotton cord in teal 
  • Tape measure
  • Sharp scissors 
  • Tapestry needle

KNOTS AND TECHNIQUES

  • Lark’s head knot
  • Square knot
  • Double half hitch knot
  • Vertical double half hitch knot

PREPARATION

Cut the following lengths of natural cord:

10 x 78in (2m)
16 x 3½yd (3m)
6 x 33/4yd (3.6m)
2 x 39in (1m)

Cut the following lengths of teal cord:

12 x 78in (2m)
5 x 57in (1.5m)
15 x 48in (1.3m)
2 x 39in (1m)

FINISHED SIZE

Length: approximately 38in (96.5cm), excluding the dowel 

Width: approximately 15in (38cm)

Duo-toned macrame wall hanging against a pink wall, with numbers indicating which part of the hanging corresponds to which step.

Method

  1. Tie 32 natural cords onto the dowel rod using lark’s head knots. Work from left to right. First, tie the 78in (2m) long cords, then the 3½yd (3m) and finally the 33/4yd (3.6m).
  2. Starting from the left, make nine rows of alternating square knots, ending
    with a line of 16 square knots.
  3. Next, put aside the first two cords on the left and make a line of 15 square knots.
  4. Continue by putting aside the first two cords every time you start a new row of square knots, until you have 39 rows of alternating square
    knots in total, and the last row only has one square knot.
  5. Use one 39in (1m) natural cord as a guide cord, and tie a diagonal line of double half hitch knots with all your cords, working from left to right.
  6. Use the second 39in (1m) natural cord as a second guide cord and tie another line of double half hitch knots with all your cords, working from left to right. Add the guide cord from Step 5 on the diagonal line of double half hitch knots.
  7. Starting from the left, put aside the two ends of the guide cords and the first cord from the diagonal line of double half hitch knots. 
  8. Take the first 78in (2m) long teal cord, and tie a vertical double half hitch knot onto the second and third natural cords, making sure the two ends of the teal cord are equal in length.
  9. Continue tying the 78in (2m) long cords onto two natural colour cords at the same time.
  10. Once you have tied all the 78in (2m) long teal cords, tie the 57in (1.5m) long teal cords and then the 48in (1.3m) long teal cords, tying them onto two natural cords at the same time, as in Step 9.
  11. Use a 39in (1m) teal cord as a guide cord, and tie a diagonal line of double half hitch knots with all the teal cords, working from left to right.
  12. Use the last 39in (1m) cord as a second guide cord and tie another diagonal line of double half hitch knots with all your cords, working from left to right. Add the guide cord from Step 11 onto the diagonal line of double half hitch knots.
  13. Measure the height of the nine rows of alternating square knots at the top left (it should be approximately 4–5in [10–12cm]), and cut the last teal cord on the right to match.
  14. Cut the rest of the cords, mirroring the angle of the double half hitch knots, to create
    the fringing.
  15. Turn your macramé over, so that the wrong side is facing up, and trim the guide cords and all the natural cords to about 2in (5cm) and, with the help of a tapestry needle, tuck them behind one or two knots.

TIPS

You can be playful with the colours for this project and use different coloured cords that complement the scheme of your interior. You could also make a pair of wall hangings by swapping the colours and mirroring the pattern.

Your Finished Wall Hanging

Congratulations! You have now completed your macrame wall hanging, and it looks fabulous. We'd love to show your masterpiece to our community. Upload an image to Instagram and tag @yodomo.co or hashtag #yodomomakes, and we'll share it with our followers.

Want to try your hands at even more macrame creations? Pick up a copy of Macrame: 25 Quick and Easy Projects to Make online from the Yodomo Bookshop today.

Book cover for Macrame Weekend Makes

Weekend Makes: Macramé curated by Steph Booth, GMC Publications, RRP £14.99, available online and from all good bookshops.

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