22nd November 2013
I’m always on the lookout for slightly different holiday decorations, and because we live in a tiny apartment, decorations that economise on space are a bonus. You may remember a little while ago May of Himo Art gave us the down low on creating our own modern macrame wall hanging, and I’m very happy to have her back showing us how to create a simple macrame holiday decoration. We were inspired by her the incredible creations in her store, but created a simple version for the tutorial that shouldn’t take you more than half an hour to complete. Enjoy!
You will need:
- Three colors of Yarns
- Five 46cm (18″) long ropes
- A wooden dowel
1. Start with a from Reverse Larks Head knot with rope on the dowel.
2. To do this know, fold the rope in half and bring the ends towards you, passing through the fold.
3. Repeat four more times.
4. Decide the length of the coloured wool and cut the yarn.
5. Using a Larks Head knot, attach the first piece of yarn onto the loop.
6. You want to add a total of eight pieces of yarn using this technique.
7. This is what it should look like once you have added the yarn.
8. With one piece of yarn, do a wrapped knot onto the two ends.
9. It should look like this.
10. Unravel the rope.
11. Flip the dowel and add another wrapped knot to the top of the lark’s head rope knot.
12. Push the rope to the top.
It should look like this.
14. Repeat with different colours for all the rope.
16. Trim to desired length.
Tutorial created by May of HimoArt for A Pair & A Spare
17th September 2013
Over the last couple of months I’ve become obsessed with packaging, something I rarely noticed in the past has become an almost addiction – I find myself loitering in the boutique supermarkets here in hong kong ooohing and ahhing over french soup cans… weird I know. When it comes to the perfect package, it’s all about how it represents the product itself, and so what better way to package up beautiful handmade pieces than with equally love-intensive packaging? My friend Megan (she of the amazing macrame necklace) recently shared with me her process for creating the gorgeous handmade swingtags she puts on her rope bags, and I couldn’t help but share. Read on to see how she does it!
I have to say that the imperfect design and feel of these swing tags is what, to me, makes them so perfect!
Images thanks to Knots & Knits
22nd August 2013
Perhaps I was a french sailor in a past life but anything nautical feels so right to me. My closet is filled up to the brim with everything striped and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The addition of a little bit of rope to an already sea faring outfit could be a cliche, but what can I say, it just works. AND when that rope has a little bit o’ sparkle? Well let’s be honest it’s one of those horse and carriage situations.
- Cotton rope
- Scissors (love these)
- Some sort of statement crystal embellishment (you can get one here)
- 2 end caps
- 2 jump rings
- a lobster clasp
- jewelry tools
- thread matching your rope
- a needle
Or you can buy the kit here.
1. Start by cutting your rope to size and then putting some glue into the end caps.
2. Press the rope end into the end cap.
3. Leave to dry overnight.
4. Line up the leaf charm in the centre of the necklace.
5. Thread your needle and tie a knot on the end. Line up the needle with the end of the charm.
6. Sew through the hole and back again, securing the charm and the rope together.
7. Take the thread back through and continue to sew the charm onto the rope, passing through the rope each time so it is nice and secure.
8. Once you get to the end, pass through the eye and to the back of the rope.
9. Knot and trim the thread.
10. Finally, open a jump ring and add a lobster clasp.
11. Secure with plyers to one eye on the end cap.
12. Add a jump ring to the other end cap to complete the necklace.
Have you checked out all the kits I designed? I’m having a fun time creating more and can’t wait to share.
Imagery by Sabrina Sikora.