How to measure rope for macrame

Blog, Tips and Advice

If you have the macrame bug and are finding yourself wanting to try lots of new macrame projects, you are probably going to want to speed up the process of measuring and cutting rope. Whether your following a pattern or just free styling a project, you will likely need to be measuring a few meters at a time and you may not even have a meter long ruler. So I am sharing with you how I measure rope quickly and easily every time without needing to reach for a ruler or measuring tape with every cut.

If you are freestyling a project and are looking for advice on how to estimate how much rope you need for these projects, this is another topic I can share some tips and advice that I have picked up along the way with you in a separate post/video.

Using body measures

Using body measures is a great way to measure a lot of rope quickly. You only need to measure it once, maybe a couple of times if you really want to be sure and then rest assured that measurement will be the same everytime you use that body measure.

So what do I mean by body measure, well my Mum’s advice from when she was a tailoress was to measure the length from her extended arm to her nose. Be creative and work with a measure that is easy for you to keep the maths simple.

I am lucky that the measure I use from my fingers to my opposite shoulder, arm fully extended measures exactly 1m (39.3 inches). This is a great round measure as I can fold in half to get 50cm or again for 25cm and do all kinds of simple combinations for common lengths that I measure for projects.

You could try some of these body length measures:

  • Arm extended, fingers to first shoulder
  • Arm extended, fingers to opposite shoulder
  • Arm extended, fingers to the centre of your collar bone
  • Arm extended, fingers to your nose (my mum always turned her head away – maybe it will add a few extra centimetres to make a nice round number for you)
  • Both arms fully extended, I’ve not tried this myself as my limbs are quite long and I think this would measure too much for me. But give it a try if the others are not working out for you.

The best thing is that once you measure these up with a measuring tape once – the length is unlikely to change at all if you are using the same technique every time. It took me a while to trust it with repeat measuring and my workshop and school class students have tested me on it before. It works for me every time.

I’d love to know what you think if you give it a try. Let me know if you have any other suggestions or have any other questions about measuring rope that you would like answered that I could cover in another tips and advice video.

Glass bowl air plant hanger- Pattern 2

Air Plant Glass Bowl Display, Plant Hangers, Tutorials

Today I am bringing you another glass bowl air plant hanger design where we will be using alternating half hitches to create a neat snug basket at the bottom of a long straight drop.

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DIY Kits and PDF written patterns

These Air Plant holders work best with glass bowls and can be purchased on my shop in a DIY kit with a full written PDF pattern, rope, wooden ring and glass bowl.

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A Kit has everything you need in it

Knots used:

  • Wrapping knot
  • Square knot
  • Alternating Half hitch knot

If you want to practice more of these basic knots take a look at my quick beginners projects playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/c/craftedbyceri

Materials:

  • 1 wooden ring
  • 3.5cm/1.4inches wide – 1 x 10cm/4 inch diameter glass bowl
  • 5mm twisted cotton cord 18.2m / 226.4inches
  • 100cm / 39.4inches to make wrapping knot
  • 6 x 270cm / 106.3 inches
  • 100cm / 39.4inches to make wrapping knot

You can use a different plant pot by tailoring the adjustments to the size of your pot. If you decide to make one, please share a picture and your comments with me here or on my social media:

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Glass Bowl Air Plant Hanger – Pattern 1

Air Plant Glass Bowl Display, Plant Hangers, Tutorials

Learn how to make this gorgeous Macrame Air Plant, find below a complete list of materials, knots needed, tips, step by step instructions in my free video tutorial and fully written PDF pattern.

It’s all about the DNA spiral twist!

This Glass Bowl Air Plant Hanger design is so appealing to me because I love the DNA spiral (otherwise known in macrame language as the half square knot). This design features a really thick spiral suspended from a wrapped ring, with a honeycomb hexagon shape opening – a real eye catcher.

I have to admit that I kind of accidentally stumbled across this design through experimenting with a few ideas I had in my mind to house a glass bowl in a plant hanger. I was mostly concerned about the glass bowl being in the hanger securely with the forward facing tilt feature. I’ve seen a fair few of pictures on Pinterest and Insta that may look nice for an photoshoot but don’t seem practical or secure enough because of how much open space there is the basket for the glass bowl to drop out if tampered with.

So by doing a few larks head knots to join the back to the front, I came up with this beautiful hexagon shaped opening which is just beautiful. I will share with you step by step how to make this beautiful, unique air plant hanger.

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Series of Air Plant Forward Facing Hanger tutorials

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Materials

  • 1 wooden ring – 3.5cm/1.4inches wide
  • 1 x 10cm/4 inch diameter glass bowl
  • 5mm twisted cotton cord 830cm / 326.8 inches
    • 115cm / 45.2inches to wrap the wooden ring
    • 200cm / 78.7inches as the inner cords (you do not need to waste extra rope on inner cords which are not used to knot as much)
    • 400cm / 157.5inches as the outer working cord (for the beautiful spiral knot)
    • 115cm / 45.2inches to make wrapping knot

Macrame Knots

  • Half Hitch Knot
  • Half square knot
  • Square knot
  • Wrapping knot
  • Larks head knot

TIPS

Knot with relaxed shoulders at a height that is comfortable and once the knot is formed, then tighten up by gently tugging upwards.

Take your time removing any slack so that you can get a really snug fit of your glass bowl in the plant hanger.

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Full Video tutorial – DIY Macrame Air Plant Hanger – Glass Bowl Forward Facing Spiral Twist Design

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Glass Bowl Air Plant Hangers Tutorial Series

Air Plant Glass Bowl Display, Plant Hangers, Tutorials

Looking for a great way to display air plants? A beautiful and unique way to make a terrarium? I’m currently working on bringing you a series of my top selling air plant hangers.

Unique Air Plant Forward Facing Hanger tutorial

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They are personally one of my favourite designs I created through just having fun experimenting with a custom order.

I was presented with 5 globe shaped coffee glasses and asked to make hangers to display her daughters air plants she so dearly cares for. I was given full creative freedom, my favourite type of custom order.

I came up with so many different ways of displaying the glass bowls in a unique design so they were facing outwards so the air plants can be seen in all their beauty and they can be removed in and out for their weekly pampering (a little soak in some water).

I hope your excited about these as much as I am.

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How to make a Macrame Owl

Macrame Owl, Tutorials

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Beginners DIY macrame Owl pattern

A little Owl fact to get started that I picked up at the library when they had a bird display event with the most gorgeous Barn Owl;

Owls have excellent hearing with their ears located at the sides of their head behind their eyes and are covered by the feathers on their face. The “Ear Tufts” visible on some species are not actually ears at all, but simply a beautiful display of feathers.

Easy beginners DIY macrame Owl tutorial

As promised, here is a DIY Macrame Owl Tutorial which is suitable for beginners as it uses all the basic simple knots that we have been covering over the past few weeks in the series of keychain tutorial. If you haven’t seen these yet, check them out in the Macrame tutorials section. They are easy, step by step patterns and quick to complete which is always a great thing for a confidence boost when your first starting out.

Don’t worry about my plaster in the video, its not a macrame injury! I just had a small burn from the kitchen which is healing perfectly! There are many variations you can do to mix up the style and look of your owl. I’d love to hear back from you about what you think of this tutorial and if you would like to build on these skills to do more macrame animal patterns.

Materials

  • 1 medium/large wooden ring
  • Eyes – 2 small wooden rings or keyrings or metal rings
  • Eyes/Nose – 3 x wooden beads
  • Perch – Stick/wooden dowl/wooden ring
  • Body – 8 x 3.5m cotton 3mm cord
  • Tufts – 3 x 25cm cotton 3mm cord
  • Optional brush to straighten tassel (Any brush is suitable)

MACRAME KNOTS

  • Larks Head Knot
  • Square Knot
  • Alternating Square Knots
  • Double Half Hitch Knot
  • Cumulative Double Half Hitch Knot

TIPS

Use firm twisted cord if possible as it will help the wings to stay firm in position, otherwise cord can be sprayed with a fabric stiffener.

Remove slack when you tighten your square knots so it looks neat and uniform, especially for the alternating square knots.

Double half hitch tightly and as closely together by pushing them up with you fingers, that way you won’t have any gaps.

Spray or dab water on the tassel after unravelling and oat flat and straight to get an extra straight brush. Give you tassel a pamper and you’ll get great results!

Macrame Owl pattern with step by step video tutorial.

Full Video tutorial – How to make a DIY Macrame Owl

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A beautifully designed macrame keychain with alternating squares that is quick and easy to make.

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DIY Macrame Keychain – alternating squares

Keychains, Tutorials

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Materials

  • 1 Keyring (I used a D loop keyring with lobster clasp)
  • 4 x 160cm 3mm cotton cord
  • 1 x 80cm 3mm cotton cord
  • Scissors
  • Optional brush to straighten tassel (Any brush is suitable)

MACRAME KNOTS

  • Larks Head Knot
  • Square Knot
  • Alternating Square Knots
  • Double Half Hitch Knot
  • Cumulative Double Half Hitch Knot

TIPS

Remove slack when you tighten your square knots so it looks neat.

Double half hitch tightly and as closely together by pushing them up with you fingers, that way you won’t have any gaps.

Spray or dip tassel in water after unravelling to get an extra straight brush. Give you tassel a pamper and you’ll get great results!

A beautifully designed macrame keychain with alternating squares that is quick and easy to make.

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Berry knot diamond keychain tutorial

Keychains, Tutorials
A stunning triple josephine knot keychain tutorial to master yet another macrame knot.

Materials

  • 1 Keyring (I used a D loop keyring with lobster clasp)
  • 4 x 150cm 3mm cotton cord
  • Scissors
  • Optional brush to straighten tassel (Any brush is suitable)

MACRAME KNOTS

  • Larks Head Knot
  • Double Half Hitch Knot
  • Berry Knot – (you need to know how to do a square knot)

TIPS

Tug down on the middle cords of your square knot to make sure you remove any slack and your berry knot appears neat every time.

Spray or dip tassel in water after unravelling to get an extra straight brush. Give you tassel a pamper and you’ll get great results!

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set of stylish macrame keychains

Josephine Knot Keychain Tutorial

Keychains, Tutorials
A stunning triple josephine knot keychain tutorial to master yet another macrame knot.

Materials

  • 1 Keyring (I used a D loop keyring with lobster clasp)
  • 3 x 150cm 3mm cotton cord
  • 1 x 50cm 3mm cotton cord
  • Scissors
  • Optional brush to straighten tassel (Any brush is suitable)

MACRAME KNOTS

  • Larks Head Knot
  • Josephine Knot
  • Wrapping Knot

TIPS

Flatten out any cross overs of cord as you go along to keep a nice neat, twist free finish.

Spray or dip tassel in water after unravelling to get an extra straight brush. Give you tassel a pamper and you’ll get great results!

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Macrame Diamond Keychain Tutorial

Keychains, Tutorials
Learn how to make a classic macrame diamond in this quick and easy keychain tutorial.

Materials

  • 1 Keyring (I used a D loop keyring with lobster clasp)
  • 3 x 150cm 3mm cotton cord
  • Scissors
  • Optional brush to straighten tassel (Any brush is suitable)

MACRAME KNOTS

  • Larks Head Knot
  • Double Half Hitch Knot
  • Square Knot

TIPS

Spray or dip tassel in water after unravelling to get an extra straight brush. Give you tassel a pamper and you’ll get great results!

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Square Knot Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

Keychains, Tutorials
Easy adjustable friendship bracelet, all you need is some rope – it is made from JUST ONE piece of cotton cord.

Materials

  • 1 x 200 cm 3mm cotton cord
  • Scissors

Macrame Knots

  • Square Knot

TIPS

Don’t tighten up your square knots too quickly otherwise the middle cords will bunch up and you might think you have knotted incorrectly. Take your time and pull gently upwards to reduce the friction which causes bunching!

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