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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It contains everything you need to make this pattern.

Series of Air Plant Forward Facing Hanger tutorials

Each week I will be bringing you a new free step by step air plant hanger tutorial. To get notifications of my new tutorials, become a member. As a member you will be directly supporting my channel and as a thank you, I will give you early release preview of my patterns before public viewers. It costs less than buying me a coffee and it supports my channel directly to bring quality beginners step by step tutorials for unique designs.

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

Each week I will be bringing you a new free step by step air plant hanger tutorial. To get notifications of my new tutorials, become a member. As a member you will be directly supporting my channel and as a thank you, I will give you early release preview of my patterns before public viewers. It costs less than buying me a coffee and it supports my channel directly to bring quality beginners step by step tutorials for unique designs.

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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Macrame Keychain Pattern – Tutorial Series

Keychains, Tutorials
Learn the basic macrame knots through step by step, easy and quick to finish projects – keychains, bag charms and other mini macrame.

Basic Knots

Square knot, Half square knot, wrapping knot and half hitch knot are the basic knots the underpin all large macrame art too. Once you can master them in mini projects, your equipped to explore your creative expression in bigger projects.

Free macrame patterns

Subscribe to find out how to make all the patterns seen above. Great for children as well as adults, complete beginner level tutorials.