Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- Bulldog clip
Macramé is a skill derived from the Arabian subcontinent. It is believed to have taken form in the thirteenth century as a way to embellish woven rugs and tapestries. Today, it is commonly used to make household items and jewelry, such as friendship bracelets and anklets. Macramé is a craft that requires few supplies and allows you to practice a variety of knots while making decorative and functional items in the process.
Measure the circumference of your ankle.
Cut four pieces of twine three times the circumference of your ankle.
Knot all four strands together 1 inch from the end.
Clip the strands to a sturdy surface like a clipboard or the edge of a table. Use a bulldog clip to hold the strands. This stabilizes the anklet while you knot it.
Lay the strands flat next to each other. For ease of explanation, number the strands according to their starting position. The strand furthest to your left is strand number 1. The next is strand number 2. The third is number 3. The strand on the right is number 4.
Hold strand number 1 loosely. Cross strand number 1 over the center strands (2 and 3). Slide strand 1 under strand 4. Leave space between the strands, at least large enough for another piece of twine to slide through the knots.
Slide strand 4 under the center two strands. Bring strand 4 through the loop created by strand 1 when it was crossed over the center two strands.
Tighten the knots created by looping strands 1 and 4 over each other and the center strands.
Bring strand 1 over the center two strands. Pass strand 1 under strand 4.
Cross strand 4 under the center two strands and through the loop created by the first strand.
Tighten the knots created by weaving in strands 1 and 4.
Continue knotting by sliding strands 1 and 4 over and under the center two strands. Knot until your anklet is the same length as the circumference of your ankle.
Knot the end of the anklet to secure the macramé. Tie the anklet around your ankle securely.
Add decorative beads by sliding them onto the center two strands before knotting strands 1 and 4. Continue knotting around the beads. You can also add bells, buttons or other charms to the anklet in this manner.
Experiment with different knots. Any number of knots can be used as decoration when making a macramé anklet.
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- "Needlework Through History"; Catherine Amoroso Leslie; 2007
- "Teach Yourself Visually Jewelry Making & Beading"; Chris Franchetti Michaels; 2007
- "Make Your Own Friendship Bracelets"; Kate Mason, Dew Mason; 1997
- twine image by Aleksandr Lobanov from Fotolia.com