I’ve had a recent obsession with textiles ever since I took my friend Kellee’s weaving class. Macrame, weaving, crocheting, knitting.. the opportunity to create something with a textile is CRAZY. After messing around with the different textures, colors and weights of yarn I began to re-immerse myself back into the fashion textile world and do some research on textures, types of wools, and what other types other materials you can manipulate by hand to create pretty pieces of art.
Research brought be back around to macrame.
When I was younger, my sister and I used to make lanyards and bracelets out of hemp that we would tie around each other’s wrists. Our favorite was the spiral knot– it amazed me how you could just keep tying knots of each other and they would form a strand of DNA out of rope. Mind blowing, no!?
I discovered that macrame has been seeing some freakishly modern + rad projects involving macrame and knots. Not to mention, the craft is on the cheaper side– you just need twine/cording and your fingers. I love that! It’s awesome seeing what each person can tie knots around to create a beautiful net or basket. I totally wanted in!
Some of my macrame inspiration below:
Low and behold, the birth of the macrame spoon handle. After attacking this spoon handle with some potent red twine I had landing around, I’m so ready to macrame the shit out of EVERYTHING. Maybe a DIY macrame planter or something is in the works next– excited to see where this fun project could take us! Keep on reading to learn how to make your own macrame spoon handle, with the spiral knot of course. What else did you expect?!
– twine, kitchen twine or even macrame cord
– rounded handle spoon
– glue (can totally be hot glue!)
1. I started by cutting about 5 arm lengths of twine from my spool. It will seem like a lot, but that much gave me around 3 inches of macrame knot power. I also only covered half of my spoon handle, just in case whatever I was mixing decided to creep up the spoon. However, this twine is pretty heavy duty and could definitely survive a wash! *Note: you also want a spoon with a rounded handle, square won’t give the same, pretty spiral effect!
2. After figuring out where I wanted the macrame to begin on the handle, I tied a firm, simple knot around the spoon. Cross the left piece OVER the handle, then right piece UNDER the handle and through the loop created. It’s sort of like making hte number “4” with the primary piece and then spoon handle, then taking the other twine piece and feeding in through the empty part to the other side. The photo totally helps! (I’m super visual over here, ha.)
3. Repeat the same knot over and over, making sure each one is nice and tight. You’ll begin to see the spiral start to appear! You will also need to rotate your spoon as you do so to make sure the knots fall in the right place. Every couple of knots, I would stop and check ’em out to see where they were ending up.
4. Once you hit the bottom, tie a square knot and apply a little glue to the knot to keep it firmly in place. This will help avoid any slippage.
5. Aaaaand DONE! Now check out how rad this looks, am I right? I wish I would have just bought a million spoons for the holidays and macraméd them all. I would have paired them with some home made jam as a gift and called in a DAY. Well– there’s always next year (ugh so far away) Now you can use this spoon in style!
What do you want to see macramé take a part in next? I’d love to know and hopefully create a DIY to share with you if you liked this one!