Ever since I taught myself how to macrame last year I haven’t been able to get enough of fiber art, especially if I’m the one making it.
What I love most about this specific wall hanging is that one) It only requires you to know one knot- the larks head and two) it incorporates eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is one of my favorite plants. It’s clarifying, sturdy, and doesn’t require direct light. Also, it’s inexpensive and gorgeous. Check out this other wall hanging I recently did.
To make this guy all you need is:
-A rod, stick or piece of drift wood (as seen above)
– 3-4 eucalyptus branches
-Wires or jute string
To make, tie your string to both ends of your rod so it can be hung and then tie individual pieces of wire or string to the ends of each eucalyptus branch and attach to the branch in the desired arrangement. Simple, right?
But How Do I Make the Other Wall Hanging?
I’ll level with you. This one takes a little more effort than the previous one. Cutting and placing the yarn takes time (this one took me roughly two hours), but it all depends on how big you want your wall hanging to be. Since I live by the Hudson River, it’s easy to scour the area for drift wood which is one of my favorite materials to keep on hand. You do not need to go with drift wood or pick such a rod to anchor your project on. One of the things I like about wall hangings is that they are generally customizable. Once you have the knot down, you’ll find your hands almost automate as you move from piece to piece. To begin, you will need the following:
-Rod, stick or drift wood
BEFORE YOU START
It’s helpful to lay out your pattern before you begin connecting it to your rod. If you’re working on a bigger piece, you may choose to keep part of the branch exposed. This is what I did, not only because I like the additional texture the drift wood brings to the project, but also because the piece of wood I chose measured at 28 inches and had some natural curves in it. To estimate how much yarn I might need, I measured 6 inches in and made a mark with a pencil to let me know where I was going to being my first and last knots.
Another recommendation is that you attach the string or wire you will use to hang your creation. This will make the entire project easier, because you’ll be able to see if some of your strings are too long or need to be redone.
Finally, the length of your wall hanging can be whatever you want. Some prefer their pieces to have a linear bottom, others like creating waves or triangles patterns. Once again, these things are customizable, so make what you feel.
1.Once you’ve decided the look of your wall hanging and it’s length, begin to measure out pieces of string. You can do this in batches or one at a time. They will be folded, so you will have to cut double the length you want it to be. For example, if you want your hanging to be 15 inches long, you will need to cut 30 inches.
2. Holding your piece of string, create a larks head knot around your rod. Repeat this action till your rod is covered with the desired amount of yarn. To learn how to create a larks head knot, watch the above video.
3. Once your wall hanging is covered, connect the eucalyptus branches to the pieces of string using the mini clothespins. When complete, hang in desired location and enjoy.
I’d love to see your wall hangings. If you decide to make this for the holiday, snap a photo and tag me at @theupstateedit on Instagram.
Hudson Valley based writer.