Hey Makers and Aficionados out there! We are in full swing of the shopping season in the US. I know I have readers all over so just wanted to make sure to delineate that. The holidaze are here!
Maybe your’re shopping for the Holidays or maybe you’re making! Me, I bought a couple of local gifts at the Flea Off Market in Louisville today and beyond a couple of gifts of thanks to my son’s Teachers, that’s a wrap. 🎁 I’m outside of the mainstream as far as holiday stuff goes but that doesnt mean I don’t have something available for you to gift to yourself or the knotter in your life. Heck, even crocheters or embroidery artisans.
I have Tees available in my Etsy, and they are perfect gifts! Available in Sage Green and Mauve here . I’d love it if you drop by and purchase a Tee, especially if you like tbe blog. I’ve been doing the blog for basically no $$ and it could help me continue to offer free patterns and DIYs.
So, tomorrow, consider a Tee for the maker in your life, or just to display your “knotty” lifestyle. Otherwise, I’ll have to resort to ads and, well, they kinda ruin everything. But no matter what, keep it knotty!
Hello, Hello! Another day to tie the knot or a knot! I woke up today wanting to macrame. Actually, more pointedly, I woke up wanting to finish shooting the current macrame video for my YouTube. Have you checked it out yet? If not, why knot? Ha.
No seriously, why knot? 🪢 Why did you click on this blog? Most likely because you came across my #1 post “5 Fantastic Uses for Macrame”. It outstats any other post I’ve ever done. And it makes sense. We all want the things we create to be useful. That’s why I wrote it. Plus, I’m an ideas person.
But let’s chat a bit. Imagine us by a fireplace, cozied up with some hot chocolate. ☕️ Why take up or learn macrame? Well, I have 5 reasons for you.
5. It’s perfect for the home. Yes, I’m sure many of us got into macrame because we saw a beautiful wall hanging or macrame plant hanger. We were enchanted by the intricate knots or the structure of the rope, how it seamlessly gave a bohemian vibe. Or knotical (the puns keep on coming! 😊). We love seeing plants suspended in mid air.
4. We love to learn new crafts. Macrame is an age old craft and has enriched many lives over centuries. It originated in the Middle East and means “fringe” in Arabic, which I think I’ve mentioned before. If you are like me, and I’m guessing some of you are, you get “shiny sparkly object” syndrome with the possibility of a new craft. (Ps be sure to check out my punch needle disaster on the latest eitm video podcast). Macrame is no different in our quests to learn All The Crafts.
3. It’s portable. Macrame is easy to take with you and do on the go depending on how big your project is. Micro macrame, like a beautiful bracelet, can be done on a car trip to Grandma’s. You can whip up one of my mini macrame plant hangers on your vacation trip. All you need is rope, scissors, macrame board and t pins. Easy breezy.
2. It’s useful There are so many ways that we can use macrame everyday. From macrame toilet paper holders, macrame picture frames, macrame fruit holders and cat hammock. These are just to name a few. The possibilities are endless. Plus, it is so inexpensive to begin your knot journey.
1. It’s meditative Tyingmacrame knots can be such a peaceful and calming endeavor I’ve found. Knot after knot, you are holding concentrated attention on making knot perfection and creating your design. Hours go by, and a majestic piece is born. When I feel stressed sometimes, I use it as a release. Have you found this to be true of macrame as well? I’d love to know! Sound off with a comment. 😊
There you have my 5 reasons, as a knot aficionado and knot artist of now 6 years. I have gone from making large scale wall hangings for restaurants in CA to Custom Burning Man outfits. And I continue to enjoy this ancient craft in it’s many forms.
Hi Readers! Mis companeros! How’s it going out there in the Internets? Making anything special? Is anyone out there? 🤣 Just Kidding. I know you all are out there thanks to google stats.
Anyhow, figured I’d pop in to tell those who havent subscribed to my YouTube 📺 channel (Ellainthe Moon) that there is another tutorial available. It’s part macrame and part braiding.
In the tutorial which you can access here, I show you how to make a DIY Braided Stone Display for your window or car rearview mirror. It’s a great way to infuse your environment with positive stone energies.
I know many folks believe in the inherent energy in stones and sometimes have them tuned to certain ailments or wishes. Or some just find them beautiful💎. So, for whatever reason you have stones, I give you an unique way to display them.
The great thing about this DIY is it takes very little time and requires few materials. But, I aint gonna lie, the 4 strand braid is kinda hard to get down. Go see for yourself. And thanks for reading.
It’s November. You’re probably already aware of this though. We wound our clocks and hours back for daylight savings time in parts of the US, where I reside. The air is warm here, but a crispness has set in. The leaves are carpeting our paths. November makes me pensive, poetic and sleepy. An exhaustion seeps in with the shortening of days. I become a 🐻 bear basically.
Hibernation is renewal. And a molting of sorts. Shedding old for new. I’m only speaking metaphorically not literally. I am continuing my blog, but really, I need to be more dedicated with pattern creation and posting. Some people are so capable, organized and routinely, I am none of these things. I create in spurts and go through days and weeks of malaise. And it shows in my stats. Trying to make a livelihood out of blogging and creating is a tantamount task, not for the inconsistent.
So, with that being said, til 1/1/22, I am not longer a slow burn with this blog, my creating or pattern-writing. I am an ablaze, unrelenting, pattern-designing, blog-posting, YouTube-creating maker on a mission. Won’t you join me?
Hi! It’s Halloween today! We made it! Haha. Not sure what that means but there is truly nothing wrong with rejoicing upon making it to another day. Plus, I’m all about fall. Changing the subject now, how about some pumpkin photos!
A little information on the above photo, we went to Louisville’s Jack O Lantern Spectacular and it did not disappoint! Over 5000 jack o lanterns artistically carved and painted. Artists used the theme “TV through the Years” as inspo and oh goodness, I’ve never been so enchanted. Walking through Iroquois park at night, alit with thousands of amazing pumpkins will be a time I always remember. It helped me get over a deep disappointment.
Even though I didnt meet my goal (thanks debilitating illness), I did still create and share three new pumpkin patterns this past month. So that’s not nothing, right? Below you will see what was supposed to be my 4th pumpkin pattern of macrame.
I know, I’ve made a big deal about pumpkins but something about their round orangeness (and other heirloom colors now) make me happy. I guess we can keep them around tol after the November Holidays. Anyhow, sorry if you were looking forward to another pattern. Don’t despair. I have a macrame handbag pattern up on YouTube that you can check out! It’s been up since Friday. So get some T shirt yarn and some dowels and get to making!
As for me, time to get ready for trick or treating with my little one and finishing up 2 works in progress.
Did you know pumpkins are gourds? And a squash?! Well, google says so. And science. Tasty little tidbit.
And, “October is my favorite color” as seen on a T-Shirt I almost purchased is certainly a vibe, and I’m here for it usually, but it has been unseasonably warm here and I have been whiplashed back into Menopause. Basically, I have been sick.
If you follow this blog regularly, you will know that I intended to present two more pumpkin patterns before end of October. I have encountered a major hiccup in my lofty plans as of late though. Hot flashes, extreme fatigue and general malaise have been completely debilitating for the last week and a half. I sleep during the day, and sweat slash toss n’ turn at night. It’s also a vibe and quite terrible. Just as I was on a roll, my physical health stops me in my tracks.
So, until I finish the “in progress” pumpkin macrame pattern (or is it a jack-o-lantern”) in the crafterroom, just enjoy these images of macrame and pumpkins.
Hello out there! It’s the first truly fall Sunday here, and it’s raining like it’s Spring. Torrential down pour really. All the plans I’ve had for the weekend are kaput. No Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Festival in Louisville or the Annual and Amazing St. James Art Fair. ☹️. Just at home holding my kiddo with his cyclical GI challenges. I’m basically a nurse minus all of the training and tests. And the pay.
Eh, enough “woe is me” and more crafting, the happy part of life. I have a new macrame tutorial ready for you! It’s already on YouTube, too. It’s perfect for a mini pumpkin. Replacing the plants, putting the pumpkins in their place.
This little ditty should take under an hour to make. You will need 5mm cotton rope, and a 5 inch ring. Additionally, T pins and a macrame board on which to work. Here is the link (if you havent subscribed yet to the YouTube 🤓)
What I love about this mini macrame hanger is that it’s kinda avante garde and traditional. You can even customize it further if you’d like by threading wood beads in the middle of the triangle or reverse lark’s heading rope of a different color through the middle.
It’s Sunday, a day of rest for some, a day to post for me <giggle>. How’s about my just poppin’ in to drop a new ‘Pumpkin’ Pattern on ya! How’s about that?
As you can see, I’m in a silly mode which happens when I actually get a good night’s sleep, which is quite rare for me given my son’s health challenges. However, I do seem to get a lot done regardless of sleep capacity. Not sure how. Ihope yinz in readerland are getting your necessary 💤 sleep
So, these lil’ pumpkin patch macrame earrings are a quick work up. You will need to know how to do the macrame rose knot which you can find on my youtube 📺 channel and it is linked below.
The pattern is basically just 6 rose knots in a upside down pyramid shape. You use 6 pieces of halved cotton yarn. Let me tell you what you’ll need:
Macrame or Foam Board
Fine toothed comb or brush
Needlenose pliers (optional)
Any Cotton yarn 4 ply weight. I used Lily Sugar n Cream in Oatmeal and Tangerine
Small 1/2 inch hoop with fish hook
Cuts: measure out 4 yarn strands measuring 16 inches each and 2 measuring 24 inches.
Pattern: this is a triangle pattern. You will stabilize your hoop onto macrame or foam board with a t pin through the tiny hole in the top.
Next, mount two of your 16 inch pieces and make 4 alternating square knots. After you make these, do a button or rose knot. Video is here (use the back of your t pin to push the middle filler cords thru as video uses a crochet hook)
Next, mount your two 24 inch strands and repeat the above. These should be to the right of the initial two rose knotted strands. Repeat this step with next two 16 inch strands as well.
Row 1 is done. 😀 Yay!
Row 2: skip first two strands, make rose knot with next 4, then, make another rose knot with the next 4 strands as well, then skip last two.
Row 3: skip 4 strands, make a rose knot with middle 4, Skip last 4.
You are done with knotting 👍🏾
Now, measure down 1.5-2 inches and cut across. Throw away scraps. Get out comb or brush and separate the fringed part. You can watch the short video here that shows how to comb out the yarn.
Finally, add fish hook finding and wear!
Quick huh?! I would love to see your creations. Just dm me on IG or shoot me an email.
Happy Thursday! I have a new crochet project for you! Super quick and super fun to make imho! For all of those crocheters out there who need a quick fix like me because patience can be rough. Haha. You are seen.
Everything you need is down below, and guess what, this pattern is free.99 for you dear reader! Folks who come across it on Etsy, well, not free. And believe me, it took hours to take the photos and write the project eventhough I whipped it up quickly. The best thing about this make is how versatile and useful it is. We all need a little basket to throw our bric-a-brac in.
Large Crochet Hook (size Q, 16mm)
1 skein (108 yards) of 9mm Braided Cotton Rope (Bobbiny brand-I ordered mine on Etsy from AllYarnDrive (highly recommend))
Time Needed: This should only take you about 25 minutes if you are intermediate to advanced. Beginner, maybe 45 minutes tops.
You will need to be able to do the following techniques/stitches:
Slip Stitch (SS)
Single Crochet (SC)
***for the modified one, you will need to be able to Back Loop Only (BLO) Single Crochet
Skip Chain or Stitch (SK)
Beg = Beginning
Working in a round, Ch 5 and Slip Stitch to Join
Round 1, Ch2, 10 SC’s, sl st to join to beg
Round 2: Ch3, sk st, then SS in next St, Ch3, sk st, sl st in nxt st, repeat 3 more times, then DO NOT sk next stitch, sl st in it. Sl St in beg to join
Round 3: Ch2, 2 SC’s in same Ch3 from Previous Round, and SC in every Slip Stitch from previous round, do this the whole way around til you get back to the beg, sl st into ch2 to join.
Round 4: Ch2, counts as 1st stitch, SC in every stitch from previous round. SS to join to beg ch2. (21 stitches including ch2)
Round 5: ch2, SC in every stitch from previous row, then sl st to beg to join. Cut excess (there won’t be much if you ordered 108 yards from Bobbiny)
Now, turn your item inside out as this will help it structurally, and drop in your bric-a-brac. Small items will fall out of the bottom unless you line it. I use it for my keys, nail polish, and my son’s chewelry.
****If you’d like to make the second option of this basket, the version that looks more like knitting and is in green (if you can see the color), then in every SC you see from Rounds 3-5, you will Back Loop only whenever there is a Single Crochet. So, to repeat, you will not go through both stitches for your SC, you will only SC into the back loop.
Hope you make a couple for your home. You can also use ¼ Cotton or Braided Rope to make this item.
Ella in the Moon
(™) Please credit Ella in the Moon if you make this item. You are welcome to sell it in your shop. Happy Making
PS. I didnt make use a magic circle because it messed up the bottom. It made it wobbly.
It’s Saturday night and since I have no social life, why not blog?! Plus, I missed Tuesdays’ deadline to present the second of 5 pumpkin patterns. In the words of Kurt Cobain (rip), “all apologies”.
As you know, I’m all about the pumpkins. I love seeing them and I love making them. I made quite a few crochet ones and a couple knit ones over the years. One of my favorite bloggers (whose work inspired this blog) has some great ones in her Etsy, Megmade with Love. Here are a couple I made from her blog and one pattern I created (I didnt write it down 😣).
This little ditty works up in approximately 1.5 hour. You have to make 10 columns of square knots. 9 rows. You will need 18 cords of twine, which means 18/2 x10= 90 square knots. (Math, 😑 ). A foam board or macrame board is essential and 2 T pins. Embroidery needle, burlap, and scissors are needed. Tissue or polyfill (not much) are needed as well. Hot glue gun is optional. Little twig from the great outdoors, necessary. 😊
Oh feel free to use extra fabric laying around instead of burlap. It doesnt matter. ♻️ reuse!
The stuffing of the pumpkin is exactly the same as the previous MacCro Pumpkin. Also, seeming the edges is the same to close up the side. You can hot glue or stitch up the side inside out then turn it out.
The most important thing for this pattern is making sure to measure the cords properly when reverse lark’s head mounting them to the piece of 12 inch twine. So, of each halved 22 inch cord, when mounting, Cord 1 has to be twice as long as cord #2. And the same for the halved other cord. So filler cords 2,3 have to be half as long as the working cord to which they are attached. Otherwise, you will run out of working cord (1 & 4) and have an excess of filler.
Basically, the pattern is 1 row of square knots all the way across and for every row after, except in rows 2-9, cord 4 from previous row, joins to the square knot directly to the right and below it and goes under in the first sq knot of the row. Then, moving across the row, the square knot from which you are working will have cord 4 from the row to the left and above and cord 1 from the row right and above. All of this is in the video below. Nothin’ like seeing it!
You will ‘bind off’ to use a knitting term at the end with a finishing row of horizontal double hitches.
After you bind off, stitch around the bottom like the video shows you and pull tight. Then, take the ends of the top, on which the cords were mounted, and pull tight, knot and clip excess. Then, add a topper. 3 candy corns on a toothpick would be cute.
This is a private video. Folks who do not read the blog or who do not check my Instagram can not find it. So “yay, you! yer special! Many more specials to come!
With no further ado, click here for short tutorial video. And as always, I’m just an e-mail or an Instagram dm away for any questions. 🎃