🌚Make: Driftwood Hanger

Last year had me retreating to nature in a big way. In times of great distress, I’ve found nature to be grounding and comforting, like many other people. Barefooted, I dig my feet into the Earth, and it helps me survive and create. I guess the term for it is “grounding” and as a Taurus, it is very important for my well-being.

Naturally, I started to forage pieces of wood from my surroundings to use for different projects and wall hangings. And being beside waters of the Elkhorn Creek gave rise to this minimalist-rustic creation which has unexpectedly become a necessity in my bedroom. I use it to hang hats, macrame items and lately, my clean face masks having so littke closet space and square footage in the house. I present to you the Driftwood Hanger.

Driftwood Hanger with EITM Macrame Festival Skirt

All of the pieces of this driftwood hanger (for lack of a better term) were rescued from a part of the creek that was beginning to dam up with debris. So, sustainably created, cheap and very cool.

To make your own, you will need the following items:

  • 5 pieces of driftwood, one of them needs to be very long. The above one is 5ft.
  • A drill with a small and large drill bit (must match the end of the driftwood to fit)
  • A piece of rope
  • wood glue

This organizer takes very little time to create once you have the driftwood. (Etsy has lots of driftwood resellers if you arent near a waterway). I recommend sitting your pieces in bleach to rid it of any potential bugs or critters as step 1. So 1 part bleach 3 parts water.

The part tbat takes the longest in your creating is for the glue to dry and set in position. Everything else is easy-peasy.

The drill I used (drill bits not pictured)
I used this brand. Set time can be hours.
Setting wood into glue hole
You may have to whittle the tips down with circular friction movement (or sand paper) to get them to fit.

Basically, I picked out some drill bits that were the same circumference as most of my pieces. Then, I drilled 4 large holes about 12 inches apart.

Next, I changed drill bits and drilled two small holes into the top at either end of the large piece of driftwood for mounting to the wall.

It should be noted that if you can, pick out unique and different pieces to place in the holes. One of my pieces is perfect for hanging hats on or multiple masks, like the forked one above.

Last steps are to squeeze glue into the holes. Be generous! Then, insert your individual, unique pieces. Allow ample time to dry overnight.

Feed your rope through the holes on either side near the end and make a knot below the hole. Voila! You have a very cool and highly useful driftwood hanger.

Such a cool aesthetic and looks romantic in a way.

Of course, as with anything, it can be jazzed up. I was thinking of making another one, yet painting it with some popping colors or just in a washed out muted color scheme to use at the next Festival Market for vending.

Let me know if you end up making one for your room and if you have questions, just post a comment. I’d love to see any variations! Dont forget to follow me on Instagram.

Happy Making

eitm 🌚

🌚Boho Crochet Scrap Rug (P2)

Boho Crochet Scrap Rug

Sooooo…tomorrow turned into over a week later. I hadnt anticipated the wave of pure fatigue that swept over my mind-body after my 2nd dose of the Moderna Vaccine. The fatigue over took 2.5 days of my life, logging in 3 hours nap and marathon sleeping nights. So, I apologize for the delay. Guess I need to start underpromising or start batching posts (goals!).

But, it’s done! Finally, it’s done. I feel like it was an albatross. It was so difficult working the pattern out from just looking at some old photos of it as I no longer have the actual rug. Plus, the little rope puffs, that make it so boho, proved to obscure what kind of crochet stitch I had used.

There are only 7 rounds to add onto part 1, but let me reiterate some tips:

Do crochet loosely. You will crochet loosely. That is your mantra. 😊

Do make sure each scrap piece is overhand knotted together tightly.

Do make sure to help push the knots through the stitches

And Do enjoy the process. Crocheting is fun. It’s calming. It is rewarding

Part 2 of The Pattern. Using same hook from part 1

(beg = beginning)

Round 6: ch 4, skip 1, sl st in 3rd st, ch4, skip 1, sl st in nxt st all the way around. (17 ch4’s)sl st in top of first beg ch4

The way it should look after round 6

R7: ch3, 3 DC’s on each ch4 from previous round all the way around, sl st join to beg ch3

After Round 7

R8: ch 2, sc in every chain all the way around, sl st join to beg ch2

R9: ch 3, DC in same ch3 space and DC in nxt 9 stitches, 2DCs in every 10th ch, repeat this all the way around, sl st join to beg ch3

R10: ch3, dc + ch1 all the way around, sl st to join to beg ch3

R11: ch4, DC in every chain all the way around, sl st to join to beg ch4

After Round 11

R12: (this differs from the original rug, I cant tell what stitch I used at the end, but this one makes it look so much sweeter. 😊) ch3, skip a st, then sl st in next st, ch3, skip a st, then slip st in next stitch, repeat this process all of the way around, then, ch3 and sl st to join to beg.

Finishing touches, look on both sides of your rug creation and see which side is fuzzier. Then, pull through other bits of the unraveled pieces through to the same size for a more fuzzy look.

I threw mine in the wash and bleached it after I was done because many of the scraps dont have the same dye lot so I was trying to have it look more uniform. On the original one, I had washed and dried it at least three times so it was pleasantly white washed. This one, not so much just yet. Plus, I’ve added in a little gray and a little hunter green. I washed it on hot and dried it on normal just a little bit then I hung (hanged 🤷🏾‍♀️) it to finish drying so that it didn’t shrink too much.

If you’d like to dye this rug, it will take on dye really well because cotton is a natural fiber. So have at it!

Lastly, I’ll be posting monthly updates of the growing and growing of this rug. So stay tuned. And if you need a skein of this scrap rope ‘yarn’, let me know. I can make some up and post for sale in my Etsy shop.

Happy Making 🌚🌙

eitm

Boho Crochet Rug How To Video Clips 🌚

So, below is a clip on adding the additional scraps to the existing work AND how to push thru with your index finger to get knots thru stitches. The whole rug is 12 rounds. I have updated part 1 to reflect that they are rounds not rows, since we are obviously working in a round.

And, rope is cotton rope 1/4 inch diameter not 1/4 of an inch. Updated as well. It is available for .10c/foot at knotandrope.com (the best place for bulk unbleached cotton yarn).

Boho Crochet Rag Rug (P1)🌚

Boho Scrap Rug from Macrame Cut Offs

Finally, it is here! Yes, I know a couple of you are quite excited as you were patiently awaiting this pattern. If I had written the pattern down when I created the original, then I could’ve posted it immediately, but no, always working backwards here <face palm>. Gotta definitely get my act together and write these patterns down as they come out. And, I am always creating so there’s a flood of them in the recesses of my mind.

I wanted to have the pattern to you two weeks ago, but of course, this year has already thrown me a curve ball with my tiny human getting COVID from therapy (I tested negative despite being in his face ALLOFTHETIME, thank you Dolly Parton Vaccine!). My best laid plans always go awry and I’m starting to think maybe I need to work on being more prepared! Gotta start batching posts. Goals! 🙌🏾

Added a lil grey scrap 😉

So, for this boho macrame cut offs rug/scrap rug/macrame scrap rug, here is the materials list:

Crochet Hook H/15 or 10mm (for those in the metrics lands)

1/4 inch cotton rope cut offs (from your previous works)

Scissors (not pictured below, ya know what they are)

Round Markers (optional)

Now, please read the following very carefully (as opposed to risky :0) This project is easy, however, the actual crocheting part is more arduous than one normally would have when using yarn (particularly wool or any fiber with stretch). The cotton rope has zero give, it is just very inflexible, which makes the crochet pull through harder than usual. However, “you can do hard things” so it just takes more patience and dexterous fortitude than you would use with plain ‘ol yarn. Also, the actual crocheting takes about 2-3 hours, it’s the knotting together of the ends so that they make a continuous length that adds more time at the front end. I find it somewhat soothing, yet maybe you will not find it so. Don’t let any of the above discourage you though!

Overhand knotting scraps together

This project uses some basic crochet stitches and terminology:

R = Round CH = Chain St = Stitch Sl St = Slip Stitch DC = Double Crochet SC = Single Crochet

Step 1: Take all of your scraps and link them together with an overhand knot. Just the basic tying knot. See pictorial below. You have to leave a little bit of a tail on each to give the fringe vibe of the rug.

Step 2: Gather your materials

Step 3: Begin the Pattern. It is worked in a round

The Pattern

***One thing that you will have to work around is the knots in the links. It can make crocheting a little challenging if the knot is in the pull thru. Sometimes, you have to use your index finger to push the knot thru the stitch. See the next post for video clip how to on pushing through.

Also, repeat after me “I will crochet loosely, I will crochet loosely!” This isn’t a sock pattern and crocheting tightly will only make your life and this rug very hard to create.

R1: Ch 6 and then join with sl st to make a ring.

R2: Ch3, 8 SC’s in middle of ring, sl st to join.

R3: Ch4, DC in same stitch as CH4, and 2 DC’s in each St to ch3 space, sl st to join. (18)

R5: Ch2, SC all the way around, sl st to join. (36)

Get started, and please come back tomorrow for part 2, parenting is hard….

🌚Raffia Wall Hanging

Today’s DIY

Finally finished a project and I love it! 🥰 I have been working on it for months, but truly, it’s like a two hour project total. However, given I have a serious diagnosis of severe “shiny object syndrome”, I always have at least 5 wip’s (works in progress) in progress. This week though, I decided they ALL have to be completed by Sunday, so time’s almost up.

Raffia and Clay

At the beginning of the year, I decided my colors were gonna be terra cotta and green. So, my whole new crafterroom is being decorated with those colors in the mix. The green can’t just be any green, yet anything dark academia inspired or olive. With those colors in mind, the new creation is fitting right into the crafterroom decor. 👇🏾

Unfinished Raffia Moon

So, if you wanna learn how to make this Raffia Moon, steps and materials are below.

Materials: I got most items at Michael’s except the Raffia and cardboard.

Materials

Hoop (Wire or deconstructed Ashland Wreath Ring)

Raffia (Mine is from Wool and the Gang)

Craftsmart Modeling Clay (you can also use Sculpey Clay) the Modeling Clay can not be heated. Sculpey can.

E6000

Cardboard circular cut out (from a shipping box)

Scissors

Measuring tape for 1 inch measurement

Gather your supplies and first trace your cardboard piece using your hoop as the template. Then, you will need to measure out 1 inch and trace another inner circle from previous.

Trace onto cardboard then cut out 1 inch circle
After Raffia is added

Next, cut raffia pieces off the spool in measurements of 10 inches each. Double up and hang all raffia pieces with a lark’s head knot all the way around. It takes quite a few pieces. I didnt count but it’s morr than 50 pieces.

Get your clay out and make many, many mini 1/2 inch balls. So many that they can fit all the way around the inner circle. They do not have to be perfectly round 1/2 inch balls.

Grab your cardboard circle and place it under the raffia laden hoop. The circle will go underneath and the hoop will lay in the middle all the way around. Once it is lined up, place a sliver of glue all the way around. Then, put the raffia hoop atop the glue of the cardboard.

Cardboard peeking out

Grab a heavy book to lay on top to let the glue set overnight. 🌚

After cardboard is set to the raffia hoop, add a thin layer of glue in quadrants as you work your way around the cardboard part. Obviously, the balls are inside the hoop.

Then, place the little clay balls side by side, touching the one beside it. You kinda have to squish them gently together.

Once you’ve kinda wedged the last ball in, gently and carefully smooth out any fingernail or rough spots in the clay balls with your fingertips. My hands were very green after rolling the balls. You will have to dishwashing soap your hands well to get the clay off.

Next step is optional, get a hair dryer and heat the balls up for about 10 minutes. Basically, going around and arouns. Or, you can let them bake in the sun (provided it’s hot out) for 15m. I did not do this last step, I placed mine near the heat of our fireplace. If you want your mini balls to be hard, heat them in your oven on 175 degrees for 12 minutes before placing them glued to the cardboard. (Let them cool down first).

If you do heat them in the oven on wax paper, you will have to add more than a thin bit of glue when setting the mini balls though.

Reminds me of a Lion King 🦁

Voila! You have a beautiful and textured raffia moon slash lion mane on your wall. I was surprised how much I love this piece. It sparks a lot of joy when I see it in my crafterroom. I hope it makes you happy as well. 😊

Ps. I do have a post coming this week on how to make the cast offs rug featured in my most popular post. The pattern is just taking longer than expected, but is mostly done.

Happy Making

eitm

Make: You’ve Got ❤️Heart Macrame Bunting

Ya know what I love…Macrame + Bunting. And another sweet holiday is quickly approaching. In the US, February 14th is a day of love. Hearts are everywhere, they are in candy, they are in chocolate and yasss, I got a heart mask!

No valentine for me this year 😭, first time in many, many moons, but maybe you are feeling the poke of cupid’s arrow? Ready to craft your V day Macrame Bunting?! No better day to get knotty than V day!

You’ve Got ❤️ Bunting

You will need a somewhat rigid rope/cord for this project. The 3 strand cotton rope I have used in previous projects on here wont do to keep the shape of this. I used a cotton twisted kitchen twine for this. I picked it up at a hardware store. It was inexpensive and comes in a ball like some yarns. I will list what I use in Materials section.

Bunting above Mantel.

Materials:

🙌🏾 hands for knotting

Scissors

Patience

Thin cotton twisted twine (aka Butcher’s Twine)

The cuts:

1 long piece of cord measuring 5 feet

44 pieces of cotton twine measuring 30 inches each

Knot techniques used:

Lark’s head knot

Left square knot (sq knot) = 4 cords tied

Half Hitch (HH) (twice around a filler cord)

The Knotting Pattern

Pattern is worked in rows from left to right.

Hang your 5 ft long piece on whatever you use to macrame. I use an ikea mulig stand usually, yet there are many clever ways to set up your rope like 3M hooks on your wall evenly spaced, a foam board with macrame pins or, in a warm clime, tying it between to trees.

Row 1:Hang all 44 pieces via Lark’s Head Knot onto 5ft long piece. Each cluster of 8 cords should be spaced 4 inches apart approximately.

R2: Make 22 left sq knots. (Sq knots consist of 4 cords (bundles) each)

R3: Make 11 left sq knots from the 4 middlemost cords of the row above sq knot clusters. So, you will take 2 cords from sq knot on left and 2 cords from sq knots on right

R4: Take the two dangling unworked cords from the sq knot on the left and marry them to the two dangling unworked cords from the R2 square knot on right. When combining them, you need to have them meet in the middle, two inches of length down from their r2 single sq knots. It is also important to loosely combine them not tautly because you will gently push the sq knot upwards just a hair to get the oval shaping above. (The knot should easily slide if you place your thumb on the front and index finger behind in a pinching type grasp). You will do the above all the way across. Total 11

R5: Make 22 sq knots. You will be taking 2 cords from a sq knot on the left and 2 from sq knot on right to make each knot. If you ever find that you are using all 4 cords from one single sq knot, you will need to retrace as you’ve made a mistake. Of course, the first and the final knots will be different. You will not have an actual heart at the beginning and end. See photo tutorial.

R6: Make 11 sq knots. This time, the sq knot will be so close and tight that it kisses the two knots above which are from r5. Your heart is forming from the kiss! 😊

R7: take the othermost cord from r5’s leftmost square knot and half hitch it down that knot and r6 knot in a down and diagnoally to the right fashion. Do this on the left side all the way across (11)

R8: Finally, repeat R7 except using the right outermost cord from r5’s right most sq knot and HH it around down that knot and r6 knot in a down and diagnonally to the left fashion. Finally, half hitch the left cord in the middle over the right middle filler cord. See photo.

There you have it! I hope the write up isnt too jumbled. I do re-visit posts every so often to clean them up and add more photorials. If you have questions, just shoot me an email: EllaintheMoon@gmail.com And come join me on IG.

Happy Making 🌚

MAKE: Rose Knot Macrame Mini

Macrame Mini Plant Hanger 🌱

How cute is this mini plant hanger?! It’s like my favorite hanger. I made it last year in a fit of creativity for a bulk order. A customer in VA wanted 20 mini macrame hangers of different styles and I dug deep to provide her with 10 different styles. Lucky you, I’m presenting the first one of the batch for you to MAKE yourself.

I luvvv how boho and romantic this little hanger is. Perfect for the upcoming Valentine Holiday 😉. It’s also so very versatile as it can truly be hung anywhere. (Or is it hanged, uggghhhh grammar!). Heck, make a living wall with several of these and air plants or succulents.

Below, you will see a short video on how to do “the rose” knot. Watch it before using the pattern.

The Rose Knot. (Make 4 alternating sq knots first)

So, hopefully you watched the video, or maybe you already know how to do the Rose Knot. Below, you will find the pattern. As with any of my tutorials, feel free to make your own and resell with credit to eitm. They make great gifts.

Materials:

Wood Ring (I get mine from Michaels or Etsy)

Rope (10 Cords cut approx 22 inches, I used 3/16 or 1/4 inch)

Scissors ✂️

Cost: $2.00 approx to make (Cabone Rings are $2.49/5 pack)

HH = Half Hitch

Sq = Square

Pattern is written in rows working left to right

Pattern

Hang your 10 cords, halved via lark’s head knot onto the wood ring (20 rope tendrils will dangle)

Row 1: Make 5 Rose Knots (See video above)

Row 2: Half Hitch cords 2-8 onto cord #1, being sure to pull cord #1 diagonally to right as you work. Next, Half Hitch cords 13-19 onto cord #20, being sure to pull #20 diagonally leftwards down while hitching.

Row 3: Gather 2 leftmost cords and the 2 rightmost cords and make a square knot in the middle.

Row 4: HH the 2 left cords from the middle sq knot from Row 3 onto cord #1’s row of half hitches. Then, do the exact same thing with the rightmost cords of the middle sq knot from Row 3 onto cord #20’s half hitches moving left diagonally.

Row 5: Finally, marry Leftmost cord (#1) and Right (#20) with a HH of #1 over #20. Snip cords to an even length.

Yer done. Hang it up. Too confusing, see some tutorial steps below.

Final photo is of half hitch started from left to right

Don’t forget to share what you make with me via IG @ellainthemoon Next tutorial: You’ve Got ❤️ Heart Bunting.

🌚 eitm

MAKE: Macrame Chevron Earrings 🌚

Hai there! We’re now mixing it up in the New Year, surviving and still mostly stuck inside. And with “The Great Indoors” comes time to craft.

In the interest of keeping one of two resolutions, I’m ready to release the first of two MAKE patterns this week. Today, I offer you Macrame Chevron Earrings. This pattern features two staple knots, the lark’s head and the half hitch.

Macrame Chevron Earrings 🌚

For this MAKE, you will need very thin macrame cord, about 3mm. You can also be sustainable like me and use whatever cut offs from previous projects. I used some left over pieces from a large macrame curtain that I had made. The rope cord separated for some reason, which didnt normally happen with this particular brand. So above, you see separated 3mm or 3/16 macrame cotton rope (from Knot and Rope supply, my favorite bulk provider).

Here is the Materials Mock Up:

  • 12 strands of cotton yarn or 3mm macrame cord (6 strands per tear drop earring) measuring 20 inches.
  • Fish hook finding and tear drop
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Needle Nose Pliers

Key: HH = Half Hitch L = Left R = Right

LH = Lark’s Head R = Row

Pattern is worked left to right. You can use a clipboard from which to work or put a thumb tack into a piece of macrame foam board. Or a small piece of wood block with a small hanging nail or thumbtack in it to mount tear drop.

Pattern:

R1: Mount 6 cords folded in half onto tear drop piece with a lark’s head knot with bump of knot in the back.

R2: Take Left most cord and HH (half hitch) cords 2,3,4,5,6 onto it so cord #1 will have 2-6 HH’d onto it to the middle. When HHing, be sure to pull your filler cord to the right and slight angles down tightly.

Then, work the same pattern R to L starting with outermost cord (#12) and HH codd 11-7 onto it (pulling tightly to left diagonally). You will finish with filler cord #12 HH over filler cord #1.

R2-R3: repeat the same exact steps above except you will start leftmost with cord #2 as filler being pulled to right and rightmost #11 as filler being pulled into left R3 would be filler #3 and #10 respectively. So, filler #11 will be HH’d over #2. And filler #10 HH’d over #3.

Finishing, trim to the desired lengthand add the fish hook finding (you need needlenose pliers to open and shut the tiny clasp ring). Use a fine-toothed comb at the bottom part of the unmacramed yarn or rope to create a fringe look.

Ella in the Moon Earrings 🌚

Feel free to make these for yourself or to sell. I made these two years ago at least and sell them at craft fairs. Please credit eitm if you create from my pattern.

And remember, find me on IG. I love sharing my creating and finding inspo.

Happy Making!

🌚

Crochet Half Moon Earrings 🌚

It’s been a while since I presented anything crochet in this part crochet blog. And it’s not because I haven’t been crocheting: I have. Not as much as I’d like to though. I think my last crochet post was a half moon crochet face mask, which I hope you liked. Now, another accessory just in time for spring. 👍🏾

Half Moon Hoops

These are fresh off of my crochet fingers. They are made of 100% cotton yarn, but you truly can use any yarn of the same weight. You will need to be able to do single crochet (SC), Double Crochet (DC), Slip Stitch (SL ST) and chains of course (Chain). They whip up in 10-15 minutea. There is some general crochet terminology in the pattern below. Here’s how you can DIY.

Materials:

  • Faux hoops and fish hook findings (Got mine at Wal Mart)
  • Yarn weight Medium 4 (I used Sugar and Cream)
  • Hook size F
  • Small scissors
  • Smaller hook to tie in loose ends

Tie your yarn onto the earring hoop by making a knot at 🕛 12:00. Then, work 20 single crochets around the hoop to the other side. Ch 3, turn

Row 2: you will single crochet in every stitch to opposite side (20 SCs). Ch 3, turn

Row 3: sk3 and slip stitch (ST) into front of 3rd stitch, do this all the way across. (7) ch3, turn

Row 4: Sk (Skip) 1st ST, DC in next CH, Ch2, and every other CH across to the other side.

Work in loose ends or snip ‘em and tuck them in. Add a little stitch glue if you do the latter.

Half Moon Earring Candid Shot 🌛

These earrings are lightweight and of course, can be made in any color that you may choose. I think they are more of a spring accessory if you use cotton yarn as opposed to wool or acrylic.

Happy Making

eitm 🌚

Whatever fits my Whimsy

The New Year is quickly approaching, and with the new moon and with the emerging of 2021, my energies are focusing more on this blog. Yes, I have had a truly traumatic year, much like everyone out there. The Pandemic, and a monumental, earth-shattering break up that I didn’t see coming under the pandemic, seeing black lives murdered in plain sight, and the election.

Yet 2021 gives me hope. And in the vein of putting my intentions out there to the Universe, and for all to see, I know better things are to come. Hope Springs Eternal!

In 2021, I will be continuing to grow this blog, and will be blogging bi-weekly moving forward. I have so many ideas to share, that are just sitting in my head, languishing. So.many.patterns. I just have to start eating the frog (my 2021 Mantra!).

I am so pleased that this blog has been gaining momentum, Thank you!, and honestly, I want to do more of it. More creating, more sharing, and more just thinking outside of the box in design. And with that being said (one of my favorite expressions), this blog won’t be remaining in a box. Being multi-fiber fanatical, I will live up to my mantra “whatever fits my whimsy” more in this new year. I will bring you patterns and ideas from knitting, embroidery, punch needle (goal!), and polymer clay, yet the focus will stay on crochet and macrame.

Macrame is truly my first true fiber art love. I have 3 patterns already batch written for you. Boho Macrame Plant Hanger, Boho Chevron Earrings and Heart Bunting. And wait, there’s more…you are welcome to use these patterns to sell your own wares! Just be sure to credit me as the pattern creator.

I look forward to seeing your makes in 2021 on my Instagram. Stay tuned for my top posts from IG, and my best performing posts here in the next day or so.