Recently I've started to learn macramé. So far I've only tried a little..
I haven't got very far yet, but the first thing I've found it that you need something to hold your threads firmly when you're working. So far my girls and I have just been using a clipboard, but I had this idea a couple of weeks ago and finally got a round to making it!
This is also day 2 of my Use What You've Got challenge!
So I've only used things I already had in my craft room!
I started with a canvas picture that we've had for years. My husband's not particularly fond of it and it was just gathering dust on the top of a cupboard. So it's good to have found a use for it!
I also used some plain fabric, some jeans pockets and some buttons.
First I cut a piece of the plain fabric a little larger than the canvas.
I double turned the edges over and stitched, just to neaten them.
Next I placed the plain fabric centrally over the front of the canvas and laid out my pockets and buttons as I would like them.
Then all I had to do was stitch on the buttons..
And stitch around the pockets to secure them in place. I used the applique setting on my machine for this.
Finally, I stretched the fabric over the canvas and used my staple gun to secure it in place at the back.
And that's it!
I can keep threads in the pockets,
some safety pins anywhere on the board,
and in the larger pocket I have a pair of scissors and a friendship bracelet 'wheel':
I can now attach the threads I'm working on to either the buttons, or use the safety pins. The board rests nicely on my lap as I work!
Now I just need to start practising more macramé!
I have lots of ideas and tutorials on my Macrame Pinterest Board already, but I would love it if anyone could suggest any links, tutorials or projects for a beginner to try!
Do you do macramé? How do you secure your threads? Do you have a macramé board?