a pair & a spare

apairandasparediy.com · Jun 11, 2013


I have to admit that up until recently macrame would have been at the end of the list of things I wanted to hang on my walls – to me it brought back memories of mildewed brown pieces I found by the dozen in thrift stores when I was growing up. One particular macrame find – an owl made out of twine – comes to mind. But as proof that tastes and trends come full circle if only you give them time (I bet that owl is fetching a pretty penny at some hip vintage boutique right now) I’ve recently found myself with a a taste for this (not so) forgotten art. Case in point – my friend Jess recently bought the most gorgeous wall hanging on Etsy (the one you see below), complete with pops of neon to lend a touch of modern cool. After I saw it I was desperate to know more about how these pieces are created – and was so happy when May of Himo Art agreed to give me the run down. May has done an amazing job of bringing macrame out of the 20th century into the here and now (perfect for recent macrame converts like me) and I’m thrilled she decided to give us a peek at her – what turns out to be pretty complicated – process. Time to brush up on your knotting skills kids!


  • 70 yards (approx 63m) of rope
  • a wooden dowel
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
  • painters tape
  • acrylic paint
  • large wooden beads

How to:

1. May attaches the dowel to a wall – she’s using removeable hooks because it’s a great way to not have to drill holes into the wall.

2. May cuts the rope up into 14 x 4 yard pieces and 2 x 5 yard pieces. She then starts tying the rope in larks head knots, bookending the dowel with the 5 yard pieces (one on each end).

3. May continues with the rest of the ropes.

4. She then does a double half hitch knot.

And continues these all the way along.

5. When she gets to the end, May starts to tie them diagonally along the ropes.

6. May adds wooden beads here and there before tying the knots.

8. She then begins tying switch knots using 4 ropes each.

9. May ties 8 of these.

9. She then adds a double half hitch knot (as before).

10. And brings those along diagonally.

11. May adds more beads and brings the knots all the way to the ends.

12. May then trims the ends of the rope.

13. She covers off a section of the ends of the dowel to paint and add a hint of neon (a woman after my own heart!)

14. Finally, she adds a pop of watermelon colour to the ends of the ropes.

And there you have it, a gorgeous macrame wall hanging. I for one can appreciate the work that goes into these pieces – not a craft for the fainthearted or ham fisted!

Make sure to check out Himo Art for her other amazing macrame pieces.

Top photo by Jess of Ela Hawke Vintage and the rest by May

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