Dying Cords and Yarn

So I’ve been doing macrame now for a few months and I am completely enjoying it. I have made some wall hangings, plant hangers, coasters, key chains and macrame rainbows. Honestly there are so many things you can do with macrame. I am looking forward to seeing where it will take me. Here are some of my examples.

Recently I’ve been seeing some pins on Pinterest that had some amazing macrame wall hangings and some of them were dipped dyed. Oh my gosh such beautiful colors. It brings the macrame decor to another level. I truly love the ambre look that you can do with dip dying. So cool.

I wanted to try it out for myself to see how they were turn out on some of my projects. I ordered a couple of Rit dyes in the color gray and teal. Honestly I was a little bit nervous at first. So worried that it would turn out wrong and totally ruin my macrame projects. I was so concerned that I would mess it up.

Since I bought the dyes online, they came in powder form in a small box. With that, I didn’t really had a lot with each color to try dip dying on various projects. So with one package, I was only able to dye 3 or 4 items. I decided to try the gray color. I grabbed a small bundle of t-shirt yarn that I made (will share how I did this in my next post), cut out several yards of white 100% cotton 3mm single ply macrame cord that I had, a wall hanging that I had already made and a regular t-shirt.

I got the dye ready in a shallow plastic container.
Next, I grabbed my macrame wall hanging. I only dipped the lower section you see here in this photo.
Last I got a white t-shirt that was too small on my son. I did the typical tie-dye shirt. I was fun to create and it used up the rest of the dye.

I then let them dry for a good 24 hours to ensure they were completely dried.

So below is how they all turned out.

I think they turned out great. I was quite impressed on how easy it was and how well these items absorbed the color. Now they have a beautiful gray tone to them. I am quite happy with them and plan to dye more macrame projects using various colors to add a pop of color and elevate their look.

Lampshade Change Up

Oh my goodness it’s been a while. The last couple of weeks went by quickly. I have been busy with a couple of projects and buying a few things for more projects to work on. This one particular project that I will talk about covers both upcycling an item (which I try to do as much as possible) and macrame (a new love). This is an upcycle project that I’ve been wanting to do, but didn’t know exactly the direction I wanted to take it. Then I finally figured something out and it includes my new hobby.

So below is a picture of what I started with.

This was a lampshade from a lamp that I purchased last year at a garage sale. I liked the lamp based but didn’t really care for the shade.

I didn’t really like the shade. I know it would be easier to just purchase a new shade but I wanted to include my new hobby, macrame. So I gutted out the shade. It was double sided on outside and inside of the shade frame. Gutting it out was somewhat challenging but I got it all off.

On Pinterest and Instagram, I saw many examples and posts of macrame lampshades. There are so many great ideas. Such variety of styles and looks to make. I found I believe a 9mm 3-ply rope at my local dollar store. Oh my gosh, I couldn’t believe they are starting to carry this particular item. I was so excited and grabbed a few. So I cut a piece of that chunky rope and hot glued it to the top rim of the shade. I then used my 3mm 3-ply cord and strung it around the top portion of the shade. Below are some pictures of what I did.

My next step was to cut out several pieces of my 3mm 3-ply cord that was about 3-4 times the length of the lamp shade. (The length will depend on the kind of detail you want on the macrame. If it is a design with lots of detail, then you should add more cord length before cutting pieces.) I did a Lark’s Head knot on each cord piece and tied enough to go all the way around. Below is picture of what I did.

Once I did that, created a design that was simple enough to make and multiplied it around the shade. I used Diagonal Clove Hitch knots, Square knots, and Overhand knots. I then tied the cords to the bottom of the shade. Below are some pictures of what I did.

To finish things off, I added more cord using Lark’s Head knots all around the bottom rim of the shade. I cut off the cord unevenly and frayed the ends off to give it a flowing and finished look. Below is a picture of this step.

I think it turned out great. I love how it turned out. Now the lamp has a whole new look. I also changed the light bulb to a LED bulb so it wouldn’t get too hot and burn the cord. Also this lamp is not a lamp I use all the time. It’s more for when I want some dim lighting when I am watching T.V.

I had a lot of fun working on this project. It took a little bit of time but I think it was because this was my first try at it. Now I’m looking around my house seeing if I can transform other lamp shades or transform other items with macrame.

I truly hope you enjoyed this. I have done other macrame projects. If you like to check them out, you can go to my Instagram account @jscreativeinnovations.

Thanks again,

Janette

Flower Vase Upgrade

So with trying to limit our outings to only when necessary, I’ve thought of another upcycling project that of course I had at home. Didn’t have to go out to buy anything that I used in this project. It’s actually quite simple, but maybe some bit of time was needed to create the project. Of course it was my very first time doing this so usually the first tries take long and are sloppy. I’m sure the next time I do this project again, it won’t take as long. I decorated a simple flower vase, that you probably get from a floral arrangement, with macrame. A project that involves two things that I like to do; reusing and recycling.

Well I started out with a floral vase that I had sitting around in my house literally for a couple of years. Don’t know why I still had it, but something told me to keep it around. I guess this is why.

I began by measuring the neck of the vase which was about 10 inches around. I grabbed my 3 strand 3mm cord and cut about 20 inches. I wrapped the cord a bit loose so that it can be a base for the other cords for the macrame pattern. I finished off this base cord with a simple overhand knot. I left a little extra cord to give a tie look

I then added 12 cords of 26 inches in length and tied a Lark’s head knot all around.

Once I got all the cords set, I worked in a simple pattern of staggering square knots all around. I did about a couple of rows of square knots. On the last row, I again I made overhand knots staggering to give it a finished look.

I think this turned out pretty cute. A very simple project using a simple item that you may have at home already. If you don’t have macrame cord, you can probably use yarn or twine. That would be neat to see how that would look. I feel this addition just gives the vase some warmth and texture to its rather cold and slick original state.

I will try this again to any more floral vases I receive. It will definitely add a little something more to those plain vases. Give it a try and see what you come up with.

Janette

Thrift Store Find

I have been getting a little more of the creativity vibe while staying at home. I’m currently into doing macrame projects. It is so fun and very hands on. I am really enjoying it and hope to create many beautiful pieces. I have been seeing lots of wonderful ideas on Instagram, Pinterest and on YouTube. Not only is it great as plant hangers and wall decor but it also looks amazing combined with baskets.

A while back I was at my local thrift store and found this cool looking faux bamboo food tray. It was really neat, inexpensive, and in great shape. So I picked it up because I knew at the time I wanted to do something with it. Didn’t knew exact what, but I had to get it. Below is what I found.

Isn’t if so cool?! I mean you can leave it just as is and use it to it’s original purpose or as a base for a center piece for a coffee table. As I said earlier, I was loving how some people were adding macrame to baskets and thought why not do the same with this piece.

I thought about stenciling an image on the tray. I figure it’s a descent size area to put something on it. First I needed to paint it so that the image can stand out. I decided to paint the base with a white chalk paint that I had. It painted on well to the tray and since I put a good 1st coat, I didn’t need to paint another coat. Loving chalk paint!

Now time to pick out an image. So I wanted something simple and quick. I looked around my stash of stencils and picked out 2 things. I went with the letter J and two little star bursts on each side of the letter. Since I will hang this in my craft room, I thought it would be perfect.

So how to incorporate a macrame design to this tray piece. Well soon to be a wall piece in my craft room. I figured I would keep it simple. So I decided to create a simple square knot design that was not so crowded but airy. I just did square knots with spaces in between each one. To add a little more interest to the design, I had the square knots taper down to create an upside down triangle shape and added regular knots on the cords that were loose.

I love how it turned out. Something so simple and yet it added an extra look to a very simple tray. Below is how it turned out all completed and on my wall.

I do plan to create little projects like this with macrame. I also plan to make more macrame projects for my craft fair. Stay tune and see what else I will create with macrame, thrift store finds or recycled items at home.

Thanks for stopping by.

Janette

Macrame Wall Hangings

Oh my goodness is been a while. So many things going on that the time went by. Just been busy with the kiddos home now. Getting a schedule going for them so there is some purpose for each day. Been spending lots of good quality fun times with the them playing board games and card games. I have been really enjoying that. Making almost every single meal since we are trying not to go out and eat our meals. (I have to say I have grown tired of cooking. It really isn’t a thing that I like to do on a regular day anyway.) Also I have been working a lot on some of my macrame projects.

I have really gotten into macrame. It’s been so much fun for me. It’s been a great creative outlet and allowing me to be creative with my hands. Paper crafting does it for me too, but it’s been macrame lately. I am loving what I see and find on Pinterest and Instagram in regards to macrame. So many different designs and colors. Uughh so cool!

I’ve been using my time at home making several macrame projects. I have made several wall hangings that I think turned out cool. I have gotten some compliments from family and friends.

I’ve made a very pretty wall plant hanger which I really want to make more of them. I really think it turned out so great.

I have incorporated some weaving with some of my wall hangings. It gives the hangings a punch of color. I will definitely be trying some more weaving with different types of yarn. The possibilities seem endless.

I’ve also tried out making a leaf/feather. I know I still need to work on it some more. I think it turned out neat. It’s a bit tedious and slightly time consuming for me since I am still learning it, but worth my time. I will continue to make more so I can improve on it.

Well I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have been working on lately. I will continue to work on some more. You can see more at my Instagram account @jscreativeinnovations. Go and check it out to see other items I have done.

Thanks for stopping by,

Janette

Who Loves Macrame?! I do!

Macrame seems to be back. At least in my mind they are. I know so retro but yet cool! As a child born in the 70’s (yikes I just dated myself), I vaguely remember seeing some macrame plant hangers that my aunt had at her house. I believe she made them herself. She had a few randomly hanging in various rooms in her house, but you know that’s all that I can remember about macrame. I always thought they were just for hanging plants. Just one function to them.

Well let’s push forward to the present, well more like sometime last year. I was doing some crafting by upcycling some glass jars. I would paint them and wrap them up with some jute twine. Then I saw someone’s vlog (honestly I don’t remember who) on YouTube and that person was making macrame plant hanger. I figure I would give it a try. I made a very simple jute macrame plant hanger. I thought it turned out great.

Months later I started seeing more macrame plant hangers and macrame wall decor on Pinterest. I was loving it. It opened up a whole new crafting venture for me. I started making some macrame wall hangings. What fun! Here are some examples of what I have done.

Recently I had foot surgery done and wanted to do some crafting that I can do while I sit. In my crafting stash I found some key rings that I had for a while and had no idea what to do with them until just recently. Why not make macrame keychains. I know not too terribly exciting but it was to me. Plus I had some wood beads on had and added them to the mix of my macrame keychain creations. I was such on a role that I made several keychains. So much fun! Here are some examples that I created.

I really love making macrame items. It’s been so fun. I plan to continue creating more creations and plan to share what I make. I recently purchased two macrame books in hopes of learning more knots and implement them into new macrame projects. So stay tuned and we’ll see what creations I will make next.