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Exotic Macrame Curtains

Exotic Macrame Curtains

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If you're ready for a real treat, try making a set of these macrame curtains for one or several rooms in your home. Stylish and exotic, these macrame curtains will add flavor to your home. The knotting styles are also a fresh and new challenge for you to tackle.

Note: These beautiful macrame curtains can be done with braided cord, jute, hemp or any combination of these materials. The type of cordage used will vary the look and size of the finished curtain.

What you'll need:

120 yards of one color cord

220 yards of another

26" rod

24" rod

Finished length: 54"

Finished width: 24"

Instructions:

1. Cut 22 cords of one color, 30' each and twelve 30' cords of the other color.

2. Fold the cords in half and using the following pattern, attach all 34 cords to the 26" rod using a larkshead knot: 6 dark, 6 light, 2 dark, 2 light, 4 dark, 4 light, and 10 dark. (Note: This order can be changed in many ways to create different patterns. For example, I didn't like the offset look that this order finished with, so I reordered the cords to have an even number of dark and light cords on each side, creating a more symmetrical pattern like so: DDD LDDDLLDDLLDDLLDDDDLLDDLLDDDLDDD

DDDLDDDLLDDLLDDLLDDDDLLDDLLDDDLDDD.)

3. Cut another cord approximately 3 yards long, and place this cord directly under the row of larkshead knots. This is going to be your filler cord for the double half hitch.

4. Tie four rows of double half hitches onto the 3-yard cord.

5. Break up the 68 cords into groups of four. Make five rows of double alternating square knots with each group of four, using two filler and two worker cords for the square knot and combining two groups for the alternating cords. (Translation of the previous step: Make two square knots with each group of four cords. Then, for the next knot you're going to combine every two groups of four to give you eight cords in total. Using the 3-6 cords, make two alternating square knots FOR EACH GROUP OF EIGHT. Now make another two square knots using each group of four. Now make another two alternating square knots using each group of eight, like before. Finally, make another two square knots for each group of four cords. Whew! Wasn't that fun? It will be when you see how nice this turns out!)

6. Cut another piece of cord 1 yard long, and make one row of double half hitches using this cord as the filler. Tie an overhand knot on either end of the filler cord.

7. This gets a little complicated, but nothing you can't handle! Using cords 20-49, break up your cords into groups with six cords in each group. With the four central cords (of each group), tie a square knot. Now take the two end cords (of each group) and tie square knot AROUND THE OTHER FOUR cords from the group, directly under the last knot. Finally, tie another square knot using the four central cords. Do this with every group of six cords from 20-49 (you should have 5 of these groups).

8. Cut another 1-yard filler cord, and double half hitch all 68 cords, snug up against your square knots.

9. Position the 24" rod just under the row of double half hitches and use the rod as a filler cord to make another row of double half hitches across all 68 cords.

10. This next step is a fun little change up from the regular alternating square knot routine. Tie a row of square knots and 1 1/2" below that, tie a row of alternating square knots, as usual. Now you're going to be tying a row of square knots and then a row of alternating square knots, but the cords being used is different. Split up all the cords into groups of eight (or really two groups of four). Using cords 1,2,5, and 6, make a square knot- use 1 and 6 as working cords and 2 and 5 as filler cords- 1 1/2" below the last knot. Now make an alternating square knot using cords 3,4,7, and 8- use 3 and 8 as worker cords and 4 and 7 as fillers- 1 1/2" below the last knot. Do this for all the cords from 1-68, and then repeat (so that you have sq, alt. sq, sq, alt. sq in this unusual cord tie). Finally, tie a regular row of alternating square knot 1 1/2" below the last knot.

11. Again, position the 24" rod below the last row of square knots and double half hitch around the rod across the 68 cords.

12. Cut a 1-yard filler cord, and tie a row of double half hitches just below the rod. Overhand both ends.

13. Repeat steps 5-7.

14. Cut a 3-yard filler cord and tie four rows of double half hitches under the last row of square knots you tied.

15. Last time, position 24" rod just under the last row of hitches and double half hitch around the rod with all 68 cords.

16. Using four cords for each knot, tie a row of overhand knots across the 68 cords.

17. Trim cords to desired tassel length, add embellishments if desired.

18. Hang up over tall windows, on patio doors, in a doorway or against the back of a door or wall as a decorative item.

19. Sit back to enjoy a stunning job well done.

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