“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
-T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”
Some winters in New England just do me in, like this year (and it just started about a week ago)! So…being forced to stay indoors due to asthma and other medical issues, has caused me to experience a very early cabin fever.
What to do? What to do? Well, I read, write and craft! Some things like crochet, I can even do if I’m a good little girl following doctor’s orders and have to remain in bed…resting. I started crocheting a couple of mini-projects like scarves and those cute neck cowls that are the ‘rage’ this winter. (At least in Massachusetts). Hey, I can even watch streamed TV series with my Roku and crochet. No guilty conscience because I'm 'working' on something. BTW: Recently, my daughter recommended Stargate SG1, starring Richard Dean Anderson for most of the series. 'Scuse the pun, but I'm hooked…while crocheting at the same time!
Since I’m shackled to my little Cape Cod home, I also looked around to see what little things I can do ‘enhance’ my surroundings. I noticed that the nylon covered-cotton clothesline that I bought for about $4 from the local Bargain Outlet was still on my table next to the philodendron that I still needed to hang. I planned to use it as the cording. The crazy pink and tangerine colors also coordinate with the Bahamas’ jellyfish dining seats that I recovered a few months ago.
Here’s a thought: "Start and finish that macramé hanger that you’ve put on the low priority ‘to-do’ list!"
In the late 1970’s, I actually worked part-time as an arts and crafts teacher at the local Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Macramé was one of my fave crafts to teach ‘back in the day’. So, I hung a ring with the latched cord on one of my microphone stands. A mic stand? Yep. It had to do, since I knew hubby wouldn’t go for me nailing a hook on a wall, just to finish a one-time macramé project. (Translate: “He ain’t killin’ me!”)
DIY Macramé Crafty Tips
All you really need to know to complete a plant hanger like this are a couple of very simple knots: macramé hangman’s knot (noose), square knot and simple knot. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube that can help you learn, if like me, you’re a visual learner. I’ve also include the link for a simple tutorial with all the instructions from: the Dave’s Garden website. This page contains photos and close-up of the specific knots.
In the photo that I’ve included, you can see how I used the hangman’s knot at the top, middle and base of the hanger. (I secretly wish that this knot was called something else…) I could’ve added some beads, but that would’ve required going into my ‘Creating Room’ and probably getting sidetracked. I used quilting clips (purchased from Amazon.com) to keep the cord ends in place, so that they’d be easier to work with. You can always use rubber bands for this or anything else that will get the job done. Before I closed the base with the bottom hangman’s noose, I placed the planter in the hanger to make sure of my measurements (that I had taken before I started). Once satisfied with the fit, I marked the area that I’d add the wrapped knot that ties it all together. I left several inches of cording, before I cut it, then tied individual knots in each cord strand for an added touch of décor.