MACRAME CURTAIN STYLE BEDHEAD
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- 9 x CRAFTERS CHOICE Cotton Twist Macrame Cord 50M (Natural) or 432.4 metres
- 1800mm x 19mm Dowel, Pine (hardware store)
- Cup hooks for hanging.
- Craft Glue
- Rubber Bands - to hold wrapped cords, with more taken out as needed.
- Sticky Tape can be used to wrap around the ends to prevent fraying.
- Bulldog clips.
Finished size: 130cms wide (not including dowel) x 210cms long
Note - To better manage this work, you can support each end of the rod on the backs of chairs and work sitting down.
When referring to cord numbers, it is a new count from left to right to identify the working cord to use.
WC - Working Cords, term given to cords to make knots.
FC - Filler Cords, term given to cords that knots are made around.
Step 1: Cut WCs and attach as per Step 2 in this order, 4x6m, 6x7m, 4x6m, 50x5m, 4x6m, 6x7m, 4x6m.
Step 2: Attach WCs to rod, using a LH knot. 156 WC in total.
Step 3: Work 3 Rows of alternating SKs across the width, where the 1st and 3rd row use all WCs and the 2nd, skips 2 WC at the beginning and the end.
Step 4: Cut a length of cord 160cms wide (MC), and clip to support the cord to sit just below last row of SKs. Work a row of HDHHR knots across the work, AT THE SAME TIME, to prevent too much bulk, work every 3rd knot as a single half hitch.
Step 5: Neaten the ends of this additional MC, weaving into the back, craft glue can also be used.
We will work in panels - there are 2 long panels on outer sides and 4 in the middle, with 5 thin connecting panels that emerge as the work progresses.
Left Outer Panel
Step 6: Skip first 2 cords, measure down 3cms, and make 7 SKs with next 28 WCs.
Step 7: Measure down 3cms, and make 7 SKs with 28 WCs.
Repeat last 2 steps. (4 rows of spaced alternating SKs in all)
Step 8: Cut a length of cord 40cms (MC), and clip to support the cord to sit 3cms below last row of SK. Work a row of HDHHR knots with the first 28 WCs, AT THE SAME TIME, to prevent too much bulk, work every 3rd knot as a single. Neaten ends as per step 5.
Step 9: Cross over WC 14 and 15 and lay at a 45 degree angle, these will become FCs. Working from right to left, work DDHHL with cords 13 to 1. Then work DDHHR with WCs 16 to 28.
Step 10: Measure down 5cms from the inverted point and work 1 SK with the middle 4 WC of this panel.
Step 11: Work 2 SK below this knot, with the middle 8 WCs.
Step 12: Skip 8 WCs and work 1 SK, then skip the middle 4 WC, work 1 SK. The horizontal middle of this row needs to be level with the last DDHH from step 9.
Step 13: Repeat Step 11, then work an addition SK below with middle 4 cords to complete the inner diamonds.
Step 14: Using the 1st WC lay diagonally across the work to sit 5cms below last SK, work DDHHR with next 13 WCs.
Step 15: Using WC 28 as an FC, lay from right to left to meet the point and work DDHHL with cords 27 to 15. Work an additional DDHHR with previous FC and this FC, to complete point of outer Diamond.
Step 16: Measure down 4cms and work a SK with the WCs 13 to 16, continue to make a full diamond in Alternating SKs, by adding 2 WCs to each side until all 28 WCs are worked. Then reduce the number back to just 1 SK is worked with he middle cords.
Step 17: Measure down 4cms and repeat Steps 9 to 15.
RIGHT OUTER PANEL
Step 18: Move to the last 28 WCs, and repeat steps 6 to 17 to mirror Left Outer Panel.
MIDDLE PANEL 1 (LEFT)
Working with next 24 Cords - and naming as 1-24.
Step 18: Cross over WC 12 and 13 and lay at a 45 degree angle, these will become FCs. Working from right to left, work DDHHL with cords 11 to 1. Then work DDHHR with WCs 14 to 24.
Step 19: Measure down 4.5cms from the inverted point and work 1 SK with the middle 4 WC of this panel.
Step 20: Work 2 SK below this knot, with the middle 8 WCs. The horizontal middle of this row needs to be level with the last DDHH from step 18.
Step 21: Work 1 more SK with middle 4 cords to complete the inner diamond.
Step 22: Using the 1st cord lay diagonally across the work to sit 4.5cms below last SK, work DDHHR with next 11 cords.
Step 23: Using WC 24 as an FC, lay from right to left to meet the point and work DDHHL with cords 23 to 13. Work an additional DDHHR with previous FC and this FC, to complete point of outer Diamond.
Step 24: Measure down 4cms, and work a SK with WC 11 to 14.
Step 25: Skip first 8 WCs and work 2 SKs with next 8 WCs.
Step 26: Skip 6 WCs and work 3 SKs with next 12 WCs.
Step 27: Skip 4 WCs and work 4 SKs with next 16 WCs.
Step 28: Repeat step 26, then step 25.
Step 29: Work an SK with WC 11 to 14. Diamond complete.
Step 30: Measure down 4.5cms, Cross over WCs 6&7, and lay on a 45 degreee angle to create FCs.
Step 31: Working from right to left, work DDHHL with cords 5 to 3, working left to right, work DDHHR with cords 8 to 10.
Step 32: Cross over middle cords 6&7 again, and repeat with only cords 5&4 then 8&9.
Step 32: Cross over middle cords 6&7 again, and repeat with only cords 5 then 8.
Step 33: Cross over middle cords 6&7, then use 7 as the FC and work DDHH with cord 6. Diamond complete.
Step 34: Skip middle 4 WC 11 to 14, then repeat steps 30 to 33 with the next 8 cords to mirror first diamond.
Step 35: Measure down 2cms from point of small diamonds and work 1 SK with middle 4 WC 11 to 14. Panel Complete
MIDDLE PANEL 2,3,4
Step 36: Count out next 24 WCs and repeat from step 18 to 35.
4 CORD JOINING PANELS
Step 37: With WCs 29 to 32, make a SK this knot inline with the 4th row of SKs in the side panel.
Step 38: *Measure down 4.5cms and repeat SK, repeat from * 3 more times.
Step 39: Repeat steps 38 & 39, inbetween each panel taking 2 cords from the side of each panel.
Trim ends randomly across bottom and tie of with an OK.