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Beaded Skirt Hanger

 
 
Beaded Skirt Hanger

Description:  The Beaded Skirt Hanger is unique in the fact that the focus is on the fringe rather than the top area, or the long sennits. 

The outer fringe is called a "skirt" since it is not gathered.  The beads are arranged in a spiral, and the cords are connected to each other.  Then they transition to a beaded fringe, following the same gradual spiral. 

The inner fringe is also beaded, and there are beads in the spirals above the basket.

This Macrame Plant Hanger is approximately 54 inches long, and is made for plant pots that are 7 inches in size. 

This Macrame project is suitable for beginners who have experience with the knots.  It is very time consuming to balance the tension of the cords when you add the beads to the skirt. 


2017 Update:  New images and changes made to the design, so it is more balanced.

If you need the original pattern, contact me





Supplies Needed:

  • 4mm cord material (193 yards)
  • One 2-inch ring
  • One 7-inch ring
  • 12mm Beads (100) -- hole size 5mm - 6mm
  • Four 20mm beads (or larger) -- for spirals
  • Tape



Knots Used:




 

Preparation:

  • Cut 8 cords, each 8 yards long
  • Cut 32 cords, each 4 yards long


Prepare the tips of the cords with tape, compressing the end as you apply it. 

 
 
 
 

Top Section


Step 1:  To begin the top section of the Beaded Skirt Hanger, locate the center of one 8-yard cordHold the 2-inch ring upright, and fold it over the bottom of it, as shown in the images below.  The center should be touching the ring.

Do the same with the remaining 8-yard cords.  You can place some of the cords on top of others if necessary.

Locate both halves of the two cords furthest to the right and left (working cords).  The other cords are fillers.  

Tie a Square Knot as described below:


Square knot Instructions


SK 1
< Move the left working cords to the right, passing over the fillers and under the right working cords.

Move the right working cords to the left, under the fillers and over the left working cord.  >
SK 2



The working cords have switched places, so you now make the second half of the SK in the opposite direction:

 

SK 3
< Move the left working cords to the LEFT, passing over the fillers and under the right working cords.

Move the right working cords to the RIGHT, under the fillers and over the left working cord.  >
SK 4



Tighten the Square Knot firmly, while holding the filler cords taut.  It should rest as close to the ring as possible.

Bundle each cord to make them easier to work with.  The method described below works well:
 

 
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Bundling Long Cords

Move down around 8 inches from the center, and wrap the cord around your hand several times. Stop when you have about 12 inches left.

  Wrap Cord Around Hand
 
 
Wrap the end around the center several times, to hold the coils together. Wrap firmly and pull the end tightly, so you end up with a sturdy bundle that's easy to handle.   Wrap End Around Middle
 
 

Pass the end under the coil closest to it, to hold it in place. Pull tightly to secure it.

As you work with the bundle, just pull to get more cord from it as needed. Make sure you tug on the end to tighten the wraps around the center, since the roll gets smaller as you pull from it.

  Tuck End Under Coil

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Step 2:  You will be creating a total of 4 long Spiral sennits for the top section of the Beaded Skirt Hanger.

Start by dividing the cords into four groups, each with four cords.   Mentally number the cords in one group.

The Spirals are made by tying the first half of a Square knot, which is called a Half Knot.  Tie the first one as described below:
 


Cord 1
<  Move cord 1 to the right, passing over cords 2 - 3 (fillers) and under cord 4.

Move cord 4 to the left, under the fillers and over cord 1.  >

Cord 4



Half Knots
< Tie four more knots (total of 5).


Twist the knots to the right, while holding the fillers taut.   >
Twist



Step 2, continued:  Continue creating the Spiral, tying five knots, then twisting them.   Push the knots close together to eliminate any extra space, so the top portion of the Beaded Skirt Hanger is neat and firm.

Stop when the sennit measures 10 inches.



Bead

Slide all 4 cords through a 20mm bead.  Arrange the working cords in front of the fillers.

The purpose for the bead is to disguise the area where you are switching cords. 

This is a change from the original pattern.



Switch

Switch cords, so you use the previous fillers as the new working cords (cords 2 and 3). 

Tie another Spiral sennit, measuring 10 inches. 

 

Step 3:  Repeat step 2 with the other three groups of cords. 

When you reach the place where the bead is attached, compare the sennit you are working on with one that's finished.  Make sure the beads are in the same place. 

Measure the sennits carefully, so they are all exactly the same length. The basket for the Beaded Skirt Hanger will not be level if they are different sizes.



 

The Basket

 
Half Hitch

Step 4:  Place the 4 cords from one Spiral under the 7-inch ring, then attach them with Double Half Hitches.

This image shows only the first Half Hitch. The second one will be to the right of it.   Tighten all the knots firmly, so the last knot in the Spiral touches the ring.



Step 4, continued:  Repeat the same process with the remaining cords.  Arrange each group so they are the same distance apart on the ring. 

Hang the Beaded Skirt Hanger from a hook in the ceiling or wall.

Check to make sure the ring is level.  Push the knots in the Spirals closer together if the ring is not level.   Usually that's all you need to do, but if necessary, remove the DHH and measure the sennits.   Make adjustments as needed.

Step 5:  Now you will attach the 4-yard cords to the ring, between the Spiral sennits, using REVERSE Larks Head knots:



Fold
< Fold one cord in half and place it on top of the ring as shown.

Bring the ends under the ring and over the folded area, as you pull them towards you. >

Tighten firmly.
Reverse LH



Half Hitches

Tie a Half Hitch with each half of the cord, onto the ring. Tighten firmly.


Mount 7 more cords in the same manner.



Step 6:   Repeat step 5, mounting the remaining 4-yard cords.  There should be 8 cords between the Spirals.

You can add extra Half Hitches if needed to completely cover the ring. 



This is where the Beaded Skirt Hanger has been changed from the original pattern. 

The beads for the basket rest between two Spirals, and you tie the knots differently in this area, too.



Step 7:  I recommend you hang the Beaded Skirt Hanger in some way, and determine which will be the back and front of the basket. 

Each section (side, front, back) is the area between two Spirals.



Spiral

Locate the 4 cords just below the LEFT Spiral sennit for the area you want for the front of the Beaded Skirt Hanger.  Mark the spot with a small piece of tape. 

Mentally number them 1 - 4.   Whenever you begin counting, always start with those four cords.


Row 1: Tie a row of Alternating Square Knots (ASK), starting with cords 1 - 4. Make sure the knots are firmly tightened, and rest as close to the ring as possible.


Row 2:  Tie the next row beginning with cords 3 - 6.


Row 3:  Tie this row starting with cords 1 - 4.



Row 4

Row 4:  Tie ASK with cords 3 - 6 and 7 - 10.

Add a bead to cords 12 - 13, and tie a Half Knot (first half of SK) with cords 11 - 14, below the bead.



Continue tying ASK until you reach the back of the Beaded Skirt Hanger. 

Add a bead to cords 52 - 53, and tie a Half Knot below with cords 51 - 54.  

Complete the row, tying ASK with the remaining cords.

Row 5: Tie the ASK beginning with cord 1, and do not add any beads.




Row 6

Row 6: Tie the first ASK with cords 3 - 6.  Add a bead to cords 8 - 9, and tie a Half Knot below it with cords 7 - 10.

Tie the next ASK with cords 11 - 14.  Add a bead to cords 16 - 17, and tie a Half Knot below it with cords 15 - 18.


Continue tying ASK until you reach the back of the Beaded Skirt Hanger.  

Place a bead on cords 48 - 49, and tie a Half Knot with cords 47 - 50. 

Tie the next knot with cords 51 - 54.  Place a bead on cords 56 - 57, and tie a Half Knot with cords 55 - 58.

Finish the row by tying ASK with the remaining cords.



Row 7:  Repeat row 5 (no beads).



Row 8

Row 8:  Add a bead to cords 4 - 5, and tie a Half Knot below it with cords 3 - 6. 

Tie the next ASK with cords 7 - 10.  Add a bead to cords 12 - 13, and tie the Half Knot with 11 - 14.

Tie an ASK with cords 15 - 18. 


Add a bead to cords 20 - 21, and tie the Half Knot with cords 19 - 22.

Continue tying ASK until you reach the back of the Beaded Skirt Hanger. 

Place a bead on cords 44 - 45, and tie the Half knot with cords 43 - 46.   Tie the next ASK with cords 47 - 50.

Add a bead to cords 52 - 53, and tie the Half Knot with 51 - 54.

Tie an ASK with cords 55 - 58.  Add a bead to cords 60 - 61, and tie the Half Knot with cords 59 - 62.

Complete the row by tying ASK with the remaining cords.



Row 9:  Repeat row 5 (no beads).


Row 10: Repeat row 6.


Row 11: Repeat row 5 (no beads).


Row 12: Repeat row 4.


Row 13: Repeat row 5 (no beads). 


Row 14:  Tie another row of ASK  without adding beads.


 

Mark

Row 15: Tie a final row of ASK to complete the basket for the Beaded Skirt Hanger. 

As you do so, apply tape to the right working cord for each knot, to mark them.



Bundle

Step 8:  Gather the marked cords into a bundle, and keep them neatly organized (see next image).

Cut a 36-inch cord to make a Wrapped Knot around the group of marked cords.  Make it at least 1.5 inches long, and wrap firmly (but not tightly).  You need to be able to move the knot.



Bottom

Place a pot inside the basket if you can.  Move the Wrapped Knot until it touches the bottom of the pot.  It's easier to do this with the basket upside down on a table.  

Make sure the knot rests in the center and the cords are all balanced and neat.


 

 

Beaded Skirt and Fringe

 
Step 9:  To make the outer (skirt) fringe for the Beaded Skirt Hanger, you will be placing beads to form a spiral pattern.  The knots are connected, which is different from a regular fringe. 

You start in the center back area, using groups of 4 cords.  The right working cord for one knot is shared with the next knot, linking them together.

In the area between the bottom of the basket and the row of beads, the cords should be as straight as possible. Here is how I recommend you tighten the knots after adding the beads:

  • Pull the four cords straight down so they are taut.
  • After you tie the first half of the SK, make sure it's resting at the same level as the second half from the previous knot. 
  • Tighten slowly and keep the knot level (not tilted). 
  • When you release the cords, they should be straight.  Remove the knot and try again if the cords are bowing too much.  Sometimes pulling on the fillers will correct the problem. 



Line Up

Locate the 4 cords that rest straight down from the lowest bead in the basket.  Two cords should come from two adjacent knots.

Tie the first half of an SK with cords 1 - 4.  Place a bead on the fillers (cords 2 - 3), and tie the second half of the knot below it.  Tighten the knot so the bead rests close to the bottom of the basket.


 
Next 4

The next group of four cords consists of the right working cord from the first group, plus 3 free cords next to it. 

So tie the first half of a SK with cords 4 - 7, add the bead to cords 5 - 6, and tie the second half of the knot below it.



Listed below are the 4-cord combinations for the rest of the Beaded Skirt Hanger. 

Make sure the first cord is always the right working cord from the previous knot.



4-cord
Combination

Bead
Placement
>>> 4-cord
Combination

Bead Placement
7 - 10
8 and 9
10 - 13
11 and 12
13 - 16
14 and 15
16 - 19
17 and 18
19 - 22
20 and 21
22 - 25
23 and 24
25 - 28
26 and 27
28 - 31
29 and 30
31 - 34
32 and 33
34 - 37
35 and 36
37 - 40
38 and 39
40 - 43
41 and 42
43 - 46
44 and 45
46 - 49
47 and 48
49 - 52
50 and 51
52 - 55
53 and 54
55 - 58
56 and 57
58 - 1 **

59 and 60



** The last knot includes the first cord you started with. 

Step 10:  Repeat step 9. 

You can repeat again if you have enough beads, but keep in mind you need to have at least 12 inches of material for the beaded fringe (measure shortest cords).



Transition

Step 11:  A regular beaded fringe begins right after the place where you stopped in the last step. 

You put the bead onto two cords, then slide it down so it's slightly lower than the previous bead.  Usually that's 8 - 10 inches from the bead above it.

Tie an Overhand knot (or other finishing knot) below the bead.  



Step 11, continued:   Measure the distance between this bead and the one above it (red line on image above). 

Then add beads to the other cords, measuring the same distance each time, so the spiral will continue on the same slant.



Inner Fringe

Step 12:  Move up to the Wrapped knot under the basket.  Select two cords that rest next to each other.

Add a bead and slide it down to an area below the last one in the skirt.  Tie an Overhand knot to secure it.

Repeat the same process with the other cords.

 
 
Step 13:  Finish the Beaded Skirt Hanger by cutting off the excess material from each Overhand knot. 

When using Bonnie Braid or similar synthetic material, you can cut off most of the excess, leaving a little stub.

Melt the stub with a BBQ lighter and push it against the bottom of the Overhand knot.  This prevents the knot from untying.


 


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