Description:
The Bell Tower is a unique Macrame Plant
hanger. The design at the top
resembles a pair of double
bells. You can also add real
bells for decoration (optional).

Layered fringe is located below the small
bell as well as the bottom of the
cradle. This can be left wavy or be
brushed, as shown in the image.

The cradle is unique in that it is wide
and shallow, suitable for short plant
pots, or artificial flowers.

The size of the finished plant hanger is
36 inches tall, suitable for small spaces.
I've also provided you with details to
make a 40-inch design.

This Macrame project is rated moderate,
since some experience is necessary.
Be sure to practice all the knots used in
the design, before you get started.

Prepare the ends all the cords with tape,
to prevent unraveling while you work on the Bell
Tower.

Pass 8 of the
long
cords through a 3-inch ring, folding them
in half and centering them.

Secure one end of the the 36-inch cord on
the left. Fold it as shown, so the
long portion is resting to the left of the
secured portion.

Begin the
Wrapped Knot by moving the long end of the
short cord to the right, over the front of
the cords. Bring it behind the
cords, moving it to the left.

Pull it tightly before repeating the
process to make the next wrap. The
first two wraps should be as close to
the ring as possible.

Wrap 5 more
times, progressing downward. Pass the
working end through the folded area, which
looks like a loop now.

Pull the secured
end of the cord (top of knot), to
move theloop and working end inside
the knot.

Apply glue under each end, so it's inside the
wrapped portion. Cut the ends flush with the top
and bottom edge of the Wrapped Knot (36-inch cord
only).

Important:
Pull down firmly on each of the long cords, so
they tighten around the lower portion of the ring.

Use
these same instructions each time you create a
Wrapped Knot, further down on the Bell Tower.

Large Bell Design

Step
2: Organize the cords into
4 groups of 4 cords. Mentally number
the cords in each group 1 - 4.

Tie a Square Knot in each group, using
cords 1 and 4 as the working cords.
Tighten them firmly, so they rest next to
the lower edge of the Wrapped Knot.

For the second
row of SK, alternate
the cords.

Each new knot (2nd row) should be tied
combining cords 1 - 2 from one knot with 3
- 4 from another knot (in the first
row).

Step
3: Alternate the cords again,
into the same 4 groups as row
1. Mentally number the cords
in one group, 1 - 4.

Fold two 6.5-yard cords in half, and place
one around each working
cord (numbered 1 and 4).
Tie the Square Knot with the cords you
have been working with, NOT the new
cords.

Step 4:Repeat
step 3, adding the remaining 6.5 yard
cords to the other 3 groups.

Step
5: Arrange the cords coming from
two knots
in front of you.

Find the 2 ends of one new
cord from the left knot (1), and
do the same with the right knot (2).

Use the four ends to tie one SK, which
will rest between
knots 1 and 2.

Step 6:Repeat
step 5, tying SK with all the remaining new cords.

Step
7: Tie 6 more rows of ASK,
working in a circle to form a tube.

This may be easier for you if you hang the
Bell Tower design from the ring at the
top.

Attach all the
cords to a 5-inch ring with Double Half
Hitches (DHH). Add extra Half
Hitches if needed, to cover the entire
ring.

Tighten the Half Hitches as much as
possible, so the last row of ASK rests
against the ring. This will cause
the lower portion to spread out, forming
the large bell at the top of the Bell
Tower.

Small Bell Design

Step 8: Mentally
number the cords 1 - 32. Locate cords 5 - 8,
13 - 16, 21 - 24, and 29 - 32 (total of 16
cords).

Bundle these cords and pull
them to the inside of the remaining
groups, since they will be used to create the
small bell for the Bell Tower design.

Use a 36-inch cord to make a Wrapped Knot
around the bundle (as in step
1). It should consist of 5
wraps.

Add glue below the ends and cut them close
to the top and bottom edge of the knot
(36-inch cord only).

Important:
Pull firmly on each of the cords in the
bundle. They should be straight and
taut in the area above the Wrapped
Knot.

The top
of the knot should be lined up with the
ring, and rest in the center
of it. Adjust the knot as needed, so
the Bell Tower is balanced.

Step
9: Tie 4 rows of ASK,
moving in a circle to form a tube, similar
to what you did in step 7.

Attach all the cords to a 3-inch ring with
DHH. Make sure you pull the cords
tightly, so the last row of ASK rests
against the ring. Add extra Half
Hitches if needed, so the ring is
completely covered.

Bundle the 16
cords so they line up with the center of
the ring. Tie a Wrapped Knot around
them, using a 36-inch cord. Apply glue and
cut off the excess (36-inch cord).

Important:
Pull each cord, so the portions above the
knot are flat and taut.

Step
10: Measure from the lower edge of
the Wrapped Knot down 7 inches. Cut the
cords at that point.

SAVE
THE SCRAPS. They will be used to
make the cradle. Apply tape to the cut ends
to prevent unraveling.

Long Sennits

Like most plant hangers, the Bell Tower has 4
long sennits. These are made with Buttonhole
designs. The number will vary, depending on the
size:

36-inch
size: Total of 6 Buttonhole Designs

40-inch
size: Total of 8 Buttonhole Designs

Step 11:
The 4 groups of cords coming from the ring of the
large
bell are used to tie the sennits, so
mentally number the cords in one
set 1 - 4.

Tie a tight Square knot using cords 1 and 4,
around fillers 2 and 3.

Step
12: With the same group, use cord
4 to tie a Vertical Larks Head onto cord
3, rotating clockwise.

The first part is tied by making a loop, over
- under cord 3. Pass the
end over
cord 4.

The second
part is tied by making another loop, this
time under
- over cord 3. Pass the end
under
cord 4.

Step 13:Repeat
step 12 three more times, for a
total of 4 Larks Head knots.

Step
14: For the left half of
the Buttonhole design, use cord
1 to tie 4 Vertical Larks head
knots, rotating counter-clockwise.

Complete the design by tying another SK
with the four cords. The working
cords are 1 and 4.

Step 15: For a 36-inch Bell
Tower:

Repeat
steps 12 - 14, creating 2
more Buttonhole designs using the same
group of four cords.

For a 40-inch
Bell Tower:

Repeat
steps 12 - 14, creating 3
more Buttonhole designs using the same group of
cords.

Step
16: Slide all 4 cords
through one bead, and position it against
the last SK.

Switch
the cords so the shortest two are between
the two longer cords.

This is important, so
you have enough material to finish the
Bell Tower.

Step 17:
Use the two longest cords to tie a Square Knot,
around the two short cords (fillers).

Step 18:Repeat
steps 11 - 17, in each of the remaining 3
sets of cords coming from the ring of the large
bell.

Step 19:
Before you create the cradle for the Bell Tower,
you should make the fringe in the upper area.

Divide the cords dangling below the small
bell so that the 8 cords on the inside
center area of the bundle are used to
make the long fringe.

The short fringe is made with the 8 cords on the outside.

Measure from the bottom
of the Wrapped knot down to the following lengths:

Long
Fringe: Unravel the cords as much
as possible, then brush and trim them to 6
inches.

Short
Fringe: Unravel, and then
brush and trim the cords to 3 inches.

The Cradle

The Cradle for the Bell Tower starts out by
adding several cords to each of the long sennits.
You
need a total of 32 cords, 1.5 yards long.

Sort through the scraps you cut off from the small
bell in step 10. Use any scraps that are at
least 1.5 yards long (54 inches). For
scraps over 3 yards long, cut them in half.

Step 20:
Each time you are asked to add cords, you fold a
1.5 yard cord in half, and place it under the two
cords that will hold the knot. Secure it at
the center, and make sure it's balanced. Use
the
new cord to tie a Square
Knot.

Row 1:
Mentally number the four cords coming from
one long Buttonhole sennit. Add a
1.5-yard cord onto cords 1 and 2.

Add another 1.5-yard cord onto cords 3 and
4.

Row
2: Mentally re-number the 8
cords.

Add a 1.5-yard cord onto cords 1 and 2,
and another one onto cords 7 and 8.

Tie an ASK with cords 3 - 6.

Row
3: Mentally re-number the
12 cords.

Add a 1.5-yard cords onto cords 1 and 2,
and another onto cords 11 and 12.

Tie an ASK with cords 3 - 6, and another
with 7 - 10.

Row 4:
Mentally re-number the 16 cords. Add a
1.5-yard cord onto 1 and 2, and another onto cords
15 and 16.

The ASK with cords 3 - 6, 7 - 10, and 11 -
14.

Row
5: Mentally re-number the
20 cords. Do not add any new cords
to this row.

Tie ASK with cords 3 - 6, 7 - 10, 11 - 14,
and 15 - 18.

Mark
cords 1, 2, 19, and 20 with a small
piece of tape, so you can easily
identify them.

Step 21:
Repeat step 20, adding a total of 8 new
cords to the other three long sennits.
Be sure to mark cords 1, 2, 19, 20 after tying the
knots in row 5.

Step 22: Place
two of the V designs next to each other. Make sure
the long sennits for the Bell Tower are not
twisted, and are face up.

Locate cords 19, 20 from the left design
and 1, 2 from the one on the right (marked
cords).

Tie a SK with the 4 cords. The
working cords used to tie the knot should
be 19 and 2.

Step 23:
Repeat the same process, linking all the V designs
by connecting cords 19, 20, 1 and 2 (marked
cords). Each design should be
connected to another at both
sides.

Step 24:
Tie several more rows of ASK, working in a circle
all the way around the cradle for the Bell
Tower.

The number of rows is up to you, but make sure you
stop
when the shortest cords are 18 inches
long.

Step 25:
You will now be attaching half
the cords to the last 5-inch ring, at the
bottom of the Bell Tower. Pass the four
cords from each SK into the ring, one set at a
time.

Attach only the
fillers to the ring (cords 2 and 3),
with DHH. The working cords are 1 and 4, and
should dangle freely inside the ring.

Make sure these DHH are firmly tied, so the ring
rests against the last row of ASK. You can
add extra Half Hitches if necessary, to completely
cover the ring.

Step 26: Gather
all the cords you did
not attach to the ring (working cords
from the Square knots) into a bundle. Make
sure they are as straight as possible and don't
overlap one another.

Tie a Wrapped Knot around them using a
36-inch cord. Make sure it rests in the
center of the ring.

Important:
Pull down on each cord, so they are
straight and taut in the area above the
knot.

Lower Fringe

The fringe for the Bell Tower consists of 3
layers. You can make the layers any length,
but try to keep each layer at least 2 inches
different from the next, so you can see all three
levels.

Step
27: Select 12 cords from
inside the bundle of cords you just
wrapped, and cut them to at
least 7 inches.

Trim the remaining cords from the bundle
to at
least 5 inches.

To make the
third layer of Fringe for your Bell Tower
Planter, trim the cords attached to the
ring to at least 3
inches.

Unravel
and brush all the cords to create
the fringe, as you did in step 19.

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