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Buttonhole Scallops

Buttonhole Scallops

Description:  Buttonhole Scallops were a mounting process commonly used in the early 1900¬ís. So this technique is considered a vintage knot.

Scallops form a finished edge along the top of items like curtains and wall hangings, which are the type of projects where they are most often seen.  But they can be used in any project where you want a decorative edge.

Since the scallops need to be attached to something, the Double Half Hitch is part of the overall design.

The primary decorative knot used to make scallops is the Vertical Larks Head.

Click on the links to practice both knots if you are not familiar with them.


Preparation:  To practice Buttonhole Scallops, you need one holding cord and one working cord (primary cords).  You also need an additional cord to hold the scallops.

In the images, the primary holding cord is dark blue.  The working cord is light blue. 

When making Macrame projects with scallops, add at least 18 inches to the length of the cords. 

Arrange the two primary cords vertically on your board.  Match the centers, which is where you will start the Larks Head knots.

The holding cord should be placed to the right of the working cord, with tension.  Mark the center with a pin.

Loop 1

Step 1: Make a counter-clockwise loop with the working cord, passing it over - under the holding cord.

As you pull it left, pass over the working cord to complete the loop.

Tighten firmly, so the knot is touching the pin.

Loop 2
  Step 2:  The second loop for the Vertical Larks Head knot is tied by passing the working cord under - over the holding cord.

Pull it left, and pass it under the working cord.

Steps 1 + 2 = one Larks Head knot

  Step 3:  Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a few more knots, until the sennit is 1/2-inch to 1-inch long. 

In a Macrame project, the length of the Buttonhole Scallops is usually 1-inch, but that depends on what you are making. 

Turn Around

Step 4:  To make the second half of the scallop, turn the sennit around so you start at the center again.

Use the other half of the cords to make the same number of Larks Head knots. 

Rotate clockwise, since the working cord is on the right.



Step 5:   Secure a holding cord on your board horizontally.  Fold the sennit at the center to form the scallop.

Place the knotted portion close to the holding cord, with the cords under it.

Give yourself some room by leaving the scallop wide as shown.


Half Hitch

Step 6:  Attach each of the cords to the horizontal holding cord with a Double Half Hitch.

This image shows only a single Half Hitch.  Make sure you tie two with each cord.

When moving left to right, the two loops should be tied counter-clockwise.


Step 6, continued:  Make sure the four DHH are close together when you are finished.

Buttonhole Scallops are usually tied with most of the cords you are mounting.

Since you are practicing, create a few more and place them next to the first one.

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