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Feather Bar

Feather Bar
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Description:  The Feather Bar is a unique decorative knot that's suitable for a variety of Macrame projects.  

Paracord bracelets and belts can be constructed with this reversible design, along with pet leads, plant hangers, and more.

In the example, color A is purple, color B is yellow.
This design came from the Fusion Knots website.

Designs by JD Lenzen

Click on the image or link to visit.  The video gallery contains tutorials for a variety of interesting knots.

You can find this design under the name:
 Back to Back Feather Bar

Fusion Knots


To practice this decorative knot, cut one 2-yard cord of each color.  Prepare the ends to prevent unraveling.  For Paracord, heat and melt the tips.

The steps below show you how to make the Feather Bar around a loop, which is the best method if you want a clasp

When practicing, the clasp is optional.  You can simply secure the two cords on your board with pins, or attach them to a holding cord temporarily.

Size of Bar

Fold color A in half, creating a long bight.  The knots will be tied around this bight, so make it the size you want the Feather Bar to be when it's finished.  Add 1-inch if you want a loop.  

Use the right half of the cord to make a clockwise loop, passing over the left half.

Left Half

Make a counter-clockwise loop with the left half of the cord:

Bring it over the right end, under the bight in the center, and through the right loop under - over.

Tighten the two loops slightly by pulling on the ends.

Second Cord

Pass the color B cord through the two loops at the top.  Pull the ends of the color A cord to tighten the loops firmly.

When making a clasp, the button, bead, or button knot would be attached to the center of color B.


Feather Bar Process

Each cord has a right and left end, which are used to tie the knots. So they are called working ends.

The bight acts as a holding cord, with two portions (right and left).

The key to successfully creating this design is to use the working ends for one color at a time. 

Pay close attention to the position of the two cords before you tie each knot.

The working ends will switch places, so use them where they lie at the beginning of each step.

Color B Right

Step 1:  Move the right working end of Color B  to the left, passing under - over the bight (Color A).

Bring it under the left working end of Color B.

Color B Left

Step 2:  Move the left working end of Color B under the left half of the bight. 

Pass it over the right working end of Color B, and the right half of the bight, on a diagonal slant.

Bring it under the right portion of Color B further up.

The entire Feather Bar is made following steps 1 and 2.   You will simply alternate the colors and starting positions of the cords. 

Below are some tips and important points to follow as you continue:

Important:  Move the ends of Color A under those of the Color B cord.  

Do this before you tie any of the knots using color A.

Color A = Under

After the ends are positioned, use them to tie the next knot with Color A, following steps 1 and 2.

This image shows you the path of the right working end, which is labeled in white

The path of the left end is in black.

Color B = Over

Important:  When you switch to Color B, move the ends over the Color A cords. 

Then repeat steps 1 and 2.


Continue on, repeating steps 1 and 2. 

Make sure the design remains flat at all times.

Important:  When tightening each knot in the Feather Bar, try to keep it the same width as you progress. 

The area at the top will be narrower than the rest. 

Square Knot

Stop when the band is the size you want, or the final knot rests 1-inch from the folded area of the bight.

Tie a Square knot with two ends (same color), around the bight and the other two ends. 

The remaining portion of the bight is then used as part of the clasp, and the others are finished off.

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