The Macrame Rose is a very pretty decoration
that's easy to make. It's a time
consuming project, but well worth the
The petals are made with Double Half Hitches
arranged in vertical rows that curve at the
bottom. There are a total of 17 petals in
I strongly recommend you use acrylic YARN to
create this Macrame flower. The petals will
be easier to shape, and the knots will be smaller
and more neatly arranged. You must use
material that can be melted
during the finishing process, and acrylic yarn or
nylon material both work well. Do not use Satin
because the glue will permanently stain the
material, and the knots aren't tight enough.
Make sure you test the material by applying a
flame to it, to make sure it melts
not burn. Also test the glue to
verify it doesn't permanently stain the material,
and dries clear.
This Macrame project is easy and suitable for
beginners. The most challenging part is
controlling the fine cords used in the design.
Make sure you know the difference between working
cords and holding cords (see the Dictionary).
Special thanks to Charity Akeiti for suggesting
this Macrame project.
2mm SYNTHETIC material (yarn, nylon,
polyester, etc.) -- 62
First you will make the smallest petals, which
form the bud on the inside of the Macrame Rose.
1 Holding Cord, 9 inches long.
1 Holding Cord, 20 inches long.
5 Working Cords, each 9 inches long.
To prepare the cords, tie an Overhand knot at both
ends of the holding cords, so they are easy to
Apply tape to the ends of the working cords.
All the holding
cords for the Macrame Rose are mounted
with REVERSE Larks Head knots, as described below:
2: Arrange the
20-inch holding cord horizontally
on your board. Make sure it has
tension. Mentally label it holding
Fold the other holding cord in half (Cord
B) and place it on
top of holding cord A, with the
ends heading towards the back of the
Bring the ends of holding cord B under
cord A, pulling them towards you.
They pass over
the folded area of cord B.
Match the ends and pull to tighten.
All the WORKING Cords for the Macrame Rose are
attached to two
cords with Double Half Hitches.
Each time you start a petal, no matter which size,
you attach the working cords to the holding cords
in the middle of the group.
In this case, you attach them to the two halves of
holding cord B. Mentally number them 1 and
Secureholding cord 1 (left) vertically, stretching
it so it has tension.
Slide a working
both holding cords. The center should rest
Hold the working cord at the center while
you secure the right
half of it to your board.
Place the pin close to holding cord
4: Tie a counter-clockwise
Half Hitch with the left halfof the working cord, onto holding
A Half Hitch is tied by making a loop, over
- under the holding cord.
As you pull it left, pass over
to complete the loop.
Step 5: Tighten the first knot
firmly, then tie a second knot onto
holding cord 1, to make it a Double
6: Remove the pin and use the right
half of the working cord to tie a
Half Hitch onto holding
tighten it yet.
7: Pull holding
cord 2 towards the first
DHH. In this case, that's to the
Tighten the new Half Hitch
The purpose for moving the holding cord towards
the other knot is to help narrow the gap between
them. The Macrame Rose looks a lot better if
the rows of DHH are close together.
The rows will be neater if you tighten all the
knots as much as possible.
You should repeat this step
each time you tie a new DHH.
Tie a second Half Hitch, then pull the
holding cord to the left again while
straighten the holding cord after tying
both Half Hitches.
This will allow the knot to relax into a
normal position, which is beside
the other knot.
7 to attach the remaining working
cords to holding cords 1 and 2 (total of
Make sure the knots don't overlap and they
9: Move holding cord 1 under
cord 2, then attach it with a single
Half Hitch (clockwise).
As you create the other petals for the
Macrame Rose, you will connect each pair
of rows in this same manner.
The finishing process for the Macrame Rose
includes using glue when you are attaching the
working cords onto holding
cord A, which forms the outer edge of
You apply a single drop of glue to the holding
cord just before you tighten the Half
Hitches with each working cord.
Some glue might seep out, so make sure you test it
on the material before
you use it, to make sure the stain is not
both halves of holding
cord A, and attach each working
cord to them, along with holding cords 1
and 2. Tie counter-clockwise
DHH on the left, andclockwise
DHH on the right.
Make sure you pull the holding
the previous rows while
tightening each knot.
Step 11: Pull gradually
on both halves of holding cord A, so the
top of the petal has a curve.
Pass the left half of holding cord A under
the right half, and tie a Double
Half Hitch (clockwise).
Repeat Steps 1 -
11 two more times, making a
total of 3 small petals.
You will now make medium sized petals for your
Macrame Rose. You will have three holding
cords, one at the top and two vertical. So
the petals will be wider and slightly longer than
the small ones.
2 Holding cords, each 12 inches long.
1 Holding cord, 20 inches long.
5 Working cords, each 11 inches long.
Prepare the tips as you did with the small
Arrange the 20-inch
holding cord (A) horizontally on
your board. Mount the other two holding
cords onto it with reverse Larks Head
knots (see step 2).
Mentally number the four cords.
Repeat steps 3 - 8,
attaching the five working cords to holding
cords 2 and 3.
Move holding cord 2 under
3, then attach it with a single
15: Bring down holding
cords 1 and 4, and attach the
working cords to them with DHH
Attach holding cords 2 and 3 as
Remember to pull the holding cords towards
the previous rows of DHH, as you tighten
To connect the
two rows, pass holding cord 1 under
cord 2, then tie a single
16: Bring down both halves
cord A, and attach the other
cords to them with DHH.
Make sure you add the glue before you
tighten the Half Hitches (see step
continued: To complete the medium
petal for the Macrame Rose, pull gradually on both
halves of holding cord A to encourage the top to
become more rounded. It's OK if the petal
bends in the middle, since it's supposed to be
curved rather than flat.
Pass the left half of the holding cord under
the right, then tie a clockwise Double
Step 17: Repeat steps 13 - 16
three more times, making a total of 4 petals.
You will now make the large petals for your
Macrame Rose. The difference is that you now
have 3 vertical holding cords, along with holding
cord A at the top.
Holding cord A is arranged differently, to
encourage the top edge to curve.
3 holding cords, each 14 inches long.
1 holding cord, 20 inches long.
5 working cords, each 13 inches long.
Prepare the cords as you did with the small
cord A (20-inch cord) into an
inverted V shape, as shown.
Attach one holding cord to it with a
reverse Larks Head knot, at the center top
other two holding cords on either side of
the first. Make sure the Larks Head
Mentally number the holding cords 1 - 6.
steps 3 - 8, attaching
the five working cords to holding
cords 3 and 4.
When you are finished, move holding cord 3
4, then tie a single Half Hitch.
21: Bring down holding
cords 2 and 5. Attach the
working cords as well as holding cords 3
Connect the rows by moving holding cord 2
5, then tie a single Half Hitch.
Move the two halves of holding
cord A closer together, so they are
This will help make the top edge of the petal
become more rounded.
Bring down holding
cords 1 and 6. Attach the
working cords as well as the previous
Move holding cord 1 under
6, and tie a single Half Hitch to connect
23: Bring down both halves
Attach the other cords to it with
DHH. Don't forget to add the
To complete the large petal for the Macrame
rose, pull firmly on both halves of holding
cord A to make the middle area curved
rather than flat, and to make the top more
Move the left half of the holding cord under the
right, then tie a clockwise Double Half Hitch to
Repeat steps 18 -
23 four times, to create a total
of five large petals.
The outer petals for the Macrame Rose are slightly
larger than ones you just made. It's
important that these be as rounded as possible,
especially along the upper edge.
4 holding cords, each 18 inches long
Cut 1 holding
cord, 20 inches long
5 working cords, each 16 inches long
arrange holding cord A (20-inch cord)
horizontally, then mount the other 4
holding cords to it with reverse Larks
the knots into a rounded inverted V
shape. Secure them well, so they
can't straighten. Mentally number
the 8 holding cords.
steps 3 - 8, attaching
the five working cords to holding
cords 4 and 5.
Pass holding cord 4 under
5, and connect them by tying a single Half
Bring down each of the holding cords in pairs, in
the combinations below. Attach the working
cords to them, along with and any holding cords
previously used. Remember to connect the two
rows at the bottom by tying a single Half Hitch.
Holding cords 3 and 6
Holding cords 2 and 7
Holding cords 1 and 8
28: Bring down both halves
cord A, then attach all the other
cords to them with DHH. Remember to
add the glue.
Pull firmly on holding cord A so the petal
curves and is nicely rounded at the
top. Then pass the left half
under the right, and tie a Double Half
steps 25 - 28 four more times, to make a
total of five outer petals.
Finishing and Construction
The finishing process for all the petals in the
Macrame Rose involves cutting off certain cords,
and melting the stubs so the edges are neat.
The working cords have tape, so should be easy to
identify. But you will need to countthe
cords to determine which holding cords to
keep intact (described in the instructions below).
Finish the three small
petals by cutting off all the working
cords close to the outer edges. Be
very careful, so you don't cut the knots.
Use the BBQ lighter to melt the little
stubs. Immediately after applying the flame,
press the edge against the table. This will
cause the melted portion to flatten, so the edges
31: Identify Holding
cord A, which have the knots on
the ends. They
are not used in this step.
The remaining 2 holding cords are used to
connect the petals. Place two petals
Pass the holding cord from the left petal
the right, and tie a DHH. Apply glue
prior to tightening.
step 31, connecting the third
petal to the second. Then connect
the first and third petal in the same
Arrange the three petals so they are
touching, and use glue along the edges to
hold them in place. Wrap some tape
around them while the glue dries.
continued: When the glue is
completely dry, cut off the cords used to connect
the three petals.
both halves of holding cord A intact,
since they will be used in construction.
33: The medium petals for
the Macrame Rose have more holding cords
to choose from.
Locate cord 6, which is next to the 5th
working cord, as well as holding cord
these cords intact.
Cut off the working cords and the other
holding cords. Melt the stubs and
press them against the edges.
medium petals next to each other.
Pass cord 6 from the left petal under the
one from the right, and tie a DHH. Apply glue
prior to tightening.
Connect them all in this manner, including
the 1st and 4th. You can cut
off cord 6 from each petal, after the glue
is completely dry (optional).
step 33 to finish the large petals for
your Macrame Rose. To connect the petals, usecord
7, which is the 2nd holding cord below
the working cords. Keep holding cord A
intact as well.
Cut off the remaining holding cords and the
working cords, finishing them off at the edges
with melting and pressure.
Connect the five petals by using cord 7 to tie the
DHH. Apply glue before tightening.
When it's dry, you can cut off cord 7 from each
step 34 with the outer petals, but do
not cut off cord 7 after connecting
them. Keep those intact, along with
holding cords A.
36: Constructing the
Macrame Rose is easy. Place the
cords from the small petals through the
ring of medium petals.
Then place those cords through the ring of
large petals. Pass them
through the outer petals.
37: Arrange the petals so
they curve and are slightly offset from
one another, especially the large and
Tie a Wrapped Knot with a 2-yard cord,
making sure it very
tight. This is optional if
you prefer a different finishing method.
continued: Pull each cord
firmly to make sure the petals are snugly attached
to one another.
You can use green floral tape to wrap around the
cords if you want a stem. I recommend you cut them
at varying lengths, so they are not as
finishing option is to cut off the excess
material 2 inches from the Wrapped Knot,
and unravel to form a soft fluffy ball.
Then create this Tea Cup
Decoration, and place the
Macrame Rose inside the cup. Makes a
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