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Owl Holder


Owl Holder

Description:  The Owl Holder is unique in the fact that the head is rounded rather than the more typical V-shape.  The wings are folded inward, and there is a soft fringe around the eyes, tail, and wings. 

A ring or square is added to make this Macrame Owl a towel holder.  You can add a branch if you don't want a ring.  Try to use plastic eyes rather than beads.

This Macrame project is rated Easy, suitable for beginners.  Make sure you know how to tie all the knots listed below.

The finished size is 18 inches tall (includes hanger).





 
 Supplies Needed:
  • 6mm cord material
  • Two 1.5-inch rings
  • Two Eyes
  • One ring or square 5 - 7 inches (or 8-inch branch)
  • Project board, pins, glue
 

Knots Used:




Preparation and Mounting


Cutting Instructions:
  • Cut 8 cords, each 2.5 yards long.
  • Cut 14 cords, each 36 inches long (1 yard)
  • Cut 1 Holding cord, 1.5 yards long

Prepare the tips to prevent unraveling while you work on the Owl Holder.  When using Bonnie Braid, you can melt the tips with a flame.




Step 1: Arrange the holding cord horizontally on your board.   Secure it at the center and close to the ends, making sure it has tension.

Attach the first 2.5-yard cord to the holding cord with a REVERSE Larks Head knot, as described below.  It should be placed to the left of the center.


Fold
<< Fold the cord in half, and
place it on top of the holding
cord as shown.

Bring the ends under the holding cord and over the folded area. >>

Match the ends and tighten.
Ends



Half Hitches

Tighten the Larks Head firmly, then tie a Half Hitch with each half of the cord. 

Tighten those knots, then slide the cord to the pin at the center.

Attach the other cords in the same manner, so that there are four cords on each side of the center.




The Head



Curve

Now you will create the rounded Head for the Owl Holder.

Step 2:  Curve the cords as shown in this image, so that the ends of the holding cord are vertical. 

Mentally number the long cords 1 - 16 (do not include the holding cords).



Important:  All the Square Knots described below should be firmly tied, so they are close together.

This includes the ones near the mounting knots, which may rest on an angle.



Left SK

Step 3:  For row 1, tie a LEFT SK with cords 5 - 8.


Whenever you make the SK on the left half of the Owl Holder, you start by curving the left working cord.  In this case, that's cord 5.



Right SK


Tie a RIGHT SK with cords 9 - 12.


When you make the SK on the right half of the design, you always start by moving the right working cord.  In this case, that's cord 12.




Row 2

Step 4:  For row 2, tie LEFT SK with cords 3 - 6 as well as 7 - 10.

Tie a RIGHT SK with cords 11 - 14.



Row 3

Step 5:  For row 3, tie LEFT SK with cords 1 - 4 as well as 5 - 8.

Tie RIGHT SK with cords 9 - 12 and 13 - 16.



Row 4

Step 6:  For row 4, tie a LEFT SK with the holding cord combined with cords 1 and 2 (filler is cord 1).  Tie the LEFT SK with 3 - 6 and with 7 - 10. 

Tie a RIGHT SK with cords 11 - 14.  Tie a RIGHT SK with cords 15 and 16 combined with the holding cord (filler is cord 16).



Row 5

Step 7:  To make row 5, repeat step 5.



Row 6

Step 8:  To make row 6, repeat step 6.


To make row 7, repeat step 5 (not shown).




The Wings and Body



You will now add the 1-yard cords to the holding cord on both sides of the Owl Holder.  These will be used for the wings.

They need to be attached with a regular Larks Head knot, followed by Half Hitches, as described below.

Step 9:  First, move the holding cords diagonally, and secure them with tension.


Fold
<< Fold one cord and place it under the left holding cord
as shown.

Bring the ends over the holding cord, and under the fold.  >>

Match the ends and tighten.
Ends



Half Hitches

Tie a Half Hitch with each end of the cord, then slide the knots right, so they rest against the head.


Step 10:
  Repeat step 9, placing 6 more cords beside the one just mounted.

Then mount 7 cords to the other end of the holding cord, on the right side of the Owl Holder.



Left SK

Step 11:  Mentally number all the cords (wings and head).  Do not include the holding cord. 

For row 8, tie LEFT SK with the following groups:

Cords 1- 4, 5 - 8, 9 - 12, 13 - 16, 17 - 20,  21 - 24.



Right SK

Step 12: Tie RIGHT SK with the following groups:

Cords 25 - 28, 29 - 32, 33 - 36, 37 - 40, 41 - 44



Step 13:  Tie the 9th row of ASK:

LEFT SK:  Cords 3 - 6, 7 - 10, 11 - 14, 15 - 18, 19 - 22.

RIGHT SK: Cords 23 - 26, 27 - 30, 31 - 34, 35 - 38, 39 - 42.



Step 14:  Tie the 10th row of ASK:

LEFT SK:  Cords 5 - 8, 9 - 12, 13 - 16, 17 - 20,  21 - 24.

RIGHT SK:  Cords 25 - 28, 29 - 32, 33 - 36, 37 - 40.



Step 15:  Tie the 11th row of ASK:

LEFT SK:  Cords 7 - 10, 11 - 14, 15 - 18, 19 - 22

RIGHT SK:  Cords 23 - 26, 27 - 30, 31 - 34, 35 - 38



Step 16:  Tie the 12th row of ASK:

LEFT SK:  Cords 9 - 12, 13 - 16, 17 - 20,  21 - 24.

RIGHT SK:  Cords 25 - 28, 29 - 32, 33 - 36.



Step 17:  Tie the 13th row of ASK:

LEFT SK:
  Cords 11 - 14, 15 - 18, 19 - 22.

RIGHT SK:  Cords 23 - 26, 27 - 30, 31 - 34



Step 18:  Tie the 14th row of ASK:

LEFT SK:  Cords 13 - 16, 17 - 20,  21 - 24.

RIGHT SK:  Cords 25 - 28, 29 - 32.



Step 19:  Tie the 15th row of ASK:

LEFT SK:  15 - 18, 19 - 22.

RIGHT SK:  Cords 23 - 26, 27 - 30.



Step 20:  Rows 16 and 17 are tied with the body cords only, so mentally number them 1 - 16.  Make sure you don't include any wing cords, which are shorter.

Row 16: LEFT SK with cords 3 - 6, and 7 - 10.   RIGHT SK with cords 11 - 14.



Fold

Step 21: Fold the wings inward and down, so the back of them is face up.  They should be triangular. 

Bring them to the center of the body, where they will be attached.



Cord 7

Slide the holding cord from the left wing under cord 8, then attach it with a clockwise Double Half Hitch

A single Half Hitch is shown in this image, and the one below.



Cord 8

Slide the holding cord for the right wing under cord 9, then attach it with a counter-clockwise DHH.



Step 22:  Tie row 17, which completes the body of the Owl Holder.

LEFT SK with cords 1 - 4 and 5 - 8. 

RIGHT SK with cords 9 - 12 and 13 - 16.





The Tail and Feathers



Ring

Step 23: Place filler cords 4 and 5 over the large ring.  Working cords 3 and 6 should be under it.

Use the 4 cords to tie a LEFT SK, below the ring.



Step 24:  Repeat step 23 with the other cords for a new row of ASK:

LEFT SK with cords 7 - 10 (8 and 9 over ring, 7 and 10 under ring).

RIGHT SK with cords 11 - 14 (12 and 13 over ring, 11 and 14 under ring).



Step 25:  Tie another row of ASK to make the tail of the Owl Holder:

LEFT SK with cords 5 - 8.   RIGHT SK with cords 9 - 12.



Step 26:  The final row is tied using cords 7 - 10 (LEFT SK)



Cord 1

Step 27:  Move cord 1 along the left diagonal edge of the ASK.  Secure it with tension.

Attach cords 2 - 8 to it with counter-clockwise DHH.



Cord 16

Step 28:  Move cord 16 down the right edge of the ASK.

Attach cords 15 - 9 to it with clockwise DHH, in that order.



Holding Cords

Step 29:  Attach the holding cord on the left to the one on the right with a clockwise DHH.



Feathers

Step 30:  Trim the cords so they are 6 - 12 inches long.  Unravel and brush if you want fluffy tail feathers for your Owl Holder.

You also have the option of adding beads and/or other knots.




Eyes and Beak



Step 31:  Cut 10 pieces of material, each 5 inches long (or use scrap cord).


Eye Feathers

Mount each to a 1.5-inch ring with a Reverse Larks Head knot.  Unravel and brush the fibers.  Trim the feathers to around 1 inch long.

Place 2 pieces of scrap cord around the ring between the other cords.  These are used to attach the ring to the face of the Owl Holder.



Step 31, continued:  Attach the eyes close to the right and left edges of the head, through spaces in row 3.  (See image below)

Apply glue or secure in the most appropriate manner (such as washers).



Attach

Step 32: Place the eye feathers over the left eye. Secure them by passing one end of a scrap cord through an opening in the face, front to back. 

The best place is above the eye near the mounting knots.  


Place the other end of the same cord through a different opening nearby.



Step 32, continued:  In the back of the Owl Holder, tie the two ends together with an Overhand knot.  Apply glue while tightening, and cut off the excess material when it's dry. 

When using Bonnie Braid, you can heat the tips to melt the material. 



Step 33: Repeat step 32 with the second scrap cord (same ring), placing it through two spaces lower down on the left side of the face.



Step 34:  Repeat steps 31 - 33 to make and attach the second ring of eye feathers on the right side of the face.



Half Hitch

Step 35:  Unless you can find a bead shaped like a beak, you will need to make one for your Owl Holder.

Cut two pieces of dark material, each 25 inches long.

Move down 8 inches and secure the cords.  Use the right cord to tie a clockwise Half Hitch onto the left.



Next Half Hitch

Tie a counter-clockwise Half Hitch with the left cord, onto the right.

Alternate between the right and left cords, tying a total of 8 - 10 knots.



Attach

Step 36:  Place 2 ends of the beak through a space just below Row 4 (in the center).  Place the other two through a different space.

Tie two ends together with an Overhand knot.  Apply glue.  Do the same with the other two ends.  Cut off the excess material when the glue is dry.



Step 37:  Unravel and brush the wing cords, and trim them to 1.5 - 2 inches in length.  


There's an opening at the top of the head in the center of the Owl Holder.  Place a piece of scrap cord through it, then tie the ends together to form a hanger.





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