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Satin Dragonfly

Satin Dragonfly

Description:  The Satin Dragonfly is a great Macrame project for beginners and older children, since only 2 decorative knots are used to make the entire insect.

The most challenging part are the wings, but with a little time and effort anyone can make this appealing decoration.

Satin cord was used in the example shown, but you can use other materials.  The beads shown are glass crow rollers, but you can use plastic pony beads.

The size of the dragonfly is approximately 4 inches (head to tail) using 2 mm size material. To make the design larger, use 3 mm - 4 mm size material.

Supplies Needed:
  • 2 mm cord material
  • Crow roller beads x 6 (or more)
  • Project board and pins
  • Fabric glue that dries clear (test it on the material before use)
Knots in Pattern: 

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Step 1:  Cut one cord, at least 2 yards long (72 inches).  Prepare the tips with glue and allow it to dry completely.

The head of the dragonfly is made with one bead, as follows:

Overhand Knot and Bead

Overhand Knot:
  Hold the cord in both hands. Make a loop, crossing the left half over the right.  Bring the left half through the loop from below.

Tighten the knot firmly. Pass both halves through the bead one at a time

Important:  Satin material is easily damaged by pins, which is why you should never push them through the cord. 

You can lean the pins over the cord, or use the Cross-Pin Technique.

Left Half

Step 2:  Secure the head of the Satin Dragonfly by passing the pin through the space in the Overhand knot you just tied. 

Use the left half of the cord to make a loop, rotating in a counter-clockwise direction.

Left Overhand Knot

Step 3:  Complete the Overhand knot by moving the left half through the loop under - over (from below).

Do not tighten the knot.

Right Loop

Step 4:  Pass the right half of the cord through the  knot you just tied, rotating it clockwise. 

Pass it through the loop over - under (from the top).  Pass over the right half as you pull it right.

Complete Right Knot

Step 5:  Complete the right Overhand knot by passing the right half through the loop under - over (from below).

Arrange the knots so you can clearly see the inner and outer portions. Adjust the knots so they are close to the bead.

Important:  The inner portion of the two knots is the rounded area, also called the crook.  The outer portion is the crossed area.

The arrows show the movement you will make in the next step.

Detail of Hanger Knot

Step 6:  Hold the inner portion of the left knot and move it to the right.  Pass it through the outer crossed portion of the right knot. 

It needs to pass under the segment that leads to the top of the Satin Dragonfly, and over the segment leading to the end. (See next image)


This is a closer view of step 6.

Click on the image and a larger one will come up so you can see the details.

Step 6, continued:  Move the inner portion of the right knot to the crossed area of the left knot.

Bring it through the same way: Under the top segment and over the portion that leads to the end.


Step 7:  Before you tighten the wings for the Satin Dragonfly, shorten the segment leading to the bead so the knot is close to it.

Pull on the loops while holding both halves steady. 

Once the center is tight, pull on both halves to shorten the loops.  They should be about 1 inch long.

Step 8:  Repeat steps 2 - 7  at least 2 more times.    When you tighten each knot, try to place them close together. 

Apply glue to the back of the Hanger Knots and allow it to dry. 


Step 9:  Slide a bead onto both halves, as you did the first one at the top of the Satin Dragonfly. 

Tie an Overhand knot using both halves working together as shown. Apply glue inside the knot before tightening it.

Step 10:  Repeat step 9 several times, until the tail is the size you want. 

The last knot you tie needs to be glued inside as well as outside.  Let it dry and cut off the extra material.  

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