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Stone Cradle


Stone Cradle

 
Description:  This Stone Cradle is a simple way to hold polished stones that do not have even surfaces.

There is a knotted loop at the top, so you can use this decoration in the front of your favorite necklace design. 

Alternating Half Hitches work best for this pendant design, but you can use other knots.

The best material for this Micro-Macrame pendant is cotton or hemp, less than 1mm thick. Nylon will slip off the stone. 

In the image above, 0.75mm cotton Embroidery cord was used. 

In the example below, 1mm waxed cotton was used to help you see the details better.  Try to use material with no wax, if possible.
 

 
Supplies Needed:
  • 0.5 to 1mm cord material
  • One polished stone
  • Charm (optional)
  • Tape Measure
  • Project board and Pins
 
 
Knots Used:
 



Step 1:  Cut 2 cords, 36 inches long.  Prepare the ends by applying glue to the tips.   


The charm for your Stone Cradle is optional.   You can tie an Overhand knot in the center of both cords, to link them together, rather than adding the charm shown below.
 

 
Attach cords to Charm

Slide the two cords through the ring on the charm, matching the ends so they fold in half. Organize the four cords vertically in front of you and mentally number them 1 - 4.

Tie a Half Hitch with cord 4, onto the two in the middle (2 and 3).   Tighten the knot firmly.



Half Hitch Instructions:

Bring the working cord over - under the cords holding the knot. 

Pass it over the working cord as you pull it to the side.


 
Second knot

Tie a second Half Hitch with cord 1, around the cords in the middle (2 and 3).

Tighten the knot firmly.



Measure Stone

Place the stone so the bottom is next to the charm.  Arrange cords 2 and 3 under the stone. Cords 1 and 4 should be on top.   

Measure the distance between the charm and the spot just above the curve at the bottom of the stone (shown by the X).  That's where the next knots will rest.  



Design Tip:  The stone used in the example was 1 inch tall, and the distance from the charm to the first knot was 1/8 inch.   

You can just divide the stone height by 4 to get the correct distance, but it's a good idea to double check by placing the stone as described.



Half Hitch

Step 2:  Tie a Half Hitch with cord 3 (right) onto cord 2 (left), rotating clockwise.

Tighten it at the distance you determined in the last step.

Remember that the cords will stretch somewhat, so it needs to come up just past the bottom curve of the stone.
 



Second knot

Step 3:  Tie the next Half Hitch with cord 2 (left), onto cord 3 (right), rotating counter-clockwise.

Tighten both knots as much as you possibly can.



Step 4:  Repeat steps 2 and 3, using cords 1 and 4. 

Make sure the distance between the knots and the charm is the same.



Alternate

Step 5:  Alternate the cords so the next set of knots will be tied with cords 1 and 2, as well as 3 and 4.



Measure Distance

Measure the distance between the first set of knots (steps 2 - 4), and the middle of the stone.

Tie 2 Half Hitches using the alternated cords, placing them at the point measured.  The distance will be almost the same as the first set of knots.



Place Stone in Cradle

Step 6:  Place the stone in the cradle, stretching the material to fit.   Organize the four cord in front of you, at the top of the stone.

Use 1 cord to tie a Half Hitch around the other three.  Tighten the knot so it rests against the top of the stone.



Important: This knot should be as tight as possible, so the Stone Cradle won't slip off the stone.



Second Knot

Step 7:  Select a different cord and tie another Half Hitch around the other three.   It helps if you hold the Stone Cradle and let it dangle while you tie this knot. 

Before
you tighten it, make sure the first knot is still tight and firmly against the top of the stone.



Sennit

Step 8:  Organize the cords 2 right and 2 left.  Tie the first knot with the left cords onto the right.  The second knot is tied with the right cords onto the left.

Alternate back and forth to make a 1-inch loop at the top of the Stone Cradle.  This will make a loop that's 1/2 inch in sizeTie more knots if you want it larger.



Make a Loop

Step 9:  Fold the sennit, moving the ends to the back of the loop.   

Tie the ends together to secure the loop. Apply glue.

When the glue is dry, cut off the excess material.





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