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 Tumbling Hearts Bar


Tumbling Hearts Bar

 
Description:  The Tumbling Hearts Bar is a unique variation of Square Knots.

When placed on it's side as shown above, heart shaped designs are seen, with two loops at the top and one below.  

This decorative knot looks great when vertical, too.  It makes a very nice Macrame bracelet or belt.

The use of two colors is optional.
 

This interesting knot is listed on the Fusion Knots website, so click on the image or link to visit. 

The video gallery is a great way to learn unique combination knots and techniques.



Fusion Knots



Cut two cords at least 60 inches long to practice the Tumbling Hearts Bar. 

Mentally label them color A and color B.

To use this technique in a Macrame project, the cords should be at least 12 times the finished length you want to make. 

Color B should be longer if you plan to make a button knot for the clasp.



Loop

Step 1:  Fold color A in half and cross the ends right over left to form a loop.  Secure it at the center.

Slide color B through the loop under - over as shown.
Secure it at the center after balancing it.


 
Fold

Step 2:  Fold color B so the right half passes in front of the cross.  The left half goes behind.

Move the end of color A that's now resting on the right towards the left, passing over color B.



Complete

Step 3: Move the left end of color A over the right end.

Bring it under both halves of color B and over the right half of color A as you pull it out on the right.

Adjust the size of the loop and tighten the knot firmly.



Design Option:  The loop at the top of the Tumbling Hearts Bar can be used as part of a clasp. 

At the opposite end, you can add a button, bead, or a button knot.



Cord 4

Step 4:  Mentally label the cords 1 - 4 where they are now, from left to right. 

The 1st Square knot for the Tumbling Hearts Bar is tied with cords 2 - 4.  Do not use cord 1.

Move cord 4 to the left, passing it over cord 3 and under cord 2



First Half

Step 5: Move cord 2 under cord 3.  As you pull it out on the right, it should pass over cord 4.

When you tighten the knot, pull the curved part of cord 4 (right) to form a picot loop. 



Cord 4

Step 6:  Move cord 4 to the right, over cord 3 and under cord 2.



Complete

Step 7:  Move cord 2 to the left, under cord 3

As you pull it out on the right it passes over cord 4.

Tighten the knot firmly, while holding the picot steady so it remains loose.



Cord 4

Step 8:  The 2nd Square knot for the Tumbling Hearts Bar is tied with cords 1 and 4, and the fillers are cords 2 and 3.

Move cord 4 to the left, over cords 2 - 3 and under cord 1. 

Make sure it's diagonal, with the narrow angle on the left.
 


First Half

Step 9:  Move cord 1 under cords 2 and 3. As you pull it out on the right, move it over cord 4.

Tighten the knot slightly, forming a picot on the right, the same size as the one made in step 5

On the left, some space should be left, to form a narrow picot.



Angle

Step 10:  Move cord 4 (left) over cords 2 and 3 and under cord 1 (right).

Keep the same diagonal slant as in steps 8 and 9.



Complete

Step 11:  Move cord 1 (right) to the left, under cords 2 and 3.  As you pull it out on the left, it should pass over cord 4.

Keep the same diagonal slant and tighten the knot. Make sure the area on the left is narrow compared to the right.



Angles

Important: The angles for the Square knots determine the shape of the Tumbling Hearts Bar. 

In steps 4 - 7, the SK tied with 3 cords should be horizontal.

In steps 8 - 11, the SK tied with 4 cords should be diagonal.



Opposite Direction

Step 12:  The next heart is made like the steps above, but in the opposite direction:

Start the 3-cord SK by moving cord 1 to the right, over cord 2 and under cord 3.

Do not use cord 4.




Cord 3

Step 13:  Move cord 3 under cord 2

When you pull it out on the left, it should pass over cord 1.


Pull the curved part of cord 1 to the left as you tighten, to form the picot loop. (see images below)




Cord 1

Step 14:   Move cord 1 to the left, over cord 2 and under cord 3.




Complete

Step 15:  Move cord 3 under cord 2.  As you pull it out on the right, it should pass over cord 1.

Tighten the SK firmly while holding the picot loop, so it remains loose. 

You may need to pull the picot to the left, so it's the same size as those on the right (see step 6).



Diagonal

Step 16:  The next SK for the Tumbling Hearts Bar is diagonal, and is made with 4 cords.

Move cord 1 to the right, over cords 2 and 3, and under cord 4.



Cord 4

Step 17:  Move cord 4 under cords 2 and 3

As you pull it out on the left, move it over cord 1.




Cord 1

Step 18:  Tighten the knot slightly, forming a narrow picot on the right. 

The one on the left should be the same size as the picot made in step 13.

Move cord 1 to the left diagonally, over cords 2 - 3 and under cord 4.



Cord 1

Step 19:  Complete the SK by moving cord 4 under cords 2 - 3 and over cord 1 as you pull it out on the right.



Repeat

Step 20:  Repeat steps 4 - 11 to make Heart 3.

Repeat steps 12 - 19 to make Heart 4. 




To make a Button Knot clasp for the Tumbling Hearts Bar, you would do so with the color B cords.  Finish off color A

The best technique is the Knife Knot, also called the Diamond Knot.





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