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Unique Mounting Designs

 
Unique Mounts

 
Description: These Unique Mounting Designs can be used during the mounting process, at the beginning of a Macrame project.

They are created by making the primary knot at the center of a working cord. The knot is then attached to a holding cord, ring, or dowel. 

The three designs listed below show what you can do with the Slipknot, the Figure Eight knot, and Celtic Square Knot. 

Other types of knots can be used in this manner, so try experimenting after you have practiced these designs.

Be sure to practice the Double Half Hitch before you get started.



 
Picot Mounts

2017 Update:  Only the mounts that feature KNOTS remain on this page.

The designs featuring simple loops are now on the page called Picot Mounts.

Click on the image or link to visit that page.




 
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Slipknot Mount


Slipknot Mount


Unique mounting designs are often selected because they have loops.  In this design, the Slipknot is attached to a holding cord. 

You will need one working cord for each Slipknot you plan to make.  You also need one holding cord.  When practicing, you only need 12 - 15 inches of material.

 
 
 
Loop
 

Step 1: Fold the working cord in half. Make a loop, crossing right over left.

The working end is the segment on the left.

 

 
Bight
 

Step 2: Fold the working end to form a bight, then push it through the loop from below (under - over).

Tighten the loop by pulling on the ends and the bight.

 

 
Adjust Loop
  Step 3: Arrange the holding cord horizontally.  Make sure it is stretched so it has tension.

Place the Slipknot next to it, and adjust the size of the loop.  It should be 1/4 to 1/2-inch tall, depending on the size material you are working with. Secure the loop.
 
 

Attach

Step 4:  Attach both halves of the working cord to the holding cord with a Double Half Hitch (DHH).

Tighten the knots firmly, so there are no gaps between the Slipknot and the holding cord.



Repeat

Step 5:  Repeat steps 1 - 4 with additional cords.

When using any of these unique Mounting Designs in a Macrame project, you will probably be mounting more than one cord.  When you are just practicing, this step is optional.




 
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 Figure Eight Mount


Figure 8 Mount


Many unique mounting designs can be made with loose knots rather than ones that are firmly tightened, like the Slipknot you just practiced 

This design is based on the Figure 8 knot.  Because it's wide rather than tall, the knots will overlap slightly if you mount more than one cord.

You need one holding cord and one or more working cords.  They should be at least 15 - 18 inches long if you are practicing.
 
 
Loop
  Step 1: Make a loop in the center of the working cord, crossing left over right.

The right half is the working end for the next step.
 

 
Figure 8
 

Step 2: Move the working end (right half) to the right, passing over the left half of the cord.

Bring it to the first loop, and pass it through from below (under - over).

Tighten the knot until it's the size you want. 
 

 
Sideways
 

Step 3: Arrange a holding cord on your work surface horizontally. Make sure it has tension.

Place the Figure Eight knot close to it, arranged sideways.

Attach both ends to the holding cord with Double Half Hitches.  Continued Below

 
 

Repeat

Balance and adjust the two loops of the Figure 8 knot, leaving a little space between it and the holding cord.

Repeat steps 1 - 3 if you wish to mount more cords.  They will partially overlap each other due to the width of the knot.




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Celtic Square Mount


Celtic Square


Description:  Unique mounting designs can be made with Celtic or Chinese knots.  This one features the Celtic Square knot, which can be made small, or larger with more open spaces (shown above).


You will need one working cord, at least 18 inches long, and one holding cord.



Loop 1

Step 1:  Make a loop in the center of the working cord, crossing left over right.



Loop 2
Step 2: Move the left half of the cord around in a counter-clockwise direction, making loop 2. 

Pass it under both sides of loop 1 as you bring it to the left.



Loop 3

Step 3:  Move the right half of the cord around in a clockwise direction, making loop 3.

Pass it over - under - over loop 1 as you bring it to the right diagonally.



Right Half

Step 4:  Make sure you can clearly identify the two lower loops (2 and 3). 

Bring the right half of the cord down to loop 2, and pass it through from the top (over - under).



Left Half
Step 5:  Bring the left half of the cord down to loop 3, and pass it through from below (under - over).

Tighten and balance the knot until it's the size most appropriate for what you are making.  When practicing, it can be any size.



Attach

Step 6:  Attach the Celtic Square Knot to the holding cord with DHH.




Repeat

Step 7:  Repeat steps 1 - 6 with additional cords (optional). 

These are different sizes so you can see a loose knot versus a tight one. 






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