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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tutorial 6--Macrame Dragonfly

This is an easy-to-make macrame Dragonfly.  It only uses one type of knot, the Square Knot, which I demonstrated in Tutorial 4.  I found a tutorial called Dragonfly Knot which shows how to make the dragonfly without the beads.  I decided to write my own tutorial, showing how to incorporate the beads into the dragonfly's eyes.

Making a macrame dragonfly, with beads

Difficulty Level
Very easy

Yarn, string or hemp, 28 inches (70 cm) long
2 beads with holes large enough for the cords to pass through
Optional--crochet hook for getting the yarn through the beads

1)  String the yarn through both beads; I used the crochet hook to help with that.  Make an M-shape with the yarn, where the valley of the M-shape is 3 inches from the top of the M-shape.  Adjust the beads so they are on the top of the M-shape.  Adjust the yarn so the ends on the left and right are of approximately the same length.

3)  Tie 2 square knots tightly, using the 2 center cords as holding cords and the 2 ends as working cords.  

4)  Tie a 3rd square knot, leaving the top loops on both the left and right sides loose.  These will form the first pair of wings.  Adjust the top loops so they are of about the same size.
5)  Tighten the square knot without tightening the top loops.  Push the square knot so it is next to the previous square knot.

6)  Make a 4th square knot by repeating Steps 4 and 5, this time making the top loops smaller.  These top loops will form the second pair of wings.

7)  Make 2 more square knots.

8)  Trim the ends.   

9)  If necessary, apply glue to the last knot to prevent it from unraveling. 


Here's a macrame dragonfly I made.

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