PUMPKINS + PLANTS

TIERED
VERSATILE
WOVEN HANGERS
By The Aquariust

TRIPLE TIER PUMPKIN + PLANT HANGER

 

- LET'S BEGIN! -

  • Remove your Triple Tier Project S-Hook w/ Project Cord Attached (do not untie the attached alternate colored cord at the top yet) + hang this S-Hook onto your work station

    • DO NOT UN-TIE THE ALTERNATE COLORED TIE THAT HOLDS THE PROJECTS CORD TO YOUR S-HOOK - you will be informed when this tie should be removed later on in the project!

      • The tie at the top is designed to assist you while weaving your Hanging Arch + to ensure that the lengths of the cords are correct!

      • If for some reason the tie becomes untied at this time, match the colored tape lengths to each other, + match the remaining 8 shorter cord lengths to each other

  • Suggested Work Stations: Ceiling Hook, Curtain Rod, Shower Rod, Over-a-Door, Clothing Rack - anything you can hang an S-hook on!

#1

MAKING A HANGING ARCH USING

THE MULTI-FILLER SQUARE KNOT VARIATION

 

OVERVIEW

  • A Hanging Arch is the top of a plant hanger that you weave yourself, rather than using hoops, hardware, rings, etc. - you create the hanging arch top yourself!

    • This is a great skill to have because it can withstand a lot of weight hanging from it! ​

  • A Multi-Filler Square Knot Variation is a variation of the classic Square Knot - the difference being that you use multiple cords as the Filler Cords, while still only utilizing 2 cords as the Working Cords

    • This Multi-Filler Square Knot Variation is the knot that you will use to create your Hanging Arch - don't worry, I'll show you how!

KNOT INSTRUCTION

MULTI-FILLER SQUARE KNOT VARIATION

Watch the video, then follow up with the step-by-step written + photo instruction as needed!

Don't worry about applying this knot until you get to the "Application" Section!  

WRITTEN+ PHOTO GUIDANCE:

  • Always start with your Left Working Cord

  • With the Left Working Cord, make an "L" shape - ensuring that the "L" is in front of the multiple filler cords but behind the working cord on the Right

  • Take the Right working cord (the one you did NOT make the "L" with), + bring that cord behind the multiple filler cords - pinch all center cords with your thumb (the multiple filler cords + the Right working cord that you are currently moving)

  • Bring that Right working cord through the back of the loop on the left, pulling it over towards the left while keeping your thumb on the center cords to keep the knot steady as you tie

  • Tighten this tie by pulling down on the multiple filler cords while simultaneously pushing the 2 working cords up + out, thus completing 1/2 of the Multi-Filler Square Knot!

  • To complete your Square Knot, you will repeat the same steps but this time starting on the RIGHT side - with the Right working cord, make a backwards "L" - ensuring that this backwards "L" is in front of the multiple filler cords but behind the Left working cord

  • Take the Left working cord (the one you did NOT make the "L" with), + bring that cord behind the multiple filler cords working cords, pinch those cords with your thumb (the multiple filler cords+ the Left working cord that you are currently moving)

  • Bring that Left working cord through the back of the loop on the Right, pulling it over towards the Right while keeping your thumb on the center cords to keep the knot steady as you tie

  • Tighten this 1/2 of the Square Knot by pulling down on the multiple filler cords while simultaneously pushing the 2 working cords up + out, thus completing one entire Square Knot!

    • Important Tip: Remember to tie out + up rather than towards your self - this will prevent the knot from folding into itself

APPLICATION:

MAKE A HANGING ARCH!

  • Let's utilize that knot that we just learned to create the Hanging Arch on your Project!

  • Review these written + photo instructions, then follow up w/ the video to give you a visual before applying to your project!

WRITTEN+ PHOTO GUIDANCE:

- FIRST -​

  • Identify the two halves of your project cords that hang on each side side of the S-Hook​​

  • Ensure that the two halves have not crossed underneath the S-Hook - there will be 10 hanging cords for each half of the S-Hook

  • You will only be weaving the half-set of cords that are closest to you

  • If it feels helpful, you can hang the other cords that you are not working with to the side so that you can focus on just the cords that you are weaving

    • This isn't a necessary step, but it can be helpful when you're just starting out!

  • Now, locate the two cords in those 10 cords that you are utilizing that have matching colored tape on them

  • These pieces of cord have matching colored tape because they are the longest pieces of project cord!

    • BONUS:

      • The reason that 2 cords need to be longer is to account for the shrinking that occurs while weaving multi-filler cord knots - this shrinking of the cord is substantial because the knot is quite thicker than a standard knot!

      • The thickness of this knot is great for the durability of a Hanging Arch but you want to make sure to account for this substantial shrinking of cord when planning these types of projects!

      • I added 4' to (2) pieces of cord for this project to account for this

  • Now, ensure that these two longest pieces of cord are situated on the leftmost + rightmost position of your active cords - these will be your WORKING CORDS

    • If these cords need to be adjusted at all to ensure that they are on the leftmost + rightmost positions, do so by delicately moving them left or right - do not untie the knot at the top or pull on them

  • Now, weave a (8) Multi Filler Cord (MFC) Square Knot Sinnet - aka - (8) MFC Square Knots Stacked right on top of each other - REMEMBER - you are only weaving 1/2 of the cords for this knot - go back + check out the photos describing this + see this in the video as well - very important:)

  • Begin this weave right up to the S-Hook - here's a video to guide you!

  • Now, untie the colored string that is connecting all of your project cord to your S-Hook (it's time!!)

  • Fold your (8) Knot Sinnet in half like a Horseshoe, + settle the middle point of this onto your S-Hook - here is a video to help you visualize!

  • What you'll do now is you'll apply this technique of the Multi-Filler Square Knot you've learned to finish off your Hanging Arch

  • To do this, locate the left front-most + right front-most cords of one side of your Horseshoe - one will have a Pink Tape on the end + one will have a Yellow Tape on the end

  • These two pieces will become the Working Cords for your final (3) Knots to finish off your Hanging Arch - here's a video + photos to help you visualize!

  • HERE IS FOLLOW-UP PHOTO + WRITTEN GUIDANCE TO REITERATE WHAT YOU HAVE JUST VI​EWED IN THE VIDEO FOR YOU IF YOU NEED IT!

  • Utilizing these (2) cords as your working cords, weave (3) Multi-Filler Square Knots right underneath your Horseshoe - incorporating all other project cord as your filler cords

CONGRATS, YOU'VE MADE YOUR HANGING ARCH!

#2

CREATING 5 SECTIONS FOR PUMPKIN + PLANT HOLDER

OVERVIEW

MAKING A 5 SECTION BASKET THAT WILL HOLD A PUMPKIN OR A PLANT

  • You will learn the Square Knot (the classic kind!)

  • You will weave (5) Sections, each consisting of (9) stacked Square Knots

  • You will utilize your skills of the Multi-Filler Cord SK Variation to cap off your basket

  • You will learn the Sustainability Practice of maximizing cord length + why this is both a valuable tool + an important part of this pattern

KNOT INSTRUCTION

LEARNING THE CLASSIC SQUARE KNOT

Please watch the video, review these written instructions, then follow the instructions in the "Application" Section to apply this skill to your project

  • HERE IS FOLLOW-UP PHOTO + WRITTEN GUIDANCE TO REITERATE WHAT YOU HAVE JUST VI​EWED IN THE VIDEO FOR YOU IF YOU NEED IT!

TO MAKE A SQUARE KNOT

  • Always start with your left working cord

  • With the left working cord, make an "L" shape - ensuring that the "L" is in front of the two filler cords but behind the working cord on the Right

  • Take the Right working cord (the one you did NOT make the "L" with), + bring that cord behind the middle two filler cords, pinch those 3 cords with your thumb (the 2 filler cords + the Right working cord that you are currently moving)

  • Bring that Right working cord through the back of the loop on the left, pulling it over towards the left while keeping your thumb on the center cords to keep the knot steady as you tie

  • Tighten this 1/2 of the Square Knot by pulling down on the 2 filler cords while simultaneously pushing the 2 working cords up + out, thus completing 1/2 of the Square Knot!

  • To complete your Square Knot, you will repeat the same steps but this time starting on the RIGHT side - with the Right working cord, make a backwards "L" - ensuring that this backwards "L" is in front of the two filler cords but behind the Left working cord

  • Take the Left working cord (the one you did NOT make the "L" with), + bring that cord behind the middle two filler cords, pinch those 3 cords with your thumb (the 2 filler cords + the Left working cord that you are currently moving)

  • Bring that Left working cord through the back of the loop on the Right, pulling it over towards the Right while keeping your thumb on the center cords to keep the knot steady as you tie

  • Tighten this 1/2 of the Square Knot by pulling down on the 2 filler cords while simultaneously pushing the 2 working cords up + out, thus completing one entire Square Knot! Important Tip: Remember to tie out + up rather than towards your self - this will prevent the knot from folding into itself

APPLICATION:

WEAVE YOUR 5 SECTIONS + CAP OFF YOUR CUSTOMIZED BASKET!

Let's utilize that knot that we just learned to create the next section of your project!

- FIRST

  • Choose (4) Cords to work with for your 1st Section

  • Ensure that these cords are not twisted + are laying nicely next to each other, rather than any of them being behind or otherwise

  • If it feels helpful, set the cords that you are not working with aside

  • Drop down 7" from the bottom of your Hanging Arch - this is where you will begin to make your 1st of 5 Square Knot Sinnets! Here are some photos + a video to help you along your way!

  • Continue working your way around your piece, 4 cords at a time, making (5) total (9) Square Knot Sinnets - if you need help deciding which (4) cords to use next, check out this video to guide you! 

    • Ensure that each time you begin weaving a new (4) cord section that they are not twisted up top + that they are situated one-next-to-the-other (rather than behind/in front of each other)​ - watch the second video for some extra guidance regarding!

  • Helpful Hint: While you are working around your piece, don't be afraid to switch your S-Hook around so that your active cords are facing towards you - here's a video to demo what I mean:

  • Once you have completed all (5) of your Sections, you're ready to join them together at the bottom, woohoo! 

  • For this particular project, you will be dropping down 1.5" from the bottom of your Square Knot Sinnet to fit a mini pumpkin a/o a small potted plant - BUT FIRST - review this information:

    • You will be weaving the bottom of your basket by creating a Multi-Filler Square Knot

      • You will be choosing (2) working cords to weave with, the rest will become filler cords!

      • You will be weaving (3) Multi-Filler Square Knots!

      • The (2) working cords that you choose will need to be the longest cord from the front + the longest cord from the back, here is a video to help you visualize what this means! 

  • BONUS: Why is it important to maximize cord length?

    • ​This is a great sustainability practice!  Rather than cutting all cords to have extra length, you can take an extra bit of time to locate the longest pieces in your projects (these will be the cords that haven't been woven as much therefore they haven't shrunk in length!).

    • This saves you on cord by reducing waste, + can help develop your skills of working with the fiber to maximize its use rather than cutting too much "just in case" or running out of length mid-project!

    • This project has been designed to have some cords shrink less so that we can make these big thick beautiful knots without worrying about shrinking!

    • If you are working on macrame in the future + a piece has shrunk too much, see if you can find a piece that still has length + try to incorporate that in! 

  • NOW - Once you have identified the (2) longest pieces you will use for your Working Cords, drop down 1.5" from the BOTTOM of your (9) Square Knot Sinnets + weave (3) Multi-Filler Square Knots

    • Make sure that all of your filler cords are pulled down + taut before you weave!

    • Here is a video to guide you along this process! 

#3

CREATING YOUR SECOND TIER

OVERVIEW

  • You will be continuing on your project to create a second tier that you can adorn w/ a mini pumpkin or small potted plant!

  • You will utilize your skills that you have learned to create this second tier!

KNOT INSTRUCTION

  • You will put into practice Knots that you have already learned in the 1st tier: the Square Knot + the Multi-Filler Square Knot Variation to create your 2nd tier

  • If you need to refresh on the instructions for either of these knots, scroll up to review!

APPLICATION

1st - Create a 2nd Set of Woven (9) Square Knot Sinnets - 5 Total

  • Drop down 7" from the bottom of your 1st tier

  • Just as you did in your first tier, working with (4) cords at a time that are closest to each other + uncrossed/laying nicely, weave (5) more sections, each consisting of (9) Square Knots each - here is a video to assist you in creating your additional tier's 5 sections:

Next - Cap Off Your 2nd Tier Basket

  • Drop down 1.5" from the BOTTOM of your 5 sections - this is where you will weave your (3) Square Knot Sinnet of Multi-Filler Cord Square Knots, just like you did in Tier One

  • VERY IMPORTANT - utilize the pratice of choosing the longest two cords from opposing sides as your working cords!

    • This is an important practice to ensure that your cords will be long enough!

    • Here is a video to assist you with finishing off the basket for your 2nd Tier + choosing the correct working cords - it can get a bit more ambiguous as you keep adding tiers - here's a best practice technique:

Next - Repeat Tier Two Steps to Create Tier Three!

  • Drop down 1.5" from the BOTTOM of your 5 sections - this is where you will weave your (3) Square Knot Sinnet of Multi-Filler Cord Square Knots, just like you did in Tier 1 + 2

  • VERY IMPORTANT - utilize the practice of choosing the longest two cords from opposing sides as your working cords!

    • This is all the more important in Tier Three since the cords have shrunk the most!

    • Review the video above in Tier Two to assist you with finishing off the basket for your 3rd Tier + choosing the correct working cords - it can get a bit more ambiguous as you keep adding tiers but it is all the more important as you expand the length of your tiered piece!

CONGRATS, YOU HAVE WOVEN THREE TIERS!

NOW FOR THE FUN PART - FILLING YOUR PIECE!

Review the video below to assist in placement!

Then trim your project's fringe to the desired length!

WONDERFUL JOB!

YOU DID IT!

HOORAY!

PATTERN

TRIPLE TIER PUMPKIN + PLANT HANGER

 

MATERIALS:

  • (8) PCS. 13' CORD

  • (2) PCS. 17' CORD

  • S-Hook

1ST:

WEAVE A HANGING ARCH

  • Align all Cords at their center point onto your S-Hook

  • Weaving only 1/2 of the cords (10 PCS.) + using (2) 17' Pcs. as your Working Cords, Weave an (8) Multi-Filler Square Knot Sinnet

    • This knot will have 8 Filler Cords

  • Fold that Sinnet into a Horseshoe Shape + hang at the center point of your S-Hook

  • Using (2) longest pieces as your Working Cords, weave all project cords into a (3) Multi-Filler Square Knot Sinnet

    • This Knot will have 18 Filler Cords

2ND:

WEAVE (5) SECTION SINNETS

  • Dropping down 7"+ utilizing (4) cords at a time, weave (5) 9 Square Knot Sinnets

    • Ensure that these all begin + end at the same points

3RD:

FINISH YOUR TIER

  • Dropping down 1.5", weave a (3) Multi-Filler Square Knot Sinnet

    • Be sure to use the longest pieces of cord on opposing sides as your Working Cords

4TH:

MAKE YOUR 2ND TIER

  • Dropping down 7"+ utilizing (4) cords at a time, weave (5) 9 Square Knot Sinnets

    • Ensure that these all begin + end at the same points

5TH:

FINISH YOUR TIER

  • Dropping down 1.5", weave a (3) Multi-Filler Square Knot Sinnet

    • Be sure to use the longest pieces of cord on opposing sides as your Working Cords

6TH:

MAKE YOUR 3RD TIER

  • Dropping down 7"+ utilizing (4) cords at a time, weave (5) 9 Square Knot Sinnets

    • Ensure that these all begin + end at the same points

7TH:

FINISH YOUR TIER

  • Dropping down 1.5", weave a (3) Multi-Filler Square Knot Sinnet

    • Be sure to use the longest pieces of cord on opposing sides as your Working Cords

8TH:

ADORN YOUR HANGER

  • Place Mini Pumpkin or Small Potted Plant into your (5) Section Baskets

    • Untwist sections as needed

    • Situate each section evenly around object

    • Trim fringe to desired length

 

ENJOY YOUR WORK!

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