Macramé feather

Create beautiful macramé feathers for gifts or to decorate your home this Christmas with our easy step by step guide.

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You’ll be amazed how simple these are to make, even if you’ve never made anything with macramé before. They look great as tree decorations and make lovely gifts, too; perfect as a keyring or a fun home decoration, whatever the season. 

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You Will Need

  • 5mm macramé cord (3m will make one 15cm-long feather)
  • scissors
  • Pet-grooming brush or comb

Step 1

Decide the size you want to make your feather – a large wall hanging, mini keyring or a festive decoration. Work out your cord length; the feathers in the image to the right are around 15cm long, which require 3m of cord each. Once you’ve chosen the size, cut the cord to double that length – 30cm if your feather will be 15cm long – then fold it in half and tie a loop knot at one end.

Step 2

Cut 18 more lengths of cord at your desired length, in this case 15cm long. You can now begin to secure each length down the main piece of cord using a lark’s head knot (above and below); this is one of the simplest macramé knots and is a great
way to get started.

Step 3

To make the lark’s head knot, fold each 15cm cord in half and place it under your main length at a right angle, then pull both ends back through the loop at the top to create your knot; pull tightly. Repeat this process, alternating sides, so you’re working towards the bottom of the length.

Step 4

Once you’ve knotted all the lengths of cord and created your shape, check all your knots face the same way up and look nice and tight.

 

Step 5

Use a pet brush or comb to brush through your feather, separating the macrame cord into smaller strands. A pet grooming brush works brilliantly for this.

Step 6

Once the strands are separated, brush the cord to create the feather effect.  You can then cut the edges of the cord to smooth and shape them.

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