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How to Macrame Bottles - Reply to Karen from Sue

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Thank you for the nice compliment and for your interest in my macramé bottles. I guess the first place to start learning how to macramé bottles is to learn how to macramé. Find a good basic "how to" macramé book and familiarize yourself with a few basic macramé knots. Start with learning how to tie a Lark's Head Knot onto a holding cord followed by the Square Knot, the Half Knot Twist and the Clove Hitch. With a few simple variations of the Square Knot, Half Knot and Clove Hitch you can create a beautiful design on your project. Next, decide on the bottle and choose the thickness of the cord accordingly. The bigger the bottle the thicker the cording can be. Cording can be any pliable material. Natural fibers such as cotton, wool and jute are nice. Synthetic fibers such as rayon, nylon and polypropylene are also great and are more durable than the natural fibers. When choosing the cording material look for materials with the least elasticity. Once you have chosen the bottle and decorative cording begin by cutting a holding cord. The holding cord, which will eventually be tied to the top rim of the bottle, will hold all the working cords. These working cords will be mounted to it using the Lark's Head Knot. The size of the bottle rim and thickness of the working cords will decide how many working cords will fit around the top rim and how long the holding cord needs to be. Remember to leave some extra length in the holding cord so that when you tie it onto the bottle rim your fingers you will be able to manipulate the cord to make a good tight overhand knot. The length of the working cords should be at least 4X the length of the bottle and multiplied by 2, because each working cord will be folded in half. This sometimes makes for some very long working cords. In order to keep these cords from tangling together while you knot, wrap the ends in loops using your thumb and index finger to create a small bundle and tie with rubber bands. Once you have all the working cords attached and evenly spaced onto the holding cord, use an overhand knot to tie and knot the holding cord to the top rim of the bottle. Cut the ends of the holding cord off close to the knot you have just made and dab a little white glue to the knot so that it will not unravel. Now you can begin your project. The combinations of knots you use are all up to you. The design you choose is limited only by your imagination. Well, I hope this helps. Good luck and happy knotting!

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