• D + D DIY: Wall Hanging with Rachel Miller

    Dreamers + Doers highlights emerging artists, entrepreneurs, and up-and-coming ones to watch. Whether it’s starting a new business, creating something beautiful, or just daring to do things differently, we stand behind those taking steps toward something new. Our D + D DIY series brings us a unique craft from one of these talented individuals.

    Rachel Miller, a Baltimore-based textile artist, creates beautiful macrame wall hangings and planters for her business Slow Down Productions. We asked Rachel to share a tutorial with us for a slightly simpler version of her more intricate wall hangings so we could start being crafty ourselves without having to learn a thousand new knotting techniques. Here's what she came up with that's doable for even the novice crafter!

    Supplies needed:

    -cotton yarn
    -cotton cord
    -fabric dye (optional)
    -plastic container for dye (optional)

    To begin, grab your cotton yarn and cotton cord. The cotton cord will be the "base" for your wall hanging that you'll be knotting the cotton yarn around. You can make it as big or as small as you'd like, but for this wall hanging, I'm cutting a length of 45" from the cotton cord to create the width of the wall hanging and then varying the lengths of the cotton yarn.

    To start, we first need to learn how to tie a LARK’S HEAD KNOT:

    1. Fold yarn in half, place behind tying string.

    2. Pull yarn up to create a loop at the top. Pull ends of yarn through loop.

    3. Pull ends snug. Continue until you have 60 total string approx. 45’’long. This is what creates the bulk of your wall hanging.

    Next, it’s time to learn how to make the SQUARE KNOT. These we will be adding to the lengths of cotton yarn to create "stars":

    1. Start with 4 strings. Take the left string & cross it over the 2 center strings.
    2. Take the right string over the left & under the center strings. Now...bring it up through the left loop.
    3. Hold the center strings & pull tight on the R & L strings.
    4. Repeat all steps to create a 2nd stitch and ta da! You have your very first square knot.

    Now, create stars, or square knots, all over your wall hanging. Use six stings instead of four to create a larger knot.

    Once that's completed, it's on to dyeing! Follow all fabric dyeing instructions. I dyed mine dark blue, yellow, and peach. It reminds me of the sunset. I dyed mine in various sections to give it an ombré effect, but dye it any way that appeals to you.

    Finally, hang your wall hanging up to dry. Let dry overnight before making any big moves with it. And then make sure you take a little time to slow down and stargaze!

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