Homewares, Accessories and More - How to take your knotting to the next level
Want to take your knotting to the next level? This book will help you get there by introducing lots of new knots, techniques and intricate patterns that you can integrate in your works!
To date, 'Macramé 2' has been translated into 5 other languages and sold over 45.000 copies worldwide. Here you will find all there is to know about my second book and more!
About the book
Author & illustrator: Fanny Zedenius | Photographer: Kim Lightbody
Macramé 2 is mainly directed to knotters who would like to try new techniques and slightly more advanced projects. However, since it includes instructions to all the knots and techniques - basic and advanced - and has clear step-by-step instructions, beginners will also find it a great resource with plenty of projects to try out!
The book starts off with an extensive knot chapter with three subsections - essential macramé knots, extended knot vocabulary with more advanced knots, and ornamental knots. The next chapter, Taking your knotting to the next level, is packed with every tip and trick I could fit into the book. It goes through essential tools, yarns and materials, how to calculate lengths, troubleshooting, different knotting techniques and patterns, weaving techniques to introduce macraweaving and botanical dyeing.
Finally, I have included 20 of my original projects for you to make yourself varying in size and difficulty - everything from wall hangings and plant hangers to a curtain, a pouffe, a pillow cover and wearables such as a dress and a belt, and so much more!
I truly hope that you will love this book as much as I loved making it!
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Photography by Kim Lightbody. All rights reserved.
"Not only is it incredibly detailed and easy to follow, its also just freaking beautiful. Even if I wasn't planning to make things in the book, I feel like I could use as a coffee table book. The photos are gorgeous. I haven't started a project yet but it seems like it will be amazing. I'm excited!!!"
- Review on Amazon.com
´Macramé´ has been translated into the following languages
Macramé 2. Homewares, Accessories And More - How To Take Your Knotting to The Next Level (Quadrille Publishing)
Makrameen uusi maailma. Seinävaatteita, Asusteita ja paljon muuta - Näin viet solmeilun taitosi uudelle tasolle (Kustannus-Mäkelä)
Modern makramé. Inredningsdetaljer, accessoarer och andra inspirerande makraméprojekt (Tukan Förlag)
WONDERING WHAT MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THE PROJECTS IN THIS BOOK?
There are 20 unique projects in 'Macramé 2' and you are able to find all the materials that the projects call for in my shop!
If you want to source the materials elsewhere and struggle to find the exact same thickness and type, you can of course use other materials. Be aware though that a minor change in thickness/structure can change what dimensions you need. If you increase thickness you need to add length to the cords, for instance. I recommend cutting more than you think you will need.
There are three patterns for plant hangers. The first is made with 3-ply rope in four different colours, with 4 mm thickness. You need approximately 65 meters in total for this project. The second is made with 3 mm single twisted string, approximately 100 meters, plus a 12 cm metal ring. The third is made with approximately 120 meters of 5 mm thick single twisted string, plus some scrap cords of coloured 4 mm rope.
There are six different wall decor projects and they vary in size, difficulty and materials.
Ashley wall hanging - approx. 25 meters of 10mm 3-ply rope, 250 meters of 3mm single twisted string in different colours, and thin metal wire.
Monique wall hanging - approx. 160 meters of 2.5 mm 3-ply rope and 90 meters of 3mm single twisted string.
Fields of Gold wall hanging - approx. 200 meters of 8 mm single twisted string.
Lacey wall hanging - approx. 350 meters of 5 mm single twisted string plus 150 meters of 3 mm single twisted string.
Trifle wall hanging - this project is a macramé and weaving fusion ('macraweaving'). The main base is made with 5 mm braided rope (approx. 240 meters). The rest is a mix of different coloured single twisted string with different thicknesses, and merino wool top roving (approximately 500g).
Kaleidoscope wall hanging - this is a circular pattern. You need a wooden hoop (60 cm in diameter) and approx. 250 meters of 5 mm single twisted string.
There are four different projects in this category: a cushion cover, a floor pouffe, a curtain and a canopy.
Ivy cushion cover - approx. 180 meters of 5 mm single twisted string.
Nova floor pouffe - approx. 650 meters of 5 mm single twisted string.
Dawn curtain - approx. 900 meters of 3 mm single twisted string.
Dreamland canopy - a 70 cm wide wooden hoop and approx. 900 meters of 5 mm single twisted string.
There are five different projects in this category: a necklace, a belt, a shoulder bag, a dress and a jacket.
Funky Dory necklace - metallic cord end caps (inside diameter of 10 mm) and matching clasps. A total of 15 meters of 4 mm 3-ply rope in five different colours.
Caressa belt - this is a project that can vary in size since it is a wearable item. It is made with 3 mm single twisted string (starting from 30 meters).
Shelley shoulder bag - approx. 160 meters of 5 mm single twisted string. NB: There is a mistake in this pattern. See correction below under "Help & Corrections"
Woodstock jacket - this is a wearable item so amount of materials depends on size. It is made with 3 mm single twisted string in a random number of colours, starting from approx. 400 meters.
Aphrodite dress - this is a wearable project so amount of materials depends on size. It is made with 2 mm single twisted string, approx. 500 meters.
There are two projects in this category: A bouquet wrap and a wedding backdrop. The bouquet wrap is made with 4 mm 3-ply rope approx. 40 meters, plus a 1 meter long satin ribbon. The wedding backdrop is made with a mix of 8 and 5 mm single twisted string, approx. 600 meters of the 5 mm and 300 meters of the 8 mm, plus 4 meters of satin ribbon.
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Help & Corrections
I want to take a moment to say that errors and mistakes in a craft book is the author's absolute nightmare. I am sorry if you have gotten stuck, frustrated or even have had to start over due to any of these errors below. I wish I could contact each person who has purchased a copy and tell them to write down the corrections, but of course that is not possible. Hopefully this page is helpful.
At the end of step 4 on page 84, you attach fringe. The illustration shows 3 cords between each "diamond" but the text in the first print says to attach just 2 cords. Whether you use 3 or 2 cords is not important, but some have wondered what it should be.
If you want to attach 3 cords, you need to cut an extra 20 cords that are 1.2m long (of the 5mm single twisted string).
Under "Preparation", it should say to cut:
18 cords, each 5.2m long
6 cords, each 10m long
6 cords, each 30cm long
This means that the total amount of material should read Approx. 160m of 5mm single twisted cotton string.
Furthermore, it has become clear that if you don't tie the knots very tight (the pattern calls for firmly tied knots and making the pattern as dense as possible), you may still end up with shorter cords than the original. If you prefer not to tie your knots as tight as possible, add extra length to the 18 cords.
Step 2 asks you to tie 10 Square knots across. In order to do this you need to use both two anchor cords on each side, but unfortunately it seems this was not at all clear in the pattern. In other words, when you have attached the 18 (5.2 meters long) cords with lark's head knots you have a total of 36 cords. When you add in the anchor cords on each side, you have a total of 40 cords. Thus, the first knot is tied with the two anchor cords to the left along with the two cord ends from the first lark's head knot.
Some readers have found that a couple of cords come up too short when tying this pattern. Cut your cords a little longer to avoid this. I am going to remake this pattern to see if there is something wrong in the instructions. To be updated.
This only refers to the French translation of Macramé 2 (Macramé, une passion créative).
The size explanations and lengths have been translated to metres instead of centimetres, however the placement of commas are incorrect. When it says to cut cord lengths at 47,5 m, it should in fact be 4,75 m.
It is always a good idea to double check the thickness of the rope you are about to use by measuring it yourself, before you cut any lengths.
It's not a problem if you want to use a different rope than the type specified in the instructions. However, you may need to adjust the lengths of the cords you cut.
For instance, if you want to substitute the 2.5mm 3-ply rope to 3mm, you have sized up 20%. Therefore you need to add 20% to the lengths or your cords may become too short.
I sometimes receive questions from readers who wonder if they can sell the items that they have made following the patterns in the book. While it is true that these designs are mine, you have my permission to sell, gift or do whatever you wish with your makes! If you publish them online, I ask that you add a note that says the following:
Design by Fanny Zedenius, pattern in the book 'Macramé'.
This is a very sensitive subject to many, and while some say that the law says that you can do whatever with what you make yourself, this is not exactly true. More importantly, the law is very different in different countries, some being very strict on this issue.
I want to emphasise that you are not allowed to sell the actual pattern (the illustrations and texts) or to make your own pattern based on my designs. This includes photocopying or in any way distributing the contents of the book.