One of my very favourite stories is/was Enid Blyton’s ‘The Faraway Tree’ and today I feel that I visited one of the strange lands at the top of tree….
As part of a learning at work week I was asked if I would do a craft demonstration…bit tricky when I can’t provide the materials and we will all be in our own homes, not everyone has a crafty store cupboard. But I found this lovely easy plant hanger and thought it would be perfect, incredibly simple and easy to make more complex if anyone wanted to.
I made up a few samples and got myself ready. Switched on the start the meeting and found that I had no camera and no microphone for some unknown reason… I was in front of said camera and was wearing the mic, everything appeared to be plugged into what it should be…gahh
No problems I could use my home laptop – as quick as I could I did all the procedures required and voila I was in… I could hear them, they could see and hear me, we could have a lovely little catch up and make a pot hanger or two in the short time allocated.
But…. I had forgotten I was up that tree in the Land of Topsy-Turvy…. yes I was around the wrong way. How silly! I could not turn myself around on that blessed screen. So I had to physically turn my laptop upside down and oh joy… I heard a chorus of “Oh that’s better!”
Well, I figured it was better for them to see me even if I was the other way around so I did that very quick tutorial, with my laptop balancing precariously, unable to see myself… and then when it was all over… another meeting started and people were asking where I was?
It seems the latecomers to the invite had been told – by me – that the class was 45minutes after the actual time.
It was both ridiculous, annoying, unprofessional in the extreme, hilarious, frustrating and just downright daft.
So, in case you fancy a go here’s my instructions to the simplest macramé style plant hanger in the world….
First of all choose what you’re going to use, garden twine, ribbon, cord or yarn.
Cut 4 lengths twice the length you want your plant holder to be.
Fold the lengths in half and tie a knot – this will be how you hang the planter.
Hook over a stool leg or door knob
tie your first knots
the second knots
The first picture shows me looping that hook over a leg of the stool – you need to be able to pull it taught.
Now organise your 8 strands into pairs and tie a knot roughly half way down the yarn (or whatever you’re using).
Now another row of knots a bit further down but, this time alternate the groups so, one length of yarn from your first pair is knotted with one length from the next pair .
This can be it, just do a big knot with all the lengths and that will be the base of your hanger.
In the case of the jam jar photo you will see I went around again, as the jar is long and I want it to be secure!
Plaited pink yarn, this is the one with the extra row of knots to go further up the jar
You can add beads if you have any and decorate, use different colours of yarn or ribbon for each length? I plaited the pink wool used in the jam jar hanger.
Thanks for reading, keep crafting – it’s good for you! But if you fancy reading, The Faraway Tree is pure escapism.