Macramé Inspired a Young Jenny Lemons
I first got into macrame when I was a teenager in the early 2000s. Back in those days, I spent my free time feverishly knotting hemp jewelry and accessories. This obsession landed me my first job at The Bead Monkey(RIP), a bead shop in Minneapolis. Working there was like my version of heaven. I was surrounded by colorful beads and creative older women who inspired me to pursue art as a career. I remember bringing in my embarrassing sketchbooks full of angsty drawings to work. My coworkers poured over them, sharing tips and words of encouragement.
It was through this job that my teaching career began. My manager believed in me so much that she let me, a teenager with too much eyeliner and technicolored hair, teach a macrame jewelry class to adults! I recall standing in front of the small group of students, carefully planning my words to make sure my directions were clear.
As of today, I have taught thousands of people many things, but macrame has always held a special place in my heart. Every time I teach knotting, I channel my 17-year-old self and think of the kind women who helped me get to where I am today.
Making Plant Hangers
I haven’t changed my bathroom decor since we moved into our apartment 5 years ago. The way it’s decorated is fine, but I wanted to add some more plants to our tiny room.
Macrame plant hangers are the perfect small space solution because they can be hung on the wall or from the ceiling, freeing up shelf space for other things.
I love macramé because you don't need any special equipment to get started! All you need are two hands and some rope.
- 8, 3-yard pieces of 3mm macrame cord
- 2, 1-yard pieces of 3mm macrame cord
- 2” wooden ring
- Potted plant
Step 1: Slide your cords through the ring
Step 2: Tie a gathering Knot
Step 2: Square Knot
You are now ready to start knotting your cords!
The square knot is one of the most basic knots of macrame. It creates a lovely box-shaped knot.
Step 5: Create a Net
Next, we're going to use an alternating square knot to create a net to hold our pot!
At this point, you should have four square knots connecting all your cords.
Complete a second row of alternating square knots approximately 3" down from your last row.
My Green Oasis
I couldn't be happier with the way my plant hangers turned out! I can't wait to relax in my tub, surrounded by beautiful plants.
I hope you are all able to create a plant hanger for your home and have some fun with this accessible and relaxing craft.
By Jennie Lennick
Designer, entrepreneur, and lover of crafts! Boss Lady at Jenny Lemons in San Francisco