Micro Macrame – making a ring with the Craft Tray bag

Macrame was big in the 70s to create wall hangings that no one quite understood, and bags that no one wanted to carry. But the techniques that it uses can be brought up to date and used to create beautiful jewelry with very little effort. For this micro macrame project making a ring, I used burgundy thread and a glass bead. You can buy specific micro macrame knotting thread, which is a little thicker than the thread I’m using, which is probably quite a good idea when you’re starting out.

Getting started with micro macrame – the materials.

micro macrame - thread, beads and scissors, and the craft tray bag

As you can see, everything I needed fits beautifully into the craft tray bag for safe keeping when I’m not working on the project.

This particular project is a very simple one, and uses only one knot, the square head knot. If you’re just getting started with macrame, I’d suggest trying out the knots with something a little less fiddly than fine thread – I actually learnt all my knotting with scoobies! They are a lot easier to manipulate, and you can see exactly what the knot needs to be like.

You can easily find instructions to do this knot and many other macrame techniques on youtube if you need to practice before you get started, or there is a good image based tutorial here

Measuring your thread

The first thing I did was measure the thread twice around my finger to go through the bead. With a thicker thread you may only need to go round once. Once I’d knotted it, I slid the knots inside the bead, giving a ring looking something like this. You can also dab a little glue onto the knot before you slide it into the bead, if you want to be absolutely sure it isn’t going to come apart.

glass bead on double thread

To actually do the knotting, I fastened the bead to one of the loops on the craft tray bag with a pipe cleaner. Might not be the most elegant looking solution, but it works surprisingly well. One of the things that I find particularly good for crafting about this bag are the variety of ways you can use things like the fastenings to make your crafting life easier. And let’s face it, we’re all about making life easier, aren’t we?

The work in progress

ring being knotted attached with pipecleaner and pin.

 

As the bag surface is fabric, the bead doesn’t slide around and you can even pin to it very gently if you’re so inclined. As you can see, I use needles to make the two threads I’m knotting more manageable – I can effectively sew the knots as I’m going.

Here’s a close up of the knots in progress. My technique is to go under from the left and over the right thread, then take the right thread over the ring threads and through the loop the left thread has left. You then reverse this process so that the left thread (now at the right) goes back under the ring threads and over the right thread, and the right thread goes back over the right threads and under the left. If you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about, the best thing to do is try it

the knotting up close

 

When you’ve finished knotting, the best thing to do with the thread ends is sew them through the knotting so they can’t be seen. The finished effect is very clean and elegant I think, do you agree?

The finished ring

micro macrame finished ring

 

This is a simple and effective gift, and when you get into the hang of it, takes around half an hour to make. Micro macrame is definitely a craft that deserves bringing up to date I feel. Do you agree?

 

 

The New Media Mount from Trabasack

Ideal for your Crafting Needs

The Media Mount is a multi purpose mount that can be used to support books, sketch pads or Kindles and i Pads at an angle on the craft tray bag. Alternatively it can be used as a pin cushion around the rim of the Craft Tray Bag. Or wrap it around an awkward shape that you may be working on the secure it in place on the tray top. The Media Mount can be twisted into any shape and will stick to itself! It is made from soft velour fabric that is Velcro receptive. There is a strip of ‘hook’ Velcro along the underside which sticks to the velour to create whatever shape is required. There are lots of  ways the Media Mount can help busy craft makers, the possibilities are endless and we’re really excited about our new product being launched and reaching our customers!

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Multi purpose craft mount

The Media Mount: A Close-Up

The new Media Mount is described as a flexible and multi-purpose mounting device and it is definitely both those things. It can support a whole range of different items as the
image shows and you can use it innovatively and also in conjunction with your Trabasack’s Connect tray surface. The Media Mount, like the Connect surface, is made from soft hook and loop receptive fabric and also has an additional Velcro strip along one side which allows it to connect simply and easily to the tray surface. Also attached are easy to manipulate grab handles which all you to reposition and flex the Media Mount into its many different positions. It’s an addition that anyone using a Trabasack should consider a Mount to get the most from using their original product.

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Twist the mount to any shape

The Media Mount and your Trabasack Craft Tray and Bag

We have already discussed in several posts how Trabasack is a perfect option for use as a bag and tray for your craft hobbies, be it beading or a whole range of different crafting hobbies. This new Media Mount addition could be used as a further support for your hobby and making it even more straightforward and enjoyable. As mentioned, it can provide an extra support for your instructional guides or knitting patterns, holding them in place as you work or it could even be used to keep separate elements of your project apart. There are plenty of uses for the new Mount and within a few days use you’ll see exactly how versatile it can be. Customers are already coming back to us with more ideas for its use that we hadn’t even thought of and reviews are coming in thick and fast describing that new creation as excellent and multi-functional and adds considerable extra usage to the Trabasack without increasing its weight.

Currently, the Media Mount is available via the Trabasack website, with a retailer-wide launch expected within the next few weeks.

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Large pin cushion and tray rim extension