The deficient rod doesn't allow the macrame to lie flat. It bunches up and makes the piece look uneven. I thought of removing included branch/stick and replacing with a longer rod. However, my larks head knots were made to accommodate the branch, which had slight natural imperfections. Therefore, removing branch and replacing with a dowel would result in uneven knots at the top. Easier to start over on a longer rod.
We work tightly when attaching cords to the stick and making those first Clove Hitches. When the cords are smooshed close together this way, the supplied branch is long enough. For anyone who prefers a less densely knotted macrame style, a longer branch wouldn't hurt.
I've looked at the kit, I love it, beautiful colors . As of right now it's hard to find time to make it. I use to Macramé a number of years ago, so can't wait to make it.
I love this macrame flag! I did have to adjust the design. Due to the 8 foot section being too short, I had to omit the last row of waves on the whole flag. If I do another one, I will make the 8 foot cords 10 feet long instead. Still looks amazing though!
The flag design will be a bit different in proportion for each person. There should be enough cord to make the 'waves' generally as pictured, but we also see this part as a bit more freestyle. The distances between 'waves' can be varied to taste. ;-)
I haven't done macrame in decades, but the instructions for the flag are easy to follow, very specific, and the final product looks exactly like it is supposed to look.
I just finished my third flag and absolutely love them. If you have macramed before, you will find this to be an easy rewarding project. The instructions are pretty clear and the knot illustrations are well done. One of the most challenging part of macrame is determining length of cord so you are efficient and not wasteful. That is my primary reason for buying kits, because it takes the guess work out of the measuring process. I found step 13, 14 and 15 to be alittle challenging on the instructions. Keep in mind you are only knotting with “blue” cord and it will make a little more sense. i have two more of these kits and plan to give them as gifts when completed. Great job solid oak! Love your products! Also I noticed some comments about stringing the beads…..just put a small piece of scotch tape on the end of the strands that you are going to use beads in. That way they slide right on, and you can remove the tape later.
This was so easy to put together. The directions are clear and I have one suggestion for the writers: Please let everyone know that a hitch knot is done twice with each rope, that is not clear, but a true hitch knot is that way. I had so much fun, I made one for each of my sister too!
Love the look of this hanging, however, I found the directions lacking a bit. The first two rows of the blue field would not come out looking right no matter what I tried and I tried four times. I haven't given up on the project yet. If someone could offer a little clearer instruction on that portion it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
We are always willing to try to help when someone gets stuck or confused on directions. If you would like to email a picture of where you are having trouble,, I will try to clarify! Send to email@example.com
The instructions are a bit hazy in places. I am currently making this and after half way through the blue section realized I should have adjusted the initial first strand differently. I will have to splice in a piece or will run out of cord yet have an extra 7 feet on the other side. Telling me to be sure I get the bead on the right cord .... without saying what that was caused me to have done trial and error. I am still working on the blue so can't respond regarding the rest. If I did a second one there are changes I would know/make.
Sorry you were confounded by those steps! The first two rows should be tied on the same Base Cord. Start at the left, do all the clove hitches across... then bend that Base Cord back to the left and tie the second row, right to left. We try to make clear instructions, with the knot diagrams and little notes. We pay attention to every comment, so thank you for letting us know this part needs to be clarified in your experience! Note to you and everyone: if you encounter questions in making up a SOlid Oak kit, please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will do our best to clarify and help!
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