I really enjoyed learning the knots. I had a hard time at first finding someplace to hang it why I worked on it, and I’m not finished yet. Can’t wait it’s looking so beautiful.
I have not done this kit yet but I have done the palm trees and the dragonfly and they turned out wonderfully!! I can't wait to do this kit. I received it quickly and in good condition. I will post a pic of it once it's completed. I have enjoyed the kits offered by Solid Oak.
I used to do this stuff years ago and thought I forgot. Like riding a bicycle it all came back. Loved it!
As a knitter, I'm used to detailed instructions that, if followed one step at a time, are easy to decipher. These took me through three leaves (sort of) and then left me on my own. As a beginner, I found them inadequate. Regardless of whether or not they are repetitive, they should go from beginning to end.
I can't seem to make mine look like leaves. They look like fish. I may have to free form this to make fewer leaves and longer stems. Or if it still looks like fish, I may hang it in the bathroom. lol
This is the hardest one I’ve done and I’ve done about 6 of the kits on here. Its definitely not for beginners. The instructions are very vague and non existent. Its like they assume if you get the first branch you will just “know” how to do the rest. Its pretty but I’m taking off a star for the lousy instructions.
Honestly, I am struggling to relax and enjoy this kit. I keep having to undo and redo the steps I am following to make leaves and stems, since the instructions are so vague, and the super-long strands of yarn keep tangling on me. The leaves and stems do not look at all like they do in the instructions. I have put this kit aside for now, thinking I may pick it up sometime in the future.
Overall, I'm very pleased with how this wall hanging turned out. But there are a couple things I got very frustrated with. When the first branch and leaves were explained, things were clear. But for the second and third I think it was insufficient directions to just say "it is the same as the first, just mirrored, BUT start with #12 and not #10 and use base B or base D similar to steps C and D just like step E." Why not just have the cords numbered or spell out the steps better? What does "step G ends in #6" mean? Anyway, I redid the first row a few times until I thought I understood (which soiled my cords a little) and then I largely winged it. I even added a fourth branch since there was so much cord left over. The last two branches are my best, and I may redo it all one day, but for now it looks nice and I am taking a break. Maybe I will just design my own next time. But it looks nice!
It is in our plans to improve the clarity of the instructions. This kit is intended to be more 'organic' and free-form than some of the others, but your comments are welcome. We always want to do better...
These kits were gifts for friends and myself. Can’t wait to sit together and create.
At Solid Oak, we aim to create products that go beyond just looking good - our goal is to make the process of creating handmade jewelry and decor magical. That's why most of our products are DIY.
Solid Oak is the leader when it comes to beautiful DIY macramé kits. Even inexperienced makers can easily enjoy creating intricate wall hangings and plant hangers. Each kit includes all materials needed: cotton cord, wood and/or metal accent pieces, and arguably the clearest written, illustrated instructions in the industry. Enjoy!