Hi, macramé lovers and knotters!
Today, I will share a cherry-blossom design with you, since it’s cherry blossom season in Japan.
You can use this pattern on its own, or incorporate it into another pattern, such as a wall hanging.
For this project, I used a 2mm cord instead of the usual 3mm cord.
This makes a smaller cherry blossom, perfect for when you’re making multiple cherry blossoms.
I attached these to a wall hanging – what will you do with yours?
Please post pictures of your work! If you want to make larger cherry blossoms, use a thicker cord.
Remember to add more length to your cords than what I recommended, since thicker cord requires a greater length to complete the pattern.
If you’re using a 3mm cord instead of 2mm cord, use at least three times the length recommended for the 2mm cord.
This pattern looks intricate and impressive, but it only uses two simple knots: Double Half Hitch knot and Overhand knot.
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The cherry blossom consists of five identical panels. Once you’ve completed the first one, the remaining four should be easy to knot.
This post gives you a step-by-step guide to make the cherry blossom design. We also have a video tutorial, if you prefer watching the process instead of reading.
I’ve listed all the materials I used here, as well as in the video. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments section. I’ll get back to you.
**This project is estimated to take 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your skill level.
Now, if you’re ready to begin, let’s get started!
Macramé Supplies You Will Need:
Length of Cord
- 1 petal: 1 x 35cm, 4 x 30cm
- There will be a total of 5 petals
Steps To Creating Macramé Cherry Blossom
Step 1: Place the 35cm cord horizontally on your work surface. Using a 30cm strand cord, make a reverse lark’s head knot on to the 35cm cord.
Step 2: Pin or tape the horizontal 35cm cord ends down together. The entire design should now be in a horizontal position.
Step 3: Using another 30cm cord as a working cord, make a double half hitch knot onto the top horizontal cord.
Step 4: Take the bottom end of the same working cord, using it to make a double half hitch knot onto the bottom horizontal cord.
Step 5: Take another 30cm cord and repeat steps 3 and 4. Repeat this again, using another 30cm cord. You should now have three 30cm cords incorporated into your design with a series of double half hitch knots.
Step 6: Take the tape or pins out and fold the top two cords down to the sides. Place the pattern down vertically.
Step 7: Using the middle two cords, make a double half hitch knot.
Step 8: Turn the pattern sideways and pin or tape the top set of cords to your work surface.
Step 9: Use the far-right cord as the anchor cord, use the second-to-right cord as a working cord for a double half hitch knot.
Step 10: Working to the left, continue making double half hitch knots onto the anchor cord until all vertical cords are attached to the horizontal anchor cord.
Step 11: Take the tape of pins out, turning your pattern upside down again. Tape or pin the top cords to the working surface again.
Step 12: Mirroring what was done in step 10, use the far left cord as an anchor cord. Make a series of double half hitch knots, working to the right until all horizontal cords are attached to the vertical cord.
Step 13: At the center, with the middle two cords at the bottom, make one more double half hitch knot. Pull the cords tight.
Step 14: Turn your design upside down again and tape or pin the right side’s cords to the work surface. Using the far left cord as an anchor cord, make another row of double half hitch knots, the same as was done in step 10.
Step 15: Turning the pattern upside down again, add one more row of double half hitch knots to the right side, as was done in step 12.
Step 16: Using the middle two cords, make another double half hitch knot, the same as was done in Step 13. Remember to pull the knot tight.
This gives you one petal! Repeat Steps 1 to 16 four more times to get a total of five petals.
Now, we will attach the petals together one by one.
Step 17: Take two petals and flip them upside down, side by side. Using the top cord of each petal, make a double overhand knot.
Working downwards, repeat step 17 for all the cords, until the two petals are wholly joined together. You should have a total of five double overhand knots linking the two petals together.
Attach the remainder of the petals, in the same way, using a series of five double overhand knots for each seam. All five petals should now be attached together.
Step 18: Before closing off the flower, take another strand of colored cord of any size, placing it in the center of the flower.
Step 19: Close off the flower by attaching the remaining petal sides to each other. Use a series of five double overhand knots, as was done in step 17.
Step 20: If you’re using the cherry blossom as a standalone piece, cut and trim the excess cords. Use a bit of glue to ensure that the knots won’t unravel.
Alternatively, if you’re using the cherry blossom as an add-on, leave the excess cords as-is. You will need these to attach the cherry blossom to your piece of choice.
Step 21: Secure the center colored cord with a few double overhand knots at the back of the pattern.
There you have it! Congratulations you’ve macrame a cherry blossom!
Use it to decorate other macramé pieces, such as wall hangings and pillowcases.
If you chose to make a larger cherry blossom, you could hang this on your wall as a beautiful standalone piece.
Feel free to experiment with different cord thicknesses – post pictures if you do!
If you have any questions, or if you enjoyed this macrame post, feel free to leave me your comments – I’d love to hear from you. Or tag me on Instagram @Bochiknot to share your work.
I’ll see you next time, have fun macramé-ing!
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