What is so magic about feathers? Do you ever spy one out on the ground, pick it up and twirl it around and wish you could go to heaven? Countless cultures have used the feather as a sacred or honorable symbol, and although today the meanings have been diluted, there is still something mystical about it.
Whether you have a dream catcher, a birdhouse, or a goosedown pillow, you probably have some feathers around you. Wouldn’t you like to be able to make your own in a rainbow of colors in all shapes and sizes? Then we have the perfect (and free!) sample for you – the DIY macramé feather.
The combination of two currently popular items, macramé and nibs, seems to be a piece of cake. These nibs can be used as key rings, bookmarks, wall hangings and placemats, and are perfect as gifts for nature lovers and spiritual mystics in your life.
If you would like to try one of them yourself, you will need to collect the following items:
- Macramé cord or multi-layer yarn (this is important for later when you create the feather structure)
- Key ring (if you want, you can use a short dowel or a bead)
The only knot you need to know to make this feather is the lark’s head knot. The pattern contains two types of tutorials: video and written instructions. After that it is very easy to make an overhand knot (the type you use when tying your shoes) over and over again until you have reached the desired length and fullness.
The next step is to create the edge, i.e. comb through the multiple layer until it comes loose. After that, all you have to do is cut the edge into a feather-like shape. However, if you want a different shape, you can experiment – this works for simple shapes like ovals, rectangles and diamonds.