I usually use variegated cord for this project. But this one is three colors.
The supplies you will need are as follows:
34 yards of variegated or other cord; 1 - 2 1/2" metal or wooden ring; at least 6 large beads or bells; 1 - 8" piece of driftwood, cactus wood skeleton, manzanita burl, or grape root
4 yards of fishing line (not needed for cactus skeleton); 8 chimes for on the driftwood (bamboo, bells, or stoneware); 8 small eyelets (not needed for cactus skeleton)
Step 1 - Cut two 8 yard cords of white, one 8 yard cord of each red and blue, or any colors of your choice, one white cord 36".
Step 2 - Wrap a 2" ring with a 36" cord and tie securely with a square knot.
Step 3 - With the square knot in the center, put all cords through the ring, using the cords left from wrapping the ring as center filler cords, and separating them by colors two of each color alternating the colors, tie 4" or 10 crown knots.
Step 4 - Using the white as filler cords and the colored cords make 4 1/2"or 20 half knots.
Step 5 - Divide the cords into 3 groups. ONE - the 2 left working cords and and one cord from the core. TWO - 2 of the core. THREE - the 2 right working cords and one from the core. With ONE and THREE make 5" or 10 square knots.
Step 6 - Place 2 beads or bells on the TWO cords and tie and overhand knot to hold the beads in place, for the beads under the bead, for the bells tie to top to allow bells room to be able to move.
Step 7 - Bringing the cords all together with the half knots on either side of the beaded cords forming a circle. The TWO cords will be about 4 inches long.
Step 8 - Make a spiral of 4 1/2" or 20 half knots in the same manner as above in Step 4.
Step 9 - Repeat Steps 5 through 8. Changing colors for a beautiful effect.
Step 10 - Repeat Steps 5 through 8. Again changing the colors used.
Step 11 - Divide cords in 2 groups of 4 cords each, With each group tie 3 Josephine knots. Tie a square knot, and then you are ready to tie the "Drift wood", Cactus wood, grape root or Manzanita burl into to your hanger. I use a piece 8" in length.
Step 12 - Bring 2 cords around each side of the wood and make 2 square knots to hold it securely.
Step 13 - If using Cholla wood, put cords through holes in wood and place beads on the ends of the cord securing them with overhand knots. Or if using Driftwood, drill holes in the driftwood to insert eyelets and hang from it different lengths of dried bamboo or bells for your noise makers. Use fishing line to secure these.
TO MAKE CROWN KNOTS: These are made by holding the cords upside down, and separating the cords into 4 equal groups, numbered counter clockwise. Put one group behind the thumb, this will be group #1. Pick up group #1 and lay over group #2. Drop group #1 as you pick up group # 2. Lay #2 over #3 Drop #2 and pick up #3. Lay over #3 over #4. Drop #3 and pick up #4. Take #4 over the top and put down directly through the hole where your thumb is. Remove your thumb and tighten each group separately. Make 11 of these knots.
Now with each group of four cords using the center 2 cords as filler cords tie 11 half knots, they twist left or right depending which cord is overlapping. It will automatically twist when the proper number are made.
Half Knot Sennit
With each group of four cords using the center 2 cords as filler cords tie half knots, they twist left or right depending which cord is overlapping. It will automatically twist when the proper number are made.
With each group of four cords using the left 2 cords form a loop with the end wrapping around to the back. With other 2 cords go down over the loop and back around and up over and back down and through the top of this cord and through the back. Tighten and shape the knot.
Make a loop. Place end through loop and pull to tighten.
Reversing Square Knot
Using the outer cords as working cords and inner cords as the core cords. Place working cord to the left over core cords and under working cord on right. Place working cords on right under core cords and up through loop in left working cord. Place Left working cord over core cords and under Right working cord. Place Right working cord under core cords and through loop in Left working cord. Tighten cords. Now using inner cords as working cords and outer cords as core cords create reversing square knot.
Using the outer cords as working cords and inner cords as the core cords. Place working cord to the left over core cords and under working cord on right. Place working cords on right under core cords and up through loop in left working cord. Place Left working cord over core cords and under Right working cord. Place Right working cord under core cords and through loop in Left working cord. Tighten cords.
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