One of my very favourite stories is/was Enid Blyton’s ‘The Faraway Tree’ and today I feel that I visited one of the strange lands at the top of tree….
As part of a learning at work week I was asked if I would do a craft demonstration…bit tricky when I can’t provide the materials and we will all be in our own homes, not everyone has a crafty store cupboard. But I found this lovely easy plant hanger and thought it would be perfect, incredibly simple and easy to make more complex if anyone wanted to.
I made up a few samples and got myself ready. Switched on the start the meeting and found that I had no camera and no microphone for some unknown reason… I was in front of said camera and was wearing the mic, everything appeared to be plugged into what it should be…gahh
No problems I could use my home laptop – as quick as I could I did all the procedures required and voila I was in… I could hear them, they could see and hear me, we could have a lovely little catch up and make a pot hanger or two in the short time allocated.
But…. I had forgotten I was up that tree in the Land of Topsy-Turvy…. yes I was around the wrong way. How silly! I could not turn myself around on that blessed screen. So I had to physically turn my laptop upside down and oh joy… I heard a chorus of “Oh that’s better!”
Well, I figured it was better for them to see me even if I was the other way around so I did that very quick tutorial, with my laptop balancing precariously, unable to see myself… and then when it was all over… another meeting started and people were asking where I was?
It seems the latecomers to the invite had been told – by me – that the class was 45minutes after the actual time.
It was both ridiculous, annoying, unprofessional in the extreme, hilarious, frustrating and just downright daft.
So, in case you fancy a go here’s my instructions to the simplest macramé style plant hanger in the world….
First of all choose what you’re going to use, garden twine, ribbon, cord or yarn.
Cut 4 lengths twice the length you want your plant holder to be.
Fold the lengths in half and tie a knot – this will be how you hang the planter.
The first picture shows me looping that hook over a leg of the stool – you need to be able to pull it taught.
Now organise your 8 strands into pairs and tie a knot roughly half way down the yarn (or whatever you’re using).
Now another row of knots a bit further down but, this time alternate the groups so, one length of yarn from your first pair is knotted with one length from the next pair .
This can be it, just do a big knot with all the lengths and that will be the base of your hanger.
In the case of the jam jar photo you will see I went around again, as the jar is long and I want it to be secure!
You can add beads if you have any and decorate, use different colours of yarn or ribbon for each length? I plaited the pink wool used in the jam jar hanger.
Thanks for reading, keep crafting – it’s good for you! But if you fancy reading, The Faraway Tree is pure escapism.