Use macrame for coasters
by Alice Morrell
I wonder if you have ever looked at an ugly glass stain on your furniture and wished that paper napkin had been a bit stronger. I have, and decided I would put one of my crafts to work on a useful as well as decorative project to solve the problem.
I used inexpensive butcher’s cord to make macrame glass coasters. You will use one ball of butcher’s cord (found at craft and hardware stores), a small four-inch square board of softwood, scissors, thumbtacks, ruler (five-eighth-inch curtain rings or washers optional), one of your 8- or l2-ounce glasses, flour and water whipped to the consistency of then milk, and acrylic spray.
To make a glass coaster that a glass can sit in, you cut butcher’s cord into 12 lengths, 24 inches long. For the center ring, you may cut a piece of cord long enough to tie around your thumb and knot or use a small curtain ring or washer.
Fold cords in half and mount on ring by placing the loop over the ring and pulling the two running ends through it (Fig 1). Attach all 12 strands to the ring in this manner.
Next, place this ring on the center of the small wooden board and hold in place with several thumbtacks or push pins. This project is done in square knots so divide strands into groups of four, and tie a macrame square knot in each group (Fig. 2).
Measure out about one-fourth inch, redivide the groups by taking two strands from one group and two strands from the adjoining group, and again make a macrame square knot. Do this all the way around. Again measure and mark on the board one-half inch, divide the strands as above and make square knots all the way around. This should fit the bottom of your glass. If it is too small to cover the bottom, adjust by lengthening the strands between knots.
Now measure one-half inch on the board and again divide strands and make square knots. For the next row, measure out three-fourth inch, divide as before, and tie more alternating square knots. The next two rows measure one inch, divide and repeat the square-knot procedure.
At this point, fit the glass on the center ring, pull the coaster up the sides and divide the strands. Tie a square knot, pulling the strands as tight as possible, and cut one-half inch from the knot, leaving a small end. Repeat for all strands.
Remove your glass, undo the thumbtacks and dunk the macrame coaster in its flour and water paste until it is thoroughly soaked.
Shape over the glass bottom, set the glass bottom-side up on foil in a 150-degree oven to dry for several hours
After the drying period, carefully remove any loose flour particles with your fingers The macrame coaster should be stiff enough to hold its shape. You may, however, like to acrylic spray the outside as a protection against sticky hands and prevent it from becoming limp with moisture.
Macrame a set, dip and dry at one time to save oven heat Another idea: dip dye each a different color to help guests find their own glass when ordering refills. Sets of these make good spring bazaar or scout projects. Experiment and have fun.
Top photo of a macrame wall hanging by tsuacctnt