We just love it when our fibre creators incorporate different cultures into their pieces. So when we saw Damaris Kovach’s macramé design, we were reminded of how much it resembled a particular Chinese instrument, and oh, how right we were! Scroll down to find out more about the inspiration behind Damaris’s pattern, and learn to make one of your own!
The Pipa Knot is a beautiful Chinese knot that is based on the Figure 8 shape. This historical knot has been around for a very long time. It has frequently been used on ancient Oriental clothing as a clasp and for decoration. It is still used for the same purposes today. The Pipa Knot got its name from a Chinese musical instrument similar to a Lute. It is shaped like a pear and has a similar shape to this knot.
Made with thick cotton ropes, you can create a minimalist but textured wall hanging that will be a great and unique eye catcher in any home, or as a lovely handmade gift for a loved one. Without further ado - grab your supplies and let’s get started! Enjoy knotting away!
1. 12ft of 1 inch cotton rope (any kind of thick rope can be used if you desire a different size and look)
2. Hot glue adhesive
3. Very sharp scissors / pruning shears
5. Strong string for hanging (about 16 - 18 inch)
Sizes & Measurements
If you use a 1 inch rope, the measurements of the knot would be: 8” (W) x 32” (L)
Begin by wrapping tape around the rope right before the cutting spot. This will prevent the rope from unravelling while you tie the knot. Cut the rope to the required length. If you want to create a smaller knot you can do so by using a thinner rope.
1. Start the knot by creating a loop about 7-8 inches long (this will be the neck of the knot). Lay the long side of the rope (this will be the side of the rope you are working with) over the short end (make the short end about 25 inches long). You won’t be using the shorter side of the rope to tie the knot.
2. Hold this first loop at its crossing point and create another larger loop on the bottom that is about 11 inch (this will be the belly of the knot), mirroring the first loop. Lay the long end of the rope back over the center crossing point.
3. Continue by wrapping the rope around the neck of the first loop and bring it back over the start of the loop. This should be your 3rd loop.
4. Make another bottom loop that nestles snugly within the first bottom loop.
5. Bring the rope back up and create another top loop around the neck of the knot right below the last top loop.
6. Make another bottom loop that nestles snugly in your last bottom loop.
7. Bring the rope back up and create another top loop around the neck of the knot right below the last top loop.
8. To finish the knot, pull the end of the rope all the way through the center opening of the last bottom loop and gently pull the rope to tighten this last loop.
9. To keep the various loops in place, secure them carefully with some hot glue adhesive on the back side of the knot. You should have a total of 7 loops (if you use a 1 inch rope and measurements mentioned above) following a figure 8 shape and slowly decreasing in size.
Unravel both ends of the rope on the bottom of the Pipa Knot and cut the different strands to your desired length. Tie the 16-18 inch string around the main top loop for hanging.
A Little About Damaris
Damaris was born and raised in Germany, and is currently residing in New Jersey with her husband and two adorable children. After discovering her love for fiber art, Damaris opened her Etsy shop, Damaris Kovach Art, where she experiments with different forms of crafts. Her inspirations are drawn from architectures, unique interior designs and nature, and aside from using this as a creative outlet, she hopes to spread joy and inspiration through her works.
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