Nicole™ Crafts Macaramé Dog Leash

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by Ginny Lowe, A.C. Moore Craftologist

Nicole™ Crafts Macaramé Dog Leash

Walk your dog in style!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Tip: when choosing a cord, the higher the mm on it, the thicker and stronger the cord will be.
  • 2
    Cut 1 piece of a cord (Color A) that is 12 yards. Cut a second piece of cord (Color B) that is 12 yards. Staying with Color B, cut 1 piece that is 36 inch - this will be the wrap cord. (If needed, get 2 cords of each color that is 2 yards for add-on.) Wrap the 12 yard pieces of cord into seaparate bundles and rubber band each. (This is easier to handle than long cords.
  • 3
    Fold 1 of the 12 yard pieces of cord in half and fold over the bar of the swivel hook. Slide the cords through the loop that was made. This is a Larkshead Knot. Repeat this step with the other 12 yard piece of cord.
  • 4
    The Half Knot repeated will make the Half Knot Spiral. This is used to create the leash for 36 inch or until you reach the handle area. We added beads at 10 inch, 15 inch and 19 inch on the Half Knot Spiral. If working cords get short, you can switch cords inside of the wood beads. The filler cords now become the working cords. This allows you to use all of the 12 yard lengths.
  • 5
    At end of Leash Spiral, leave a 2 inch space and begin making the Square Knots to create the handle.
  • 6
    If cords are short, it is time to add-on. Using the cords cut in the beginning of the instructions, you will need one of each color cord. You will also need a candle jar or a wood burning tool. We find the candle jar is easier to use, for this fusing method. Cut the short middle, filler cords to 1 inch, place one end and one end of a new cord in the flame until it looks like the fibers are melting. Remove from flame and place on a protected table. Use a craft stick to press the melted ends together while cooling. Repeat with other filler cord. Tie a square knot over the fused cords to hide the melted area. If your working cords are becoming short just switch with the new filler cords by wrapping the filler cords around the working cords and tying a tight Square Knot. Now the cords that are in the middle as filler cords can be replaced using the fusing method and you can continue on tying a total of 18 square knots for the handle.
  • 7
    Fold over the Square Knotted section to create handle. Use wrapping technique to secure handle section to leash. Using the 36 inch long wrapping cord, fold the end down to make a loop. Lay this along side of the leash, keeping a tail to use later. Begin wrapping up, towards the loop. When you reach the loop, feed the end through and pull the tail. This will secure the wrap and connect handle to the leash. Trim off any ends.
  • 8
    Now the dog leash is ready to be used to walk the dog.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • •Bonnie 6 mm Craft Cord n Two Different Colors
  • •Nicole™ Crafts Jewelry Connection™ Silver Swivel Hooks with Key Rings, Large Multi-Color Wood Beads & Jumbo Wood Craft Sticks
  • •Candle Jar or Wood Burning Tool, Scissors & Ruler