Make your own bohemian style macrame peace sign using simple stitching and a wire wreath hoop.
If there’s anything we could all use a lot more of, it’s peace. Quiet wouldn’t be so bad either. This project is a relatively quick one. It’s made using the same macrame stitch that I mastered by making way too many necklaces and hair wraps during my teenage years. I was also pretty addicted to building dream catchers. As you can see, I was able to put THAT skill to use here too.
Ah, my wayward youth – finally paying off! Macrame peace signs for everyone.
I hung this pretty thing from a tree in the front yard, but it would also look lovely on a wall or in a window. Try experimenting with different colored yarn and ribbons to make your own peace sign more personal. I was tempted to use rainbow ribbons, but ended up going with something more neutral.
Have fun, y’all. Peace out.
-18″ wire hoop
-worsted weight cotton yarn
Step One: Start wrapping your hoop by attaching a small piece of tape to the wire hoop. Use the tape to secure the tip of the yarn. Wrap the yarn around the hoop tightly. This is the longest step in the project, so hang in there! When you have wrapped the entire hoop, tie a tight knot around the hoop to make sure it stays in place.
Step Two: Measure a length of yarn to about 6 feet long. Fold the yarn over and measure another 6 feet, giving you a total of two 6-foot lengths of yarn. Secure the yarn to the hoop using a cow hitch knot. This means you’ll fold the yarn in half and use the folded end to create loop over the hoop. Next, slide the cut ends through the hole and pull tight. (Shown above.)
Step Three: Now it’s time to make the first macrame cord on your sign. Separate the four pieces of yarn hanging from the cow hitch knot. Spread one strand to the left, another to the right, and leave two strands straight down the middle. Tie an overhand knot using the left and right strands, leaving the two middle strands in the center of the knot. Pull the knot until snug, but do not over-tighten it. It should remain loose enough to be slid up and down as needed.
Alternate which side you begin on each knot to create a cord that lays flat. If you do not alternate, you’ll end up with a spiral cord instead. Check out this video to watch me repeating this knotting technique.
Simple Macrame Stitch from Mary Helen Leonard on Vimeo.
Step Four: When the cord gets long enough, tie it to the other side of the hoop. Tie the cord nice and tight to make sure it has enough tension to stay straight. Snip the leftover cords to the same length.
Step Five: Measure and fold together four 4-foot strands of yarn. Tie the strands at their middle-point in a knot about halfway up the finished cord. Use these four strands to knot a new cord, and tie that cord tight to the hoop, forming the third line in the peace sign. Repeat these steps one last time to create the third line of the peace sign. After the cord are finished, snip any leftover yarn to a uniform length.
Step Six: Cut the ribbon into 24-inch lengths then tie them to the bottom of the hoop using a cow hitch knot. Tie a few short lengths of yard to the top of the hoop to serve as a hanger.
If you enjoyed this macrame peace sign tutorial, please check out these other projects: Hate Has No Home Here Yard Sign | Autumn Leaf Mobile | Puff Quilt Pillow Cover