A macrame hammock chair involves quite a large amount of time and materials. When you invest the time, you can create a project that will last for years even outdoors. There are cords for both indoor and outdoor use and you should choose according to where you will hang your hammock chair. Practice the knots in advance to save time in making this large project, and always prepare the cords as soon as they are cut.
Macrame cord materials vary in their types, thickness and texture. If you plan to use your hammock chair outdoors, choose a thicker, natural type of cord like hemp, jute or cotton. Indoor hammock chairs can incorporate softer cords that will not have to bear the humidity and climate changes. Jute is usually the best choice for outdoor projects to bear weight and weather naturally.
Purchase all of the macrame cord for a project at one time. If you purchase only part of the materials and intend on purchasing the rest later, you may not find the exact colors or textures that you used in the beginning. This can result in a pattern that appears haphazard.
Learn the Knots
It is always a sound idea to practice the macrame knots that you will use to make a project before starting the project. Cut short pieces and practice each knot a few times so that they will go much faster during the creation of a hammock chair. Some of the common knots in outdoor furniture include the Josephine knot, Lanyard knot, Square knot and Clew knot.
Small macrame projects like plant hangers do not involve nearly as much time as a hammock chair. This project and any outdoor macrame project requires several hours to complete. Macrame can be a soothing project when you are not rushing to complete it for a special occasion. If you are planning the hammock chair for a certain occasion or gift, start your project a month in advance so that you have adequate time to complete it without rushing.
Preparing the Cord
The first step in any macrame project is to cut the cords to length for all parts of the project. Cords fray easily, but burning the ends of each piece of cord by quickly passing a cigarette lighter over them will fuse the fibers together so that they remain intact. Use caution when burning a cord end; quickly pass the flame over the edge of the cord just enough to fuse it (check that the type of cord you are using allows this sort of procedure so you do not end up setting the cord on fire). Wipe the ends of the cords with a towel after fusing them to remove any dark substance that may pill up with some types of cords. This also prevents any future unraveling in a hammock chair project and keeps the cord ends from discoloring your work.
Macrame hammock chairs include a ring at the top for hanging that has a large wooden dowel supported by cords to hold the shape of the hammock chair and support your weight. Purchasing a large dowel is advisable so that anyone can sit in the hammock chair without it collapsing. Clew knots generally form a large portion of the body of the chair. These knots are a type of over-and-under weaving that are secure and supportive for a solid pattern. The hammock chair pattern is usually rectangular and may include an open weave pattern that is light and airy.