Macramé is described as the art of knotting different types of cords or strings in order to create decorative pieces. Macrame can be an incredible hobby for those who enjoy crafts and creating unique items from scratch. You can sell your macrame creations, give them away as gifts to your family and friends, or simply keep them for yourself. The possibilities are virtually endless as well when it comes to what you can create. From earrings, bags to wall hangings, dream catchers and so much more! Here is a guide to macrame for beginners below to help you get started:
- Health benefits: Macramé involves tying knots that can strengthen your hands and arms.
- Relaxing: Creating a Macramé product can be very calming and soothing to the body, mind and spirit. Release stress and calm anxiety.
- Self-growth: Create satisfaction, self-confidence, a boost in creativity, and even better emotional regulation.
- Eco-friendly: Macramé projects require few tools and supplies without any chemicals or fumes; it is definitely an earth-friendly, natural skill.
- Social: Mini macrame kits make great experience gifts for friends and family.
- Opportunity: A hobby that can turn into a viable career.
WHAT TOOLS AND MATERIALS DO I NEED TO GET STARTED WITH MACRAMÉ?
To get started with macramé, you will need the essentials: a good pair of scissors, a brush, some S-Hooks, a measurement tape, and some basic cords. Your nearest local craft store will have all you need to start practicing your knots and completing small projects.
HOW MANY TYPE OF CORDS?
There are 3 basic types of cord you can use in every project: Twisted cord, Single Strand cord and Braided cord.
Braided cord and Twisted cords give your project a different look than if you would use Single Strand cord. For example, if you want your project to look clean and tight, you should use Braided cords and Twisted cords.On the other hand, Single Strand cords give your work more of a natural fluffy look.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE OF CORD FOR MY MACRAME PROJECT?
For every project, you will need to consider the type of materials needed before beginning to knot your macramé. Choosing one cord over another will change the overall look and feel of your final piece. Using thick rope, for example, means bigger knots. Bigger knots often lead to large-scale powerful artwork. If, on the other hand, you want a more elegant and delicate look, thinner cords are the way to go.
Recommendation per project type:
- Big wall hanging: 5 - 10mm
- Small wall hanging 3 - 5mm
- Plant Hanger: 2 - 5mm
- Macrame bags: 3 - 5mm
- Jewelry: 1.5 - 3mm
- Key chain / Bookmark: 1.5 - 3mm
WHAT ARE THE BASIC KNOTS?
The following knots are the essentials to get started with macrame. They will also allow you to make a wide variety of things including plant hangers, bracelets, and key chains. Learning these five basic macrame knots will help you get started on a successful macrame journey.
- Lark’s Head Knot
- Square Knot
- Half-Hitch Knot
- Double Half-Hitch Knot
- Spiral Knot
- Switch Knot
To learn more about macrame, knots and patterns, check my newest book Macrame: The Power of Knots. Available on Amazon US and UK on June 13th.