What Is Macrame?

Macrame may be one of the most popular DIY projects of the moment, but it is actually an art form that dates back centuries! From wall hangings and plant holders, to key chains and hanging chairs, the possibilities of what you can create with macrame are almost limitless. Let’s take a look at what macrame is, what materials you need, and a few projects you can try.

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What Is it?

Simply put, macrame is the art of tying decorative knots. If you ever made friendship bracelets out of colorful thread when you were young, then you have already completed a macrame project. Macrame is completed by weaving threads, cords, or other textiles into simple or intricate knots without the use of needles.

Macrame Materials

The basic equipment to get started with a macrame project include the following materials:

  • Mounting rings
  • Wooden beads
  • Jute
  • Twine
  • Yarn
  • Hemp
  • Leather

When you’re just getting started, you don’t need to purchase all of the available materials in your local craft store. You want to make sure you enjoy this particular art form before you spend a lot of money. With that in mind, pick one type of thread and one mounting ring. Find a board around your home that you can use as your work surface. While there are specific macrame pins you can buy to attach your thread to the board, you can also start off by using safety pins, which you’re likely to have already and are also cheaper.

Types of Macrame Knots

There are more than 50 types of knots you can use in a macrame project, which can quickly become overwhelming. As someone who is just starting, we recommend you begin with a more simple knot such as the half knot or square knot. Once you feel comfortable with some of the basic knots, you can move on to a new one. Some types of knots you can look forward to trying include:

  • Lark’s head
  • Half-knot spiral
  • Clove hitch
  • Overhand knot
  • Gathering knot
  • Chevron
  • Indian braid
  • Diagonal
  • And so much more!

Macrame Project Ideas

There are so many different projects you can try, so it just depends on your personal preferences and style. In fact, each project can be completed in different manners depending on the type of knots you wish to use. Here are a few projects you should try as you explore the unique art of macrame:

  • Wall hangings
  • Planters
  • Key chains
  • Hanging chairs
  • Belts
  • Jewelry

In fact, you might even find that your children want to join in on the crafting fun, so be sure to purchase enough materials for everyone!

Going Further

Hanging Suggestions

If you’ve dipped your toes in the macrame waters long enough to know that this is more than just a passing fad for you, then we have some suggestions for the tools and supplies you’ll want to purchase. One of the first problems you probably came across was the issue of where to hang your macrame work in progress. There are a few options you can try.

You can tie a rope to your wooden pole, drape it over the back of a door and then tie it to the door knob on the other side.
You can purchase S hooks to hang your project over the top of a door.
You can purchase a clothes rack, which will provide the perfect pairing with your S hooks.

Cording Options

Cotton rope is great for small- and medium-sized projects. It works especially well for planters and wall hangings. Nylon rope is ideal for projects that will be used or placed outdoors. Polypropylene cording should be used when you plan to restring lawn chairs or complete other similar outdoor projects. Colored rope adds a lovely artistic touch to a variety of projects — both indoors and out.

Wholesale Craft Suppliers

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