Are you looking for easy beginner Macrame projects to kick off your new favorite hobby? Macrame teacher Saskia Summer from Summer Macrame will show you exactly how to make your own gorgeous wall hangings, keychains, and plant hangers!
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Did you know the Macrame for Beginners Facebook Group has teamed up with some of the best online Macrame teachers to help you learn new knots and patterns?
One of them is the Saskia Summer from YouTube channel Summer Macrame who makes the most gorgeous Macrame home decorations!
Keep reading to discover how to make your own Macrame wall hanging, plant hanger, and keychains! But first, let’s get to know Saskia a bit better in this fun interview we did together. Enjoy!
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Meet Macrame Teacher Saskia Summer
Hi all! My name is Saskia, I was born and raised in The Netherlands to a Spanish mom and a Dutch dad. In 2011 I moved to Dubai to work as a flight attendant, which truly was a dream come true!
I got to visit over 55 countries both on work trips and on my time off. My first working flight was to Melbourne, and my 2nd working flight was to Bangkok. How amazing is that?!
Whilst living in Dubai I met my husband who’s from Ireland, and back in 2017, we moved to Dublin. In June 2020 I became a mama to our baby son.
What was your process in becoming a Macrame artist?
I started my Macrame journey in early 2019. Back then I was the manager of a holistic wellness center & Yoga studio (besides Macrame I also teach yoga), my boss back then had given me the freedom to revamp our office, and I knew I really wanted one of those amazing boho wall hangings I kept seeing popping up online.
I spend many many days looking on Etsy, and I just couldn’t decide which one to buy they were all so stunning. Then one of my colleagues mentioned that I could probably make one myself?
I thought she was crazy! These were professional art pieces, there’s no way I can do that? I’m not an artist? But I decided to give it a try anyway, I’ve always been a crafty person and I was up for the challenge.
I couldn’t find any Macrame rope anywhere in Ireland, but I did have lots and lots of thin yarn. So I first spend many hours braiding them all together to get a thicker rope, and then I was finally ready to create my first wall hanging. I used a couple of Youtube tutorials to learn the basic knots but I honestly can’t remember anymore which channel it was!
What do you love most about Macrame?
For me, knotting is a form of meditation. There’s something very calming and grounding about repeated hand movements, feeling the fibers move between your fingers, the gentle swaying of the ropes.
Macrame is relaxing, and it should feel relaxing! Posture is important, keeping your shoulders relaxed, hands just above your belly button.
My favorite pieces to work on are larger wall hangings, and I absolutely love working with dyes as well. With a small baby, I don’t have a whole lot of time for handdyed tapestries anymore, it’s very time consuming (and messy!)
What kind of material do you like to work with?
I always work with recycled cotton rope, and I prefer single strand/twisted rope in 4mm or 5mm. Offwhite is my favorite. I also really like the look of raffia.
What’s your favorite online shop to buy Macrame cords?
I always used to buy my ropes from Peacock and Peony, which is a lovely online shop based in the Netherlands. She’s taking a little break from her business at the moment but I hope she’ll be back soon.
I also really love working with Bobbiny, their ropes are so soft and dreamy, and the majority of the collection is recycled cotton. Bobbiny is now a big and established brand, but the husband and the wive-ran company also started out small, just the 2 of them. I find it very inspiring to see what can be achieved. For any other supplies, I may need I go to Etsy. I love supporting other small businesses and try to do so where I can.
What inspires you to come up with new projects?
I spend a lot of time daydreaming, visualizing, and manifesting. In those visualizations I live somewhere on a tropical beach, surrounded by tropical trees, hammocks, Macrame hanging all around my beach shack, softly swaying with the ocean breeze.
I love long, flowy pieces with a lot of fringe. I don’t mind if my pieces are a bit “messy” or “uneven.” My favorite pieces are the ones I can clearly see hanging in my future beachside boho home.
I’m also very open to creating a specific tutorial someone might be looking for. For example, I had a lot of questions about onion and garlic hangers I posted one day, so I recreated them and filmed the process for a tutorial which is now live on my channel. You can also find the tutorial in this post, so keep reading!
What’s your favorite thing about teaching Macrame on YouTube?
It makes my heart so full and I feel very grateful when I receive excited messages and photos from people all around the world telling me they just completed their first Macrame project and how proud they are! That was me one day too, I still remember how excited I was when I completed my first wall hanging.
Do you have a favorite Macrame artist?
I love Sasha Macramessage’s work, her style is very similar to my personal taste.
What are your best tips for people who just got started with Macrame?
Just do it! There’s no point in having 5 beautiful rolls of rope just sitting there, that are never being used The good thing about Macrame is, if you don’t like something or if you’ve made a mistake, you can just unknot what you did and start again.
Also, invest in an adjustable clothes rack to use as your work station. It is the best piece of equipment I bought!
Do you have tips for aspiring and beginning Macrame artists?
I know as artists it can be upsetting when we see big chain stores offering mass-produced Macrame items at a fraction of the price. Please don’t get discouraged by big stores and brands that are offering Macrame for a really cheap price.
In business, your mindset and knowing your own worth is everything. Know that there will always be 2 kinds of consumers:
1. clients that maybe only have a smaller budget to work with, and can only afford to buy their home decor etc from big box stores at a lower price point. For example, a student that has just moved out of their parents house and wants to buy something nice for their tiny first apartment. A single parent who is working 3 jobs to support the family and also wants to treat him/herself to something pretty with the €30 they have left over at the end of a long month.
2. clients that have a bigger budget to work with, love to support small independent artists, and will only want to buy and can afford to buy unique handmade pieces that are not mass-produced. We need to respect everyone’s choices and can’t expect everyone to always shop local.
The world is a really really big place and there is enough sunshine for everyone. Don’t undersell yourself in an attempt to match the cheap prices in big chain stores. Know your worth, and trust that the right clients will find you.
Are you ready to make your own gorgeous Macrame projects? Keep scrolling to discover Saskia’s best Macrame tutorials and get started right away!
If you want to buy one of Saskia’s amazing handmade Macrame products or Macrame cords, you can visit her wonderful Etsy shop. Make sure to follow Summer Macrame on Instagram and YouTube so you’ll never miss out on any new Macrame tutorials!
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