There isn’t a better time to start with Macrame than in 2021! Take your pick from easy beginner guides, gorgeous cords, and countless amazing free patterns. This guide provides everything you need to get started with Macrame!
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Hi knotties! My name is Marloes and I’ve been running macrameforbeginners.com for almost 1 year now. It’s been so amazing to see how popular this fiber craft has become in 2020 and I’m super excited you’ve decided to join us in 2021!
Our Facebook group now counts over 14.000 new beginners and this once so tiny blog welcomed over 60.000 people last month. I’m still slightly in shock about the rapid growth but at the same time, I couldn’t happier that so many people decided to give this lovely craft a go.
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How to start with Macrame?
Running a Facebook group with over 14k beginners has taught me a lot about the issues most beginners struggle with. Besides that, not so long ago I was a beginner myself and I remember all too well how it felt to start with a new craft.
This guide is specially written for beginners and for anyone who’s feeling overwhelmed and isn’t sure where to start with Macrame. I promise you, after reading this handy guide you’ll feel totally ready to get crafty with your first project.
And keep in mind, if you still have questions or you’re struggling with something, you can always join our fun Facebook community and ask our more experienced members and teachers for help.
Here are the topics that we’re going to briefly discuss in this guide. I’ve also written full lengthy guides for each of these topics which I’ll link to throughout the text.
- What are the basic knots?
- What cords to use for Macrame
- Where to buy Macrame cords
- What supplies to buy
- How to set up your workstation
- Where to find free patterns
- 3 easy steps to get started right now
Before we dive in, there are 3 important things I want you to know
1 Most of the beautiful projects you see online are created with just the 3 basic knots, which are super easy to learn
2 Once you know the 3 basic knots you can create anything your heart desires: wall hangings, plant hangers, bags, purses, owls, coasters, curtains, dreamcatchers, earrings…you name it.
3 You don’t need anything but cords to get started
What are the 3 basic knots
The basic knots for Macrame are very easy to master but they do take some practice to get comfortable with. Don’t feel discouraged when it takes you a while to figure out finger placement or where to move your cords. I promise you it only takes a couple of practice projects to speed up and really develop a feel for the craft.
Lark’s head knot
The Lark’s head knot is a super simple knot used to attach your work to a dowel or ring. You can also use this knot to attach cords to your piece and create a fluffy fringe.
The square knot is the most versatile knot in Macrame and can be used in many different patterns. Once you know the square knot, you can also make the spiral knot and berry knot.
Are you struggling with the square knot or just need some handy tips before you start practicing? Then check out my complete Square Knot guide and use my best tips to prevent making any classic beginner mistakes.
Double Half hitch / Clove hitch
The double half hitch, also known as the clove hitch is a knot that most beginners struggle with. Just make sure to keep practicing the various patterns you can use this knot for and I promise you that it will get a lot easier!
Tip: I recommend starting out with 3-Ply cords when practicing the double half hitch knot as this cord is a bit more sturdy and allows the knot to stay in place better.
What cords to use for Macrame
I love working with Bobbiny Macrame cords. They’re perfect for beginners, eco-friendly, silky soft, and available in tons of gorgeous colors like Mustard Yellow, Metallic Gold, and Wild Rose. But even more important, these high-quality cords make your projects look instantly amazing, even when you’re just a beginner!
If you want to learn more about Bobbiny, which is run by a lovely couple from their cozy factory in Poland, make sure to read my full review of this amazing and sustainable brand.
Types of cord
Most shops offer 3 types of Macrame cords: 3-Ply, Single Twist and Braided. These cords are available from 1.5mm up to 9 mm in thickness.
What cords you choose for your project depends on the pattern you’re following, personal preference, the size of your piece, and if you want to create a fringe. Braided cords, for example, don’t fringe and 3-ply cords are more suited for large wall hangings than single twist cords are.
When it comes to choosing the right cord thickness, the smaller your project the thinner your cords should be. If you want to know more about which cord type and thickness to use for each of your projects like earrings and plant hangers, you can check out my complete cord guide for more tips.
Where to buy Macrame cords
Good quality Macrame cords are usually not available in craft stores and I recommend ordering your cords online. Etsy and Amazon sell a wide variety of Macrame cords.
This question is also one of the most frequently asked in our Facebook group and I’ve made sure to gather all the answers from our members and created this handy list with the bests local online Macrame cord suppliers. This means you can now order all your Bobbiny cords without having to wait for ages and save BIG on shipping!
What supplies to get
When you get started with Macrame, I recommend investing in a good pair of sharp craft scissors so you won’t have any issues cutting your cords.
You’ll also need measuring tape to calculate cord lengths and a comb to brush out fringes. I’ve listed all my essential tools and where to order them right here in my Macrame supplies shopping list.
Some projects require you to purchase additional supplies:
Macrame wall hanging
For Macrame wall hangings, you can use dowels or sticks to attach your work. You can find my favorite shops for these items in my guide How to make a Macrame wall hanging.
Macrame plant hangers
For Macrame plant hangers, you can use wooden rings. There are also plant hanger patterns available for which you don’t need any rings. You can find my favorite plant hanger supplies in my guide How to make a Macrame plant hanger.
For Macrame earrings, you can use simple hoops or pretty wooden findings. You find my favorite supplies in my guide How to make Macrame earrings.
For modern Macrame pieces, you can use shapes like stars, circles, and triangles. You can check my Macrame Shopping Guide for all my favorite finds!
How to set up your Macrame Workstation
Most beginners get creative and use duct-tape or other inventive constructions to hang their work from. If you prefer a bit more stability and comfort, there are some cheap options avaialble to create a better workstation.
To work on larger pieces, I recommend getting a clothing rack and some large s-hooks. I got my low-budget clothing rack from Ikea for about 10 euros/dollars and it’s been perfect to work on both smaller and larger pieces.
If your budget allows it, you can also choose a more expensive adjustable clothing rack. This can come in handy when you prefer to sit down while working on your next masterpiece. There are also Macrame boards available, which are perfect to work on smaller projects such as purses or earrings.
For more info on where to buy clothing racks and work boards, make sure to check out my complete guide on How to set up your Macrame workstation.
Where to find free Macrame patterns
When it comes to learning new knots or new patterns, I recommend using Youtube. I love watching tutorials by Soulful Notions, who’s step-by-step videos are super easy to follow as a beginner and let you make the most gorgeous projects.
I’ve collected all my favorite beginner tutorials in this handy list as well, so you can browse and get inspired for projects you want to make yourself.
TIP: You can find all instructions, measurements, and tips in the description of the video, which you can read when opening the video on YouTube. If you want to slow down a video, you can do so by adjusting the Playback speed in the Settings (cogwheel icon on desktop / 3 dots on mobile). On mobile, to quickly skip 10 seconds back or forth in the video, simply double-tap on the left or right of the screen.
3 steps you can take right now to get started
Now that you know what it takes to get started with Macrame, here are 3 steps you can take right now to get creative with your very first project:
Step 1: Pick an easy beginner project on Youtube
Step 2: Order your supplies in a local online store
Step 3: Join our Facebook group for support
Step 1 – Pick an easy beginner project on Youtube
Lots of people think they need a Macrame kit or expensive book full of technique and patterns to get started. Although kits and books can be helpful, they’re usually also quite pricy and often come with complicated instructions. I recommend using my free guides and youtube tutorials to get started with Macrame.
Here are 3 projects for beginners by talented Macrame teacher Soulful Notions, including the supplies and cords you need to make it.
Project: Plant Hanger
Supplies needed: Small wooden ring, 5mm 3-Ply Macrame Cords
Project 2: Macrame Wall Hanging
Supplies needed: 8in/20cm woorden dowel, 5mm Single Twist Macrame Cords
Project 3: Macrame Bag
Supplies needed: 4mm Braided Macrame Cords
Step 2 – Order your supplies
Check my handy list with the best local online cord suppliers and Bobbiny cord stockists. This way your new cords will arrive super fast and you can save BIG on shipping.
Step 3 – Join our Facebook group
It’s always more fun to learn together! Connect with over 14.000 other beginners in our Facebook group, ask any question you might still have, and let our more experienced members or Macrame teachers help you on your way!
That’s all! You’re totally ready to get started with Macrame and I can’t wait to see what you’ll be making! Don’t miss any of my new guides and tutorials to improve your Macrame skills and make sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or YouTube!
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About Macrame for Beginners
Welcome to my blog macrameforbeginners.com, where I love to teach and inspire you to create your very own Macrame decorations.
New to Macrame? No worries, it’s super easy to learn! Check out my Macrame for Beginners Guides to quickly discover the basics and get started right away!
Watch my Latest YouTube Tutorial
This cute Macrame Rainbow / Semicircle wall hanging is super easy to make and only uses the square knot. Make sure to subscribe to the Macrame for Beginners YouTube channel for more fun beginner tutorials!