Meet Sasha from Fibers of Mine, a super talented Macrame artist who recently started teaching her amazing skills on Youtube. I’m so happy we got to talk for a bit so you can learn all about her journey into Macrame and discover her gorgeous projects and tutorials!
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About Fibers of Mine
It was only recently that I spotted Fibers of Mine’s beautiful Mandala tutorial on YouTube. I couldn’t wait to share her amazing work in our Macrame for Beginners Facebook group and needless to say, everyone loved it!
From beautiful wall hangings to new knots, Sasha will teach you all her skills. If you have any requests for her, make sure to join us on Facebook and ask her for tutorials you’d like to see! There’s more coming soon, so subscribe to her YouTube channel if you don’t want to miss it!
Macrame Featured Teachers
Sasha is one of our Featured Macrame Teachers and we’ll be creating more fun blog posts with her in the future. Make sure to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, and join our Macrame for Beginners Facebook Group so you don’t miss out!
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Meet Macrame Teacher Sasha from Fibers of Mine
Hi everyone, I’m Sasha (which is a nickname for Alexandra). I was born and raised in a small town in Ukraine. I flew the nest at 17, lived in different places, traveled for a bit, and at the moment I live in California, United States.
I work as a creative director and spend time on my art whenever I can, which is mostly on the weekends and not as much as I would’ve liked, but I cherish every moment of it.
Art and creation are rooted deep in me and they are the fibers of my soul, thus the name of my small business: Fibers of Mine.
What was your process in becoming a Macrame artist?
I have been artistic since I was a little girl. I always loved to draw, paint and make things. I learned how to sew, knit, and crochet early on as it was sort of part of our culture.
I was taught how to tie knots in one of my school summer camps, although I didn’t continue with Macrame. When I was growing up, I focused on painting and drawing, tried my hand in sculpting and photography. Over the years I’ve had gallery shows, curated shows for emerging artists, and taught art for a bit.
I didn’t get into fiber arts until August 2020. My partner and I sail, and as I was researching how to tie a particular knot I discovered the world of Macrame and, of course, my nature demanded that I started with it.
I didn’t even remember my childhood experience until my mother pointed it out to me. Perhaps that’s why it came naturally to me and why I instantly fell in love with it.
The first project I made was a wall hanging. I started by following a YouTube tutorial but ended up adding my own design and expanding it into something different. After that, I threw myself into Macrame and weaving head-on.
What do you love most about Macrame?
The possibilities for creativity with Macrame are endless. With just a few simple knots you can create so many beautiful things. Combine that with weaving and it takes on a completely different aspect. It’s also a very meditative experience for me.
What are your favorite Macrame projects to create?
This is a difficult question to answer. I love them all! I love the process of coming up with a new piece. I love using different techniques in my work, so I think my favorite projects are the ones that combine those techniques.
Macraweaves are my favorite pieces to work on, Not only are they beautiful, but you can also use a lot of your scraps to make fluffy parts that create great textures. And I absolutely love textures 😀
What type of Macrame cords do you like to work with?
It depends on the project or a part of the project I am working on, but I do tend to use a 4mm single strand cord the most.
Where do you find inspiration for new projects?
Other artists, of course. When I see work that I find incredible, it inspires me to reach higher and to try something different. Sometimes when I am undecided on what I want to work on next, I just spend time looking at works of other artists, it gives me a jolt of energy, and my brain starts coming up with tons of ideas that keep evolving into something else.
Nature also gives me a lot of inspiration. Shapes and colors, plants and trees, driftwood, pebbles, and shells. Small pieces of driftwood inspired me to make some air plant hangers, for which I recently made a tutorial.
On my last trip, I collected a lot of shells and bits of broken coral. When I see things like that, my mind immediately tries to find ways to incorporate them into my projects.
What’s your favorite thing about teaching Macrame on YouTube?
I read once somewhere that there are two types of people, coaches, and players. I am a coach through and through. I love to pass on the knowledge and teaching what I know inspires me to learn more in return. I also find it extremely rewarding when I can help others.
My YouTube channel was started kind of by accident though! I posted my Macrame mandala in a Facebook group and people started asking me for a tutorial. I thought, oh boy! I didn’t follow a tutorial so I need to make one.
Then I discovered this really cool square knot variation that is awesome for plant hangers because it’s stronger than the regular square knot, so I shared that too. And so my YouTube channel was born.
I don’t have many tutorials yet, I am still learning this skill, but will definitely be making more. So if you have any requests, I’d be happy to work on those 🙂
Do you have a favorite Macrame artist?
I don’t have just one. There are so many amazing artists whose work is very inspiring to me.
Chantel Conlon of Lots of Knots Canada was one of the first artists I discovered on Instagram when I started. Not only does she creates beautiful work, but her quick and easy-to-follow tutorials are amazing.
Olga Thomson was another one of the very first artists that inspired me as a beginner. Her clean designs and the colors she uses are very beautiful.
Aja Smart from Strandtexture has absolutely amazing macraweave pieces and she makes the most gorgeous mandalas.
Kasha Cantillo from Kasha Craft Creation creates mind-blowing Macrame creatures, seascape and flower sculptures.
And I have to mention Erik Speer from Esspeer. Even though his work isn’t just Macrame, his pieces are absolutely out of this world. He uses all kinds of different techniques to create his incredible pieces.
He starts with a Macrame skeleton and adds elements that are woven, crocheted, knitted, and felted that result in fiber sculptures. I wanted to mention him because his work opened my eyes to the possibilities of fiber arts and it might do the same for you all.
What are your best tips for beginners?
Just do it! Practice makes perfect, so keep at it and work on your technique. Don’t be afraid of taking on something larger than you think you can handle, because you will learn during the process and it will become easier as you go. You will also develop confidence and a sense of accomplishment by challenging yourself.
Remember that even though you can see all the imperfections in your work, others will not. Be proud of your work and its imperfections, you are a human being.
I know that there is a big concern about wasting materials especially when you are just starting and trying to learn. You might buy the cord that isn’t what you thought it would be, or you have too many leftovers/scraps and don’t know what to do with them all.
Well, guess what? There is always a way to use your scrap cord and as you learn you will be able to find the way to use the material that isn’t what you thought it was going to be too. As an advocate for macraweaves and weaving, I say, scraps are welcome and can be used in your projects as well as the materials that you don’t like to Macrame with.
Also, the very small shavings of the cotton cord can be collected and used to make cotton paper which you can appropriate for tags or handwritten notes.
There are a lot of resources available to you on this blog, so do your research. But if you can’t find what you are looking for, don’t be shy and ask your questions in our Macrame for Beginners Facebook Group. I and other teachers are there to help you out.
Where do you shop for your favorite Macrame supplies?
Here are a few of my favorite places to shop for Macrame and weaving supplies:
- Ganxxet offers excellent zero waste products and exceptional customer service. It’s a women-operated business, based in Florida, USA.
- Unfetteredco is also a women-operated business that sells amazing Macrame supplies, based in Canada.
- Right Rope is great for buying 100% cotton Macrame cord in bulk, based in Michigan, USA.
- Niroma Studio sells beautiful colorful Macrame cords, wool yarn, and silk ribbons, based in New Jersey, USA
Where can we find your amazing projects?
When I started with Macrame, I didn’t really think about selling it, but from the start, my friends loved my creations and wanted to buy them.
After I started running out of room in my home to hang my work, I decided to open my Etsy shop, thinking that if my friends liked my work, others might too.
I made my first sale within few days of opening my shop which was very encouraging. At this time I only sell my work on Etsy but will be adding some selected supplies soon as well and see how that goes.
Here are the latest tutorials that I posted on my channel. I’m working on more beautiful pieces so make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any of my new tutorials.
Macrame Weave Half Mandala by Fibers of Mine
Square Knot Variation by Fibers of Mine
Macrame Air Plant Hangers by Fibers of Mine
Alternative Dowel Attachment by Fibers of Mine
Aren’t these projects amazing!? Which one will you make first? We can’t wait to see your creations in our Macrame for Beginners Facebook Group!
Join the Macrame for Beginners Facebook Group!
When you’re just starting out with a new hobby, it can be very beneficial (and lots of fun) to connect with fellow beginners for tips and positive encouragement.
Therefore I’ve created the Macrame for Beginners Facebook Group: a safe place where you can learn new knots & patterns, ask all your questions, and share your latest creations with our lovely & positive Macrame community. Come and join us, we’re happy to help you out!
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