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Macrame Introduction For Beginners - Macrame Lovers Blog

Macrame Introduction For Beginners

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Macrame Lovers! We are featuring a special blog series by  guest blogger Steve of Knot Just Knots. Steve is a macrame enthusiast, teacher and artist. His work can be found at his Etsy store (see link above) where you will many many wonderful, macrame pieces to keep you inspired. Here is Part 1: Introduction to Macrame.

Introduction to Macrame

Macrame is a craft by which many items may be created using simple knots. This goes far beyond the original concept which included projects such as plant hangers and owls. Through a series of blogs, I would like to introduce the knotting techniques, and start off with some easy projects which I will create for you. We will begin with an explanation of the supplies we will use and where they can be purchased.

There are several types of cord used in macrame. Natural cords include jute and hemp. There is a natural beauty to these cords, and they may be substituted in any of the projects I provide for you. My preference is to use only synthetic cord, which are made of herculon fiber. These cords are washable, and can also be brushed and heat fused. They are also fade proof.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cords are available in varying thickness ranging from .5 to 8mm basically, the larger the number the thicker the cord so 8mm is the thickest. We will also be using metal rings and beads. The easiest way to work a project is on a flat macrame board. The project is held in place using t-pins, which help with the spacing of knots in the patterns.

macrame beads, macrame rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hobby Lobby is a great place to pick up basic supplies. They carry a good selection of rings. They also have an adequate selection of beads. They carry synthetic cord in 2mm, 4mm, and 6mm which are the thicknesses I will be using. Macrame boards are available at amazon.com and the two sources I will list next. Pepperell Braiding and Kings Kountry are the two sources on line with the best selection. You can purchase cord in many colors, metal, Marbella, and bamboo rings, beads of all types and macrame boards. It is best to save these places for larger orders due to shipping costs.

macrame project board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my next blog segment, I will be demonstrating the square knot.

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yve May 28, 2011 at 6:07 am

does anyone know how to do this (Iam going to call it macrame)v shape design in this “how its made” video?Its about a little over 2 minutes into the video.thanks

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