Macrame Knots – 10 Tips For Beginners

by Macrame

If you are a newbie or beginner to the craft of macrame, here are some basic tips to help you avoid mistakes and be up and running in your new pursuit. Knotting is the key to macrame, but before you get going, here are some tips that will save you time and frustration when you are just starting to learn.

  1. Learn the basic knots with hemp cord, as it is easy to work with and easy to undo knots.
  2. Once you have the basic macrame knots down, use nylon cording for your initial jewelry projects, rather than silk. It’s much easier to remove knotting mistakes.
  3. Singeing the ends only works with nylon cording.
  4. Make a simple project board to use as your work area. It’s easy to make, and can go anywhere, making your project very portable. It should be thick enough that pins won’t go through, and could be a padded clipboard, corkboard, or even a piece of polyurethane foam.
  5. Always double check that the cord you plan to use fits through the bead holes (before you start!)
  6. To keep the ends from fraying, tie a knot at the end of the cord.
  7. You can use clear nail polish on the ends of the cords to keep them from fraying as well, and this also stiffens the ends, making it easier to string those tiny seed beads. You can also use a “no fray” liquid found in fabric stores to do the same job.
  8. Save leftover bits of cording to practice new knots with.
  9. The key to a polished look for your piece is uniform knotting. Practice makes perfect!
  10. If you don’t have any t pins on hand, use corsage pins to secure your work. If using leather cording, make an x with two pins to secure the cord in place so as not to puncture the cord. Place the pins on either side of the cord crossing in a diagonal manner, like an X to secure the cord in place.

If you are looking for Macrame Instructions, I cannot reccomend this book highly enough. It is filled with step by step instructions, a reference guide to macrame knots, tips and tricks, macrame patterns and tons of photos to inspire you and get you started on macrame in no time at all:

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MaryGail April 22, 2010 at 4:37 am

HI ! wish there were macrame classes around here in my town Logansport , Indiana ! But I am so glad there is macrame blog now and and happy to be able to learn macrame again . My great uncle is Veteran macrame lover and loved to watch him make crafts and things I missed him he taught me few things but never got to learn all the knots and patterns he knows . and I still miss him .

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Macrame April 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

Thank you for your comment, Mary Gail. Keep on reading. More patterns and how-to articles are coming up!

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DIANE WALSH May 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm

MY SON GAVE ME A MACRAME SWING FOR MY BIRTHDAY YEARS AGO. HOWEVER A SQUIRREL GOT A HOLD OF IT. I CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO FIX IT OR WHERE I CAN BUY ROPE TO MATCH IT. I SURE HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME.. THANK YOU, DIANE WALSH OF FITCHBURG, MA.

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Granny22 August 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Has anyone ever made a replacement seat for a lawn chair using macramé? We’ve never done this before but have a few metal framed lawn chairs that need to be reupholstered. I was looking at them one day and thought it would be a nice project….replacing the seat and back with macramé. Just want to know if it is possible before we get too far into this!

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