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How to Macrame: Tools You'll Need to Get Started - Macrame Lovers Blog

How to Macrame: Tools You’ll Need to Get Started

by Macrame

This post is from the How to Macrame series for beginners. I’ve been getting questions from readers who wanted a list of the basic tools you’ll need to get started with macrame. Here you go…

The basic equipment and tools that you need to get started with macrame are few and simple:

  • Mounting cords
  • Rings to hold the mounting cords
  • Macrame board or project board
  • Pins, such as T-pins
  • Scissors
  • A measuring tape
  • Beads(optional depends on type of project)
  • Cording
  • Embroidery needle
  • Crochet hook

The Macrame board is the working surface that you use to hold your work securely.  You can purchase a Macrame board from a craft store.  If stores where you live don’t stock Macrame boards you can order one from this list of macrame suppliers from a previous post.

You’ll find T-pins (also known as “wig” pins) at a sewing and notions store.  You might also want to buy U-pins, which are great for holding heavy cords to the Macrame board.  You can purchase U-pins at stores that carry supplies for upholstery projects.

You’ll use the embroidery needle and crochet hook for those projects where you need to finish off a Macrame pattern with some fine detailing.  Instructions for this type of finishing will be included in each individual Macrame project. If you are a beginner, you’ll also want to check out this post: How to Macrame which is helpful for beginners.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrei Christian DC. Palo August 2, 2017 at 5:51 am

I just want to ask if where can we buy the Mounting cords for Macrame? I’ve check on our nearest School supplies store and A thread shop they do not have it.. Thank you for your kind consideration 🙂


Macrame August 4, 2017 at 10:47 am

Hi Andrei. Mounting cords, rods and rings are the terms used for the items that you can attach the vertical “knotting” cords to. So if you choose to use a cord for the horizontal mounting point, then you can typically use some standard macrame cord for this. Other popular options are to use a wood dowel rod or a ring, depending on the pattern you are creating. Note that when using a rod or ring, they will usually end up being a part of the finished project.


cruz September 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm

hello, thanks I found that this site had just what I was needing for beginning my class with 6th graders.


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