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

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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.

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