Discovering macramé and being inspired to learn is such an amazing feeling, but it can also be overwhelming when you actually sit down and try to figure out how to start. Today we’re sharing our top 5 tips for macramé beginners.
Start With Basic Knots
There are so many different knots which may seem confusing to learn if you’re new to the game. We suggest you start with a couple basic patterns and knots to get your technique down. A good first knot to learn is a simple square knot. This knot is the very basis of most of the macramé out there these days, and a wonderfully easy beginner knot to try. This knot is one that everyone learns in our workshops!
Attend A Workshop
Teaching yourself is fun, but if you have any in your area we suggest you attend a workshop. You get to connect with so many like minded people and even leave with not only your very own completed work of art, but also new friends! We are going on a full US workshop tour this summer where we will be teaching wall hanging, plant hangers, mobiles, chandeliers, head pieces and more! Check out our tour page to find a city near you.
Save Your Left Over Cord
While you’re learning you will may have a few try, and try agains. And getting the length of the cord JUST right can be your biggest obstacle. You never want to little cord since it can be complicated to add extra to your piece. We always suggest you err on at least 10% more than you think you will need, just to be safe.
In the new Modern Macramé book, we have a detailed step by step equation for how to determine how much rope you need for your macramé.
This is in mind, you might end up with extra cord at the end of your project! Not to worry! We recommend saving all of your left over cord. You can incorporate the used cord into future projects, and if you stay tuned, we are launching a very special FREE pattern in the next couple of weeks that is a fun way to reuse your scraps.
If you aren't able to meet us in person at a workshop, watching online tutorials is the second best thing. Often it’s easier to follow someone showing you the ropes (haha) as opposed to reading directions on a page. There are many YouTube tutorials out there, and stay tuned for another special announcement from us about this....in the meantime, Emily has some fun Online classes available on Creativebug! follow this link to get your 7 day Free Trial of ALL their classes. There are so many to choose from.
Expressing your creativity through Macramé is one of the best parts of the journey! Don’t be too hard on yourself. Let your creativity take the lead and you will end up with a unique and beautiful piece!
Be sure to share your work with us on Instagram! Do you have any tips that you want us to share? Please comment below and Happy Knotting!