In 2016, when I started learning macrame I couldn't find all the information on how to begin this craft in one place.
I had to waste a lot of time looking for good quality tutorials, videos, and books. Even then it was frustrating having to jump from one medium to the other. I made it my mission to share my macrame knowledge in a simple and easy way.
You are new to macrame, so where do you start?
Welcome to the World of Macrame
"Isabella’s flexible approach, infectious enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge makes you really push your creativity and helps you to think outside the box. I left with 4 amazing projects and really challenged my skill set. I am now much more confident in creating my own advanced projects and feel ready to take my macrame knowledge up a notch or two!"
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Unless you are making a large piece of macrame, you don't really need much: a wooden dowel or ring to hang the strings for the macrame, a measuring tape, sharp scissors and masking tape to fix the macrame on a flat surface while you are working.
'S' hooks are very useful to hang your wooden dowl/ring at the back of a chair, top of a door/ cupboard door, or architrave. Using a clothes rail is ideal. You can hang your ‘S’ hooks and macrame pieces and the rail becomes your macrame working station. You won't have to move or transfer your macrame while it’s still WIP.
Welcome to the World of Macrame
Next, you need to purchase the material. You can find the list of my recommended suppliers here. I recommend 100% recycled cotton strings. There are 2 types: 3-ply and single twist. For beginners, I usually recommend 3-ply as the string is more durable and you can undo and redo knots without damaging it. Once you feel confident with your basic knots, you can try the single twist, which is softer.
Next, you want to practice the basic macrame knots, you can find the tutorials here. Then start practicing your knots by downloading "A FREE Guide to Macrame" here or trying these popular free tutorials here.
Finally, if you want to take your macrame skills to the next level. You can check my workshops here or join my most popular online course for beginners ‘Become a confident macrame artist’ here.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me.
Here you'll find the essential macrame knots tutorial, practice them with some spare string or yarn until you are happy with the tension and consistency of the knots.
"Isabella was a wonderful macrame teacher. She is so friendly and passionate about her craft. Communication with her was so easy to set up a workshop at my home with friends and we had a wonderful evening creating wreaths. Thank you."
Let's be more environmentally friendly as makers, artists & crafters!
Here I am sharing the suppliers I know that are using 100% recycled cotton or made from waste cotton to make macrame strings, cord and rope.
Since 2019 I made the decision to work with 100% recycled cotton or made from waste strings and ropes. If you know of any other suppliers that sell recycled cotton string, please share their contact with me and I’ll add them on here.
Cotton and Cord
The Joyful Studio
Post Macrame Studio