Having an idea of what you want to do for your next macrame project can be a daunting task. You might have to flip through hundreds of images on Pinterest or search the endless stack of websites on Google to find the perfect project.
Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t do some research to get some ideas, but I can tell you from my own experience that most macrame projects you’ll find will be the basic, beginner-friendly kind of projects ;; This is perfectly fine if you’re just a beginner.
But since you’re here and reading this blog article, you’re probably looking for something more than a simple two-node macrame plant holder.
Well, good news, because today I’m going to go through 9 ideas for medium / advanced macrame projects, hopefully to help you create your own or get inspired. These are advanced and advanced macramé projects that I have recently created and they may consist of macrame designs that you may not have seen before.
If you are new to macrame, I strongly recommend that you first read my “8 beginner-friendly macrame project ideas” before proceeding with these advanced projects. If you are a high performer and want to challenge yourself, I always encourage everyone to go ahead and try it out!
You may be wondering what a beginner, intermediate or advanced macramé project is all about.
Let me help you answer this question. In my opinion, projects differ in difficulty based on a few criteria. From my personal experience, the difficulty level for a project results from four questions I ask myself.
The questions are:
- How many types of nodes are used for this particular project?
- Does it require the use of any other accessories and supplies?
- How large is the project?
- How unique and complicated is the design of this project?
How many types of nodes are used? When I ask this question, I can generally predict whether the project will be based more on the beginner or advanced spectrum. If the project requires the use of 2 or 3 nodes and your basic nodes are your basic nodes, I would generally classify the project as beginner.
Projects that require you to use 4, 5, or even more than 6 nodes, and nodes you haven’t heard of are more likely to be advanced. This does not mean that you cannot create advanced macramé projects with your 3 basic macrame nodes (Lark’s Head, Square Knot and Clove Hitch).
With these nodes you can definitely create patterns that are very complex. Question number 4 determines the complexity of the pattern. As a general guideline, the fewer nodes, the simpler.
Does the project contain other accessories or supplies? What other supplies do you need besides your main macramé consumables such as rope, scissors, tape measure and wooden rings and plugs?
If you need to add various accessories to a project, such as beads or sequins, you may find it difficult to search for these specific materials, and you may face some challenges when trying to tie, weave, sew, or glue these other accessories on properly. The more materials you use, the more difficult the project can be.
The size of a project also depends directly on how difficult the project will be. You can make a small project thinner is usually easier. The thinner the line you use, the more knots you will need to tie. Using a thin string to create macrame projects can be difficult because it is harder to untie the knots and run them again.
Depending on the size of a macrame wall hanging, it can be difficult to make it. For a project like a honeymoon, it is not only time consuming, but can also be difficult to put together. In general, the best and easiest size from which to learn macramé is to use a 3-5 mm cable to make a small to medium sized wall hanging or plant holder.
In the end, the difficulty of the project will strongly depend on how complicated the pattern is and how unique the design is, which leads me to my last question.
How unique is the design for this particular project? Is the pattern common and easy to recognize? Can it be recreated simply by viewing it? Does it use many different layers? Does it use certain nodes that I am not familiar with? All these questions go through my mind to determine the difficulty of a project and a general idea of the level of experience required.
As I mentioned before, I will go through 9 advanced macramé projects I have created. Each of the projects will deal with the challenges I have faced and that you too should be careful if you decide to participate and try it. I will also provide you with the materials and resources you need, along with a video tutorial to watch and follow.
When you are ready, we will start!
First we start with a fashionable headband. I made this project at the beginning of summer 2019 to wear it to a music festival. I have always loved the boho-chic look and what better way to develop my own sense of style than to make my own macrame headband.
These macramé headbands have become very popular in the music festival scene, especially in the hip and trendy boho chic fashion community. I never went to the music festival, but not everything was lost, as I wore it all summer long, as it was the perfect accessory for any outfit.
To the naked eye, this project may be pretty easy to create, but the complexity of this project arises when you have to create the heartbeat pattern. This is an example where only two knots are used, but the pattern itself is not simple. The more you practice different ways of using a node and what patterns can be created from it, the further you will improve your macramé skills.
This project will probably take about an hour. Depending on your skills and experience, the time will vary. To begin this project, you will need the following materials.
Required macramé materials:
- 3mm or 4mm cotton cord
- Elastic headband
- Thread and needle
Length of the cords:
- 2 x 300 cm
- 1 x 150 cm
If you like Boho chic like me, this is a great macramé interim project to start with. To avoid problems or mishaps, I would advise you to take your time and drive slowly when sewing the elastic headband to the pattern. Have fun!