As with everything in life, there are an endless number of ways to learn a new skill or craft. I’m not going to claim to be an expert on macrame. I’m actually a complete newbie. From one novice to another, I will simply guide you through my personal journey to show you a way to do it.
I will provide you with all the resources you need to find your own way to learn the fun art of macramé. The cool thing is that you don’t have to be an expert to create absolutely beautiful decorations for your home. Frankly, it looks a lot more difficult than it is. So, let’s get down to business.
Practice how to make macrame
Why should you practice first? Like almost everything, this project will cost you a little. How much will it cost? Well, my first “real” project cost me around $ 30 for the macrame rope (or macrame string, as it is sometimes called) and a few dollars for the wooden dowel.
In addition, you cannot walk into the hobby lobby or to Michael and buy the macrame rope or the macrame cord. You will have to order it (more on that later). So if you are like me and want to start a project the day you finally say, “I want to start”, I suggest starting with a practice project.
I ran down to the hobby lobby and got some cotton cord and a small wooden dowel.
Macrame practice project
Reasons why I recommend a small “practice” project:
- It fills the time gap while you wait for your macrame rope.
- This gives you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the different macrame ropes, their names and their design.
- At the end of your exercise project, you will either be very happy and totally excited to get bigger, or you will find that this is simply not for you.
- The completion of this practice project gives you the confidence to invest your time and money to take the next step to your first “real” macrame project.
The next one: which macrame project should I do?
Decide which project you want to do. View the photos of macrame online. You can search Etsy, Pinterest, and Google. Research to see what is out there.
What types of macrame projects can I do? Start small.
- Plant holder
- Jewelry including necklaces or bracelets with goiter ribbons
- wall hanging
Larger projects include:
- Table runner
- Hammock (save a big project like this for later)
- Garland or flag cloth
- Decide on the project type. Wall hangings and plant holders are the two popular entry-level projects.
- Where should it go? This will help you determine what size you want to make.
- Find a style that appeals to you. Rather free and organic or symmetrical with clear lines and slightly defined patterns?