As a beginner Macrame Artist myself, I felt that I could give a good and very basic list of Beginner Macrame Must Haves. I will add to the list as time goes on I’m sure. This is a beginner list that will allow you to make a variety of projects with minimal upfront costs.
Beginner Macrame Must Haves
Of course you’ll need rope of some kind. Honestly, one of the hardest choices I have had to make so far I think is, what type of rope do I use for certain projects. So just some basics to get you started would be the following 3 basic types.
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Single Twist Cotton Rope
I really like this single twist 4mm Cotton Rope. It wasn’t too expensive and I was able to complete an entire wall hanging with it. This rope was also very easy to brush out into fringe.
3 Ply Rope
3 ply rope is great for heavy duty projects like hanging plants and rugs. It can also give a great crinkle look to your projects when it is untwisted. Some 3 ply rope can easily be brushed out into a beautiful fringe, however so are more tightly twisted making them heavy duty and not really made to be brushed.
Braided rope will give your project a unique look, while also being very sturdy. With this rope you won’t want to plan to use it to make an unraveled fringe. I prefer it for more minimalist designs.
A good pair of sharp scissors can be so handy for all macrame projects. I tried to use the same scissors I do for crochet and they just didn’t work well. They keep needing to be sharpened and were way to small for cutting a nice straight line of fringe. I recently bought these Fiskers Scissors and they are amazing! I love that they are at a different angle, it really helps for cutting the fringe on the table.
Branch or Hoop
For many of my wall hangings, I have used branches from our yard. We have cleaned them up, let them dry out and then sanded them down. In some cases we have even used Linseed Oil to help protect the branch and to add a little bit of coloring.
Gold Hoops are very inexpensive at Joann Fabrics, especially with their weekly coupon. You can find a variety of sizes also.
As a Beginner Macrame Artist it can be a little of out of our budget to purchase clothing racks and s-hooks, or make stands to hold our pieces while working on them. What I have found that works for me on a budget is hanging my piece on a nail and then using painters tape to help hold the piece still while I tie my knots on the branch. I would recommend a gentle clean release painters tape that won’t mess up any painted walls.
Try a wire pet brush (not used on your pet of course) or a small tooth comb for gently brushing out fringe.
My Macrame Wish List
Of course there are some items I’m saving for and I thought I would share those with you too.
**Update** I have purchased this clothing rack for working on projects and taking to markets. It’s very inexpensive has a couple of shelves to add extra items and it extremely lightweight. I keep it up in my studio space all the time and it holds my printer (It’s heavy I have this brother printer and it’s great for printing shipping labels) and my shipping supplies.
Great for giving products a professional look as well as making hanging a breeze for the buyer.
**Update** I have purchased both of these types of rings and they are so great!! The metal rings are very sturdy and are perfect for plant hangers. I use the wooden rings to make the centers of my snowflakes.
Right now I use my regular iron to steam block my products. That can be a little awkward with wall hangings.
**Update** I did purchase this steamer and it is oh so amazing!! I make macrame earrings now and this steamer can sit on my desk while I get all of the fringe straighten. It heats quickly and puts out a lot of steam right away.
What are some of your favorite must haves for macrame projects let me know in the comments. Happy Knotting 🙂