As a beginner Macrame Artist myself, I felt that I could give a good and very basic list of needed items for beginners. 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.
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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.
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 have a fringe look. It would be best for more minimalist looking projects.
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.
Gold Hoops are very inexpensive at Joann’s, 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.
Rings – Great for giving products a professional look as well as making hanging a breeze for the buyer.
Steamer – Right now I use my regular iron to steam block my products. That can be a little awkward with wall hangings.
What are some of your favorite must haves for macrame projects let me know in the comments. Happy Knotting 🙂