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.
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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. Just here is a bit of information on each of the three basic types of rope to help you decide what will work best for your project.
Single Twist Cotton Rope
A single twist yarn will typically be the softest and easiest on your hands. Working with rope can be painful on your fingers after while. You'll find this rope helps give some relief to your fingers and hands. This is especially true if your design requires tight knot work.
If your design has a brushed out fringe look you're gonna wanna go with a single twist rope as well. because it is the easiest to brush out. Brushing rope out can be time consuming choosing a single twist can save you a bit there. It is also easier to steam this rope if you want a perfect straight fringe.
3 Ply Rope
3 ply rope is the work horse of rope making it great for plant hangers 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 some 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! They are so very sharp and give a perfect cut!
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 on Amazon as well. However, many crafts stores are beginning to carry these as well.
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 branch still while I tie my knots. I would recommend a gentle clean release painters tape that won't mess up any painted walls.
Try a wire brush or a small tooth comb for gently brushing out fringe.
What are some of your favorite must haves for macrame projects let me know in the comments.
Happy Knotting! :)