5 Ways to Improve Your Macrame Skills

Calling all new macrame artists!

First off, I'd like to thank you for visiting this page and taking the time to commit to learning something new. In this post, I want to point out some tips and tricks on how you can become a skilled macrame artist and utilize any skills you may already have. Let's get to it!!

Step One: Find Your Basic Materials

The first step in beginning a macrame project is finding materials that work for you. You can find good quality cord anywhere online for fairly cheap. There are also numerous companies that supply sustainably made materials to their buyers. As far as finding rings and dowels, any hardware store will have what you're looking for. You can also buy these items from most companies that sell cord and embroidery supplies. My personal favorite company is Ganxxet, an entirely eco-friendly brand with amazing quality supplies.

Step Two: Practice Practice Practice!

Repetition is key to learning how to create beautiful macrame pieces. It is important to practice knots and learn different patterns, and do them over and over again so that you can learn quick and efficient ways to weave that work for you. The first piece you make will not be perfect (mine definitely wasn't). However, with practice and time, you will learn both basic and complex knots and techniques.

Step Three: Don't Get Discouraged

Like I said before, your first macrame project will not be perfect, but if you stick to it and have faith in your work, your journey will be quicker and easier. Instead of focusing on what you did wrong, focus on the parts that are beautiful or have improved from the last time that you tried. Focusing on your improvement, big or small, will boost your motivation to improve in other areas, whereas focusing on where failed, will lead you to give up sooner or later. Stay positive and appreciate your improvement!

Step Four: Use Skills You Already Have

Almost any skill you have can be applied to art, macrame in specific. Having any artistic ability will help you catch on to how to create intricate macrame faster than you'd think. Even if you're not an artist, you can apply other skills. Patience is a key skill in making macrame and will help you learn how to create intricate pieces without rushing. For the artistically inclined, you can customize your macrame with your abilities. If you have experience making jewelry, try incorporating the macrame cord into your jewelry to get comfortable with the material before starting on larger projects. If you can sew or embroider, consider stitching designs or beading into your macrame work to customize it. Those of you who have dip-dyed or learned how to dye fabrics, you can color and ombré your cotton cord and strings. Almost any artistic quality can be applied to macrame and how you customize it.

Step Five: Use Upcycled Items

Remember that crystal you found at the thrift shop? Almost any small object can be incorporated into wall hangings and key chains. Shells, stones, broken glass, driftwood, yarn and fabric scraps, crystals, beads and charms from old jewelry, and so many other goods can be added into your artwork. For hanging platforms or shelves, you can find good-sized pieces of high quality wood in the lumber scraps of almost any hardware store for free or a very low cost. Here at Macrame By Amy, we try to use only recycled or upcycled materials to make what we make. So take a look around your room or garage before you go out to buy fun accessories, as you probably have some collecting dust in a drawer!

Thank you so much for taking a look at this post, there will be more coming soon! Much love!

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