How to Macrame - Get Started with Knotting at Ellame Designs

Through the art of macrame, you can create nearly anything! This isn't like knitting, this all about knotting! Once you master the first few basic knots, you can create stunning macramé pieces to brighten up your home.

The first thing you will need is rope, a dowel and a couple of 'S' Hooks. You can purchase S Hooks from my online shop (you should only need two if you're working on a wall hanging). Dowels are easy to purchase and you can buy them in most home and garden stores such as B&Q (in the UK). Lastly, and most importantly, you will need macrame rope!

Macrame rope can be purchased from Amazon, Ebay and Etsy (go to Etsy if you are looking for a better quality rope). If you search for macrame rope in your area you may be able to support a local artist like me! I currently offer black and tropical blue rope on my site but will be stocking more in the future.

Learn the Basic Knots

Now you might find it difficult getting the tension right at first, but trust me, once you can master these babies, the world is your macrame oyster. Follow the tutorials below to master the basic knots and when you're ready, pick a project and see what you can do!

The Reverse Lark's Head Knot

How to Tie a Square Knot

How to Tie an Alternating Square Knot

When you've learnt the basics, you want move on to create something simple. If you want to learn how to make a macrame plant hanger or how to make a macrame wall hanging, I offer both a mini wall hanging and plant hanger kit on my site. Both come with all the instructions you need to get going and get knotting. These include the instructions and materials such as dowels, rope or wooden hoops dependent on the project.

Macrame Plant Hanger Kit

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Macrame Small Wall Hanging Kit
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When you have mastered a couple of basic projects, my advice would be to move on to creating slightly larger wall hangings which require a little more accuracy. These won't take you long to master and the patterns themselves are super simple, so you will pick them up very easily. To master macrame patterns, such as macrame wall hanging patterns, you will follow a set of steps where the cords change as you go along. Don't worry, its simple and all the instructions are available within each pattern. Here's one to get you started!

Macrame DIY Pattern- Three Arrows

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and if that's not enough for you, how about getting started with a bit of everything!? With the Ultimate Macrame for Beginners Kit, you will receive 200m of a rope colour of your choice, wooden dowels, 'S' Hooks, Beads, Two macrame beginners instruction kits, treats and two wooden hoops. For those new to macrame, this will be just what you need to get on your way in the knotting world!

Ultimate Macrame for Beginners Kit

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