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Macramé, an ancient art of knotting, is a rewarding hobby that allows you to create beautiful and functional pieces from simple cords. It promotes mindfulness, and creativity, and can be started with minimal supplies. Begin with a starter kit and follow online tutorials or books to master basic knots and patterns.

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Macramé is not made by knitting or weaving. It is a type of knotting.


Basic lingo for orientation.

  • Macrame String: A super soft, single-twist string commonly made from cotton.
  • Macrame Rope: Typically 3 cotton strands twisted around each other. It’s sturdier than string and not nearly as soft.
  • Macrame Cord: Usually 6 strands braided together. It can be cotton or made from polypropylene (plastic).
  • LHK (Lark’s Head Knot): Used to attach a rope to your project.
  • RLHK (Reverse Lark’s Head Knot): The same as LHK but in reverse.
  • HSK (Half Square Knot): The left side of a square knot.
  • RHSK (Right Half Square Knot): The opposite of the HSK.
  • SK (Square Knot): A half square and a half square knot together make a complete square knot.
  • Sinnet: A chain, or column, of identical knots, made one after the other.
  • Lead Cord: The cord that remains stationary as knots are tied around it.
  • Working Cord: The cord that is used to tie knots, sometimes over other stationary cords known as lead cords.

How to start macramé as a hobby

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Macramé can also incorporate beads, pendants, shells, or other decorative elements.


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Macramé can be used to make a variety of items, such as jewelry, accessories, clothing, home furnishings, and plant hangers.


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Is Macramé Easy to Learn?

Most macramé is made up of the same few knots repeated over and over to create decorative patterns. So once you have mastered the basic knots, most patterns are just these in different combinations.

What cord or string do I need to make macramé?

ou can use pretty much anything to macramé with! But there are specific macramé strings, cords, and ropes that are generally used. Macramé cords usually fall into one of these categories: string, rope, and cord.

What can I make with macramé?

Once you know the basic knots, you can create anything your heart desires: wall hangings, plant hangers, bags, Christmas decorations, earrings, keychains, and more.

Do I need any special tools to start macramé?

You don’t need anything but Macrame cords to get started.


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Macramé has a long and diverse history, dating back to ancient Babylonian and Assyrian cultures. It was later adopted by Arab weavers, Moorish conquerors, European sailors, and Victorian ladies. It experienced a revival in the 1970s and again in the 21st century.


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Materials: Macramé can be made with various types of cords, such as cotton, linen, hemp, jute, leather, or yarn.


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