11 Macrame Projects for Beginners

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Get Started in Macrame includes 11 Macrame Projects for Beginners. You will learn how to make wall hangings, bags, hanging baskets and more, using the 7 different Macrame Knots explained in this book.

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Title: Get Started in Macrame
Kristi Simpson
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., August 1, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-4647-76970-2

Get Started in Macrame

I have never tried Macrame before. I really want to and I have admired the beautiful knots that are used to make Macrame projects but I have never set aside time to learn this new skill.

I decided that this book would be a great place for me to start.

When you first open this book, be sure to turn to page 29 and read the General Instructions section. It includes the basic supplies you need, the terms that are used and the different knots you will need to tie for the projects. The knots section includes diagrams and written instructions.

Macrame Knots Used for these Projects

  • Diagonal Clove Hitch
  • Horizontal Clove Hitch
  • Lark’s Head Knot
  • Overhand Knot
  • Square Knot
  • Half Square Knot
  • Wrapped Knot

After you have reviewed the information, pick your Macrame Project! There are 11 different beginner Macrame projects to choose from.

11 Macrame Projects for Beginners

  • Key Chain. Supplies: Cotton Cording & 1 inch diameter split-ring key ring
  • Rug. Supplies: 4 mm braided macrame craft cord and painter’s tape. Finished Size: 18 inches X 18 inches.
  • Pillow. Supplies: Super Bulky Yarn [6] and 14 inch square pillow. Finished Size: 14 inch square
  • Hanging Baskets. Supplies: Super Bulky Yarn [6], natural colored wood embroidery hoops (8 inch and 10 inch diameter), large eye needle and craft glue. Finished Size: 10 inch diameter and 23 inches long.
  • Table Runner. Supplies: Super Bulky Yarn [6] and painter’s tape. Finished Size: 10 inches X 30 inches (excluding fringe).
  • Window Valance. Supplies: 100% Cotton (4-ply) Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a cafe-style curtain rod for your desired window. Finished Size: 32 inches wide.
  • Flip-Flops. Supplies: 100% Cotton (4-ply) Medium Weight Yarn [4], flip flops (straps removed), hot glue gun and glue sticks (or fabric glue). 
  • Wall Hanging. Supplies: Super Bulky Yarn [6] and a 27 inch long branch (half inch to an inch diameter). Finished Size: 18 inches wide and 36 inches long.
  • Tote Bag. Supplies: 2 mm braided Macrame craft cord, craft glue and a large eye needle. Finished Size: 10 inches deep X 12.5 inches wide.
  • Necklace. Supplies: Cotton braiding cord and a 17.5 inch wire necklace. 
  • Chandelier. Supplies: Super Bulky Yarn [6] and natural colored wood embroidery hoops (10 inch and 12 inch diameter).  Finished Size: 12 inches diameter X 50 inches long

More images are available here.

Fibers Used to Make these Macrame Projects

  • Hemp
  • Cotton Cording
  • Super Bulky Acrylic Yarn [6]

My Favorite Designs

My favorite designs are the Window Valance, the Key Chain, the Necklace and the Hanging Baskets.

Which one is your favorite?

I really think it would be fun to try Macrame and this book is a good place to start. The beginner projects seem to be well explained and the General Instructions include detailed knot tying instructions and diagrams. I do wish there was a step-by-step photo tutorial, or a video tutorial linked, to demonstrate how to make one of the projects from start to finish. All the information is provided in the book though so you can, with a little time and patience work through the instructions to make your chosen project. If you have never tried Macrame before either, I think the best place to begin is the very first pattern in the book (the keychain), the necklace, or the Hanging Baskets.

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  1. I want to learn this craft also. I did a tiny bit in Jr. High, decades ago.

  2. I haven’t done macrame for many years, but really want to make some wall hangings. I also like the key chain in her book. Must try that also!

  3. Thank you. I haven’t done macrame since I was a kid, and I’d like to get into it again.

  4. I am very interested in Macrame and I hope to find the time to do a few projects after the holidays are over.

  5. HAPPY CROCHET! – 13 ADORABLE PROJECTS IN BRIGHT COLORS would be a lovely book to review.

  6. Back in my younger years I dabbled in macrame. I found some of it within the last few years but the yarn turned bad. I have no patterns for macrame any more but I would love to dabble in this again. Thank
    you for your review. You’ve inspired me to maybe get back into this.

  7. I would so much love to learn better macrame practices and how to do macrame with different fibers. This beginner book is just what I need to increase my knowledge. Another of the books that I like is QUILTED WALL HANGINGS – 11 UNIQUE PROJECTS FOR QUILT LOVERS. I have just recently started quilting and I think this also would be very beneficial.