Macrame is a trend currently taking textile experts and novices by storm.
Like any other skill, art form, or hobby… it’ll take time to master! (but that’s the fun part)
If you haven’t opened up your box, go for it 🙂 You’ll find the following items:
Lots & Lots of Jute
Jute is a type of rope that is made of vegetable fibers. Because hobbyists are pretty curious.. of course I’ll explain further! The specific fiber is that of an Old World genus of plant: Malvaceae. Some of the more popular species of plants within this genus are Okra, Hibiscus, and Baobab. For our benefit, these fibers create a very coarse and strong material perfect for weaving, matting, and MACRAME!
Like any type of rope or thread, there are different weights/thicknesses of jute and this is referred to as PLY. In your kit, spool is 2-PLY and the skeins are 5-PLY. As thickness increases, so does the number.
WHAT ELSE YOU’LL NEED TO GET STARTED
Scissors, ruler, and a project idea.
Once you’ve collected your supplies and are ready to get started, we think it’s helpful to look at each project like a recipe.
Whether you decide to make a tapestry, a plant hanger, or something else… it’s easiest to break it down into small manageable steps. Each DIY video or blog about macrame will present a project in a different format so remember to just take it slow and even keep notes!
We’re lucky to be here in 2018 with access to a treasure trove of free information via YouTube and Pinterest. Video tutorials are hands down THE BEST way to learn macrame. Below is a Pinterest board filled with entry level macrame projects that you can do with the materials in your kit.
If you’re ready to hop right into a project, now is the time! Do it!
But if you want to practice a bit before beginning… we’re right with you. Remember the white fabric? Its purpose is for practice. The fabric is easy to manipulate and much more forgiving if you mis-tie a knot.
Take your fabric and cut it into strips (whatever thickness you desire)
Attach the strips to something (dowel rod works perfect) and try out some knots!
Practice the 4 basic knots of macrame:
Once you’ve mastered, you can complete just about any project. We took a stab at the following project:
We chose to use a piece of foraged wood rather than a dowel for this one… and this is how it turned out!
Note: We used the 2-PLY spool and still have this much jute left over. 🙂
We also went ahead and painted our planter white and added a succulent.
What do you think? The person who made this was a 100% beginner… so if they can do it, SO CAN YOU.
Tag #newhobbybox and show us what you create… and of course, if you have any questions, please drop a line below.
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