I guess it’s been about a month since I started my addiction to macrame. In that time, I have managed to complete three wall hangings. I wanted to share them with you and see what you think.
I did all the workings free-handed and I don’t have any patterns to share since I’m learning as I go. Also, when I started pricing cotton cording specific for macrame I almost fell over at the cost. I did order a small amount to work with on my second wall hanging, but material costs have pushed me to look for other mediums for projects. I’ll give my reviews on the materials as I work with them.
So….what I have learned so far about macrame is that there are only a few basic knots to learn and once you master tying knots and how they come together it’s easy working from there. You will need something to attach your macrame work on (in my case it is driftwood), you will need your chosen cordage and plan for about triple the amount of your completed piece size; and finally….bring your creativity. You can add beads, cuffs, feathers, paper cutouts and more!
Alright, let me show you what I’ve made so far:
The first one is a double patterned hanging. I used nontraditional cording for both sides of the work and I share it with mixed reviews. I like how cotton clothesline knots straight and clean, but I don’t like the way the bottoms fray when the piece is cut.
The darker side was made using cotton thread I have used for some crochet projects. I like the way the material holds together and there is no fraying on the ends. The way I finished the ending knots has created a clumping of cords at the base of the piece, so I don’t love that either.
I guess for this piece my favorite part of it is the beautiful driftwood I used to hold the pieces together. One of the perks of living by the Delaware River…..lots of free driftwood to work with 🙂
My second wall hanging is by far my favorite. I found this wonderful piece of dark red driftwood with amazing ends on it. I saved it specifically for working with true cotton cording for macrame.
This piece was made using 100 yards of 3mm natural cotton cord. It was about $20 for the cord with shipping. It didn’t take too much time to put together either. I really do love this piece. I found a vendor on Amazon that sells the cording from 1mm-6mm in large spools, so when I begin working on larger projects, I can order the cording in any size I need. I didn’t do a lot of price comparisons, so I would encourage you to shop around if you are thinking about starting macrame projects of your own.
Just look how lovely the piece is:
I just love the ends of this driftwood branch! I also love the color. It’s not every trip I find driftwood with this color….I wish I did though.
Alright, the third wall hanging I made is for candles or even as another planter/sprout jar. I wanted to work with jute cording since I can get my hands on it with out having to wait for shipping. I’ll show you first and then tell you about it.
So, I thought jute would be painful to work with since the cording has a rough texture to it, but that wasn’t an issue. The cording works up very nice. It holds a great knot that looks thick and beautiful. The piece is sturdy and I can’t wait to put some tea lights in it and light up the porch when the weather gets warmer.
I could see making more jute corded projects, but they will all be for outside. I don’t know if it was just this brand of jute I worked with or if I can expect all of them to have a putrid petroleum smell. It was awful…..made me sick to my stomach. I turned on the fan in the room and it helped, but it was still pretty disgusting. After I hung it up and took photos, I hurried it out to the porch where three days later it still smells…….a lot.
So, I hope you found the post inspirational and informative. I am still searching for some wonderful cord options to work with over the next month. I ordered a bulk supply of rat tail cording in a variety of colors. I didn’t have any real project in mind, but I hope to find some creative uses for it once I arrives.
If you are working with macrame in any form, I would love to hear your stories of success and failure in your pieces and in your choices of material. I will be posting more creations this month, so if you aren’t subscribed, click the follow button and make sure you don’t miss a single post.