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Macramé for Beginners - The Complete Guide

Macramé DIY for Beginners

Macramé is a millennia-old oriental knot art that has already experienced various high phases, but has also gone unnoticed for many years. Thanks to a globalized worlddevelopedHowever, art has become a worldwide DIY phenomenon for several years. In addition to the almost infinite variety of knots, techniques and designs, the craft technique also enjoys great popularity for its therapeutic and meditative aspects. Whether flower lights, wall hangers, clothing or accessories, the usability of this craft is almost infinite. If you are curious to learn more about the history of macramé, I recommend this Blogartikel to read.


Finding the right rope

Especially if you are a beginner, the sheer selection of yarns and ropes may overwhelm you a little. Which yarn thickness is the right one depends mainly on what you want to make of it.


How do I determine the yarn thickness?

For very filigree works such as jewelry or key rings, macramé yarn is available2mm2,5mmor a yarn thickness of3mm an. For a macramé curtain for doors and windows, I also recommend a lightYarn in 2,5mmStrength, as it is easier to "run through" or you can also see through it than with stronger yarn.Macramé yarn in4mmStrength has a standard thickness that is suitable for a variety of projects, and is therefore ideal for beginners. For example, wall hangers, flower lights, coasters, dream catchers, or bags can be knotted with them.This is the perfect blend of fine and stronger yarn which is ideal for training is suitable because it is pleasant to process, but also easy to loosen if you have knotted (which is part of macramé! ;).Doch auch Macramé yarn in5mmis a good choice for this. You can also use this wonderfully for larger projects.  




What is the difference between twisted and twisted rope?

The difference between twisted rope and single strand cord is mainly that the twisted rope consists of several layers of yarn and the twisted rope consists only of one layer of yarn. This is referred to as 2-ply, 3-ply, 4-ply, etc. Rope, this has the quality that it has a higher breaking load, which is of particular interest in projects such as flower lights, whose contents weigh several kilos.

Here you will find an overview of all turned ropes in the shop.

The tangled yarn is particularly suitable for combing out, and is therefore particularly popular in the production of wall hangings. Both variants are suitable for beginners and are independent of severity.

Here you will find all the tangled ropes in the shop.

Calculate the correct rope length

Exactly how many meters you need for your project is not so easy to define. The required length depends on various factors, e.B yarn thickness or rope thickness, type of knots, density of knots or strength of your knots are decisive for the required yarn length for your macramé project. With a rough rule of thumb, however, you can always calculate: 

Calculate the correct rope length with the rule of thumb

As a rule of thumb, you can remember, always at least approx. 4-6 to use as much rope as the desired end result should be long. It is best to think about which yarn thickness, knot type and density you plan to use. If you want to have many knots and knotted in close succession, plan your yarn rather generously. Nothing is more annoying than having to open the project again after hours of knotting because you have not included enough rope. Initially, it is generally recommended to calculate more generously, over time you gain a better understanding of how to estimate the length.


1. Example: A wall trailer of 1.40m length knotted from 4mm rope:

If you want to knot a macramé wall hanging with 4mm thick yarn or rope (whether twisted, braided or twisted), and your wall hanger should be 1.40m long, you should plan at least 7m long ropes for this design (7m/1.40m = 5). As soon as the rope on the wooden stick or branch with a Lerchenkopf is attached, the rope is already halved once. So you start with strings of 3.50m. Now you have enough rope (2.10m) to link a pattern of your choice. How far you get with it, you can see in the course of knotting. A macramé wall hanging does not always have to be "knotted" from top to bottom: unknotted areas often create a welcome boundary to a new pattern, and give already existing patterns "space to breathe". Here is the exciting challenge of playfully using the existing rope in such a way that you are satisfied with the result.

2. Beispiel: Eine Blumenampel von 1,30m Länge aus 2,5mm Seil geknüpft:

If you want to tie a flower light of 1.30m length from 2.5mm thick rope, we recommend you to start with 4m long ropes. As soon as the ropes are hung on the wooden ring or metal ring, you have 2m long cords to the knot. With a classically knotted flower traffic light, you start knotting the upper part, and after about 10-20cm knots you change the rollers of the ropes (The previous work strand becomes the carrier strand and vice versa). Now knot the next element until all the ropes have reached the same length again before knotting the basket part.


How do I start a wall hanging?

To hang on the branch or wooden stick you use theLark head (also called anchor stitch)):


Learn Macramé Knots

You are still a fresh beginner: in terms of macramé and would like to acquire the basic knots first? Then my YouTube Channel just right for you! Here you can find e.B. the Weberknotenthe Berry Knotthe Double Half Stroke etc. sowie verschiedene Techniken diese Knoten auf beliebige Muster anzuwenden. So kann man z.B. mit dem Double Half Stroke ein dekoratives Diamantenmuster knot or knotted with each other to a beautiful close-meshed pattern manufacture. The Vertical Double Half Stroke is particularly suitable for macramé wall hangings. Here the working ropes are added from the outside and you can playfully experiment with other colors.

Geometric shapes knot

Geometric shapesare super easy to design and can be practically integrated into a macramé wall hanging, curtain or door hanging. All you need is theWeberknoten (also called cross node):


Tutorial für geometrische Formen anhand des Kreuzknotens


Makramee Wandbehang selber knoten - Anleitung von California Dreaming
 Macramé wall hanging with geometric patterns of 2.5mm rope in nature


Makramee Vorhänge hergestellt von Dörte Bundt für Lovely Day Botanicals
  Macramé curtains with geometric patterns made of 2,5mm Recycling-Baumwollseil- manufactured by Dörte Bundt for Lovely Day



Thread macramé beads

Of course, you can also use your macramé project as you like Wooden beads decorate. In the shop you will find Makrameeperlen in 15mm, 20mm, 25mmand 30mm in light and dark brown, but also original Vintage Pearls from the 1970s.
The recommended yarn thickness can be found in the respective product description of the macramé beads in the shop. For 2-3mm thick yarn, beads with a diameter of .B are best suited 15mm, for 4mm thick yarn there are beads with a diameter of15mmor 20mm, and for 5mm - 6mm thick yarn you take bestPearls witha diameter of 25mmand30mmor die großen Vintage Pearls.



TIP: For beginners I haveMakramee Blumenampel DIY Kit and Wandhänger DIY Kit entwickelt (welches übrigens auch in einer hübschen Verpackung kommt and sich toll verschenken lässt!). Darin lernst du Schritt für Schritt anhand von Text and Bildern wie du das Projekt beginnst, bis hin zum Schneiden der Quasten. Die Anleitungen in Englisch and Deutsch, hier gibt es hier auch to download

In my regular Workshops you can learn the knot under my personal guidance.


Makramee Workshop in Berlin mit California Dreaming

 Makramee Wandhänger Workshop mit Dörte Bundt von California Dreaming





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