After an amazing class where I learned how to create a macrame art piece, I thought I'd round-up some tutorials so that you can make one, too.
But first, let me tell you about the class. It was at a new shop and maker space owned by two creative women. They sell terrariums, plants (featuring our favorite succulents), and host a variety of events with local artists. They've named their space StudioLife, and it's located near the University of Washington. They also have an adorable studio dog, named Cookie.
The space is gorgeous and their line-up of beginner level workshops are full of interesting options: encaustic painting, embroidery, arm knitting...all sorts of fun stuff. If you live in or around Seattle or are paying a visit, I urge you to check them out and sign yourself up for a great experience. You might even plan a private party for your friends or your teens!
Not sure if you feel like a class? You can just drop in and make something, too. Or just shop for a beautiful gift. They are open Tuesday - Sunday, 10-5.
Layne Eckhardt is the talented fiber artist who led the class, and as she is also a fourth-grade teacher -- she was extra-good at providing easy-to-understand direction. She had us creating proper knots in no time!
Layne has been creating beautiful macrame since 2014, and shares her skills in workshops like this. She cited U.K. artist Sally England as an inspiration for her work. And -- this is neat -- her father was also a macrame artist.
Macrame is something I've been wanting to try for awhile, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to learn the ropes in this workshop (LOL, see what I did there?). Learning the three knots we used was a little tricky at first, but I got the hang of it eventually. We used the lark's head knot to attach our cord to our driftwood, and then used combinations of the square knot and the clove hitch for our creations.
Supplies we used
Note: Amazon affiliate links included below
- Natural 3 Strand Rope from Waverly Knots. *Tip from Layne: Tape your cut cords while you make your piece so the ends don't fray. This rope on Amazon is similar.
- Driftwood (collect some from a special place!); or you can use wooden dowels.
- Plant hangers -- put these hooks over a door frame, loop some rope over the ends of your driftwood or dowel hangers, and suspend from the hooks.
Want some video instruction on how to make a wall hanging of your own? See a round-up of our favorites, below.
5 Macrame Making resources from around the web:
- Waverly Knots has a YouTube channel full of knot making tutorials, and a super cute, colorful mini-macrame project perfect for beginners
- Chelsea Sadler shows you how to create a hanging using clothesline
- Melissa at Crafty Ginger creates a large-scale wall hanging sampler inspired by a Pottery Barn piece
- Oh So Hygge demonstrates making a round Dreamcatcher macrame wall hanging (also see their project that incorporates feathers and an agate)
- The Macrame School shows you how to macrame a wall hanging that incorporates wool roving that you weave through it
I hope you enjoy making a piece of art for your walls as much as I did! Once I get it hung in my house, I'll update this post with a photo here.
Next, I'm going to take my new skills and apply them to our t-shirt yarn. I'll share my results in a future post.