More Macramé Inspiration: We just can’t help ourselves

It’s been a second since we’ve supplied you with macramé inspiration. Regular readers know it’s one of our favorite home décor trends: organic but somehow graphic, retro with a twist, wonderfully DIY, and absolutely gorgeous.


All it takes is one macramé workshop filling up our creative teams’ Instagram feeds and we have to schedule another session. And then we have to show off the results. So we’re here to inspire you to find a stick or a pipe and grab some twine or rope (okay, and maybe some beads or washers), and make your own. You’ll find the basic knots here. And more lovely macramé inpiration here. And some amazing works-in-progress here.


(The Andy everyone mentions so reverently below is Andy N., Hallmark Photo Stylist and our resident macramé guru.)


Before our workshop I spent time researching online to find inspiration for my piece. I also loved looking at photos from previous macrame workshops (especially the copper details others had added to their pieces!). I knew I wanted to create a large-scale piece for my mom: She had an empty wall just waiting for new artwork. Next, I met with Andy to show him my research and together we sketched out my piece. Once I got going I ended up veering away from my original plan slightly, but because I worked with such thick material it was relatively quick to complete. My mom loves the new addition to her basement!


I did two macramé classes. I made a large wall hanging in one and a little one in my next class. I looked at macramé inspiration on Pinterest and took advice from Andy about what to create. Combining a horseshoe in one was one I took inspiration on from another Hallmarker, but I just winged it with the macrame. What I enjoyed the most about macramé was slowing down and doing something with my hands outside the computer. It was relaxing but also time intensive.


I really wanted to incorporate square knots and color blocking, so I researched some macramé inspiration for doing so. For the color blocking, Andy taught me the vertical half hitch macrame knot. He assured me it would be repetitive, time-intensive, and rewarding. It was all that—and immediately became my new favorite knot. I started with the top section of square knots, took a photo when finished with that stage, and then used the photo to map out my stripe colors and widths on the computer. I spent one morning tying square knots and two and a half days tying vertical half hitch knots.


I fell in love with a piece I saw online, and it was $750. I thought…”I can make that.” I just started putting some of my favorite knots together. Because my cord was so thick, I had to rethink a few along the way. Now it’s on my wall at home!


My wall hanging was inspired by a photo I found online. It had a section of weaving—like a criss-crossed lattice pie crust—in place of the traditional macrame knotting, and I liked the simplicity of that look. I wanted something organic and interesting yet clean and simple for the space (it’s hanging in my bathroom), so I used beads and a rod made from unfinished wood. I didn’t have to sketch anything out, because Andy was awesome at guiding me to the next step based on my inspiration picture.


This larger piece sort of happened spontaneously. I knew I wanted to use a cool walking stick we had gotten from my brother-in–law in Ohio. But couldn’t decide which way to go: more of a balanced, traditional pattern, or a free-form design. Andy suggested I go with the free-form, layered approach because it would look more organic—like the stick. After I made the larger pieces, I played with different-size cords and wove them in and out of the background. I’m planning to hang it in my family room—just as soon as I can be sure my grand-dog won’t think it’s a chew toy.

Turnabout is fair play. Share your own macramé inspiration and tag us on Instagram @think.make.share or post on Facebook.

Photographer: Jake Johnson



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