It’s been a second since we’ve supplied you with macramé inspiration. Regular readers know this craft is 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 class. 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, cord, 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.
(FYI: 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 macramé 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 wall hanging. 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 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 crisscrossed lattice pie crust—in place of the traditional macramé 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.
Photographer: Jake Johnson