The Beginner’s Guide: What is Macrame and How to Get Started

Macramé has become a popular craft again, adorning walls, hanging from ceilings, and accenting home decor. But what exactly is macramé?

Macramé is a form of textile art that uses knotting techniques to create decorative patterns. The word comes from the Arabic “migramah” meaning fringe or tassel.

Macramé dates back centuries and has been used to make all kinds of items like wall hangings, plant holders, jewelry, and more. Though historically created with fabrics like linen or hemp, modern macramé uses cotton ropes, yarn, or even upcycled t-shirts.

Getting Started with Macramé

For beginners, macramé requires just a few supplies:

  • Cotton rope or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Small wooden hoops for plant hangers
  • Dowels or sticks for wall hangings

There are a variety of basic knots used in macramé, like the square knot, spiral knot, and half hitch. The knots are repeated in patterns to create the desired shapes and textures. YouTube tutorials can teach you how to tie the basic macramé knots. A beautiful intermediate knot that I love using in my work is the lovers knot. There’s an easy to follow guide on my website.

Once you’ve mastered a few knots, you can begin making simple macramé projects like coasters, wall hangings, or plant hangers. More complex patterns can create hammock chairs, headboards, necklaces, and more.

The great thing about macramé is you can let your creativity run wild. Experiment with different color combinations, textures, knot patterns, and materials to make one-of-a-kind macramé designs.

Macramé is the perfect DIY craft that allows you to create stunning decor and gifts out of simple knots. Learn a new skill and relax as you let the repetition of knot-tying soothe your mind.

Get started with this meditative craft today and you’ll beautify your home and find a new hobby you’ll knot want to put down.

Air Plant Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Air Plants Thriving

Hey friends! I’m so excited to let you in on all my tips and tricks for successfully caring for beautiful air plants (also known as tillandsia for you scientific types). I swear, once you get one of these plant babies, you’ll be addicted. And your plant will thrive as long as you follow this beginner’s guide that is packed with everything I’ve learned from my many years of being air plant obsessed.

First things first, air plants need lots of bright, filtered light to photosynthesize and show off their fabulous colors. I like to put mine near sunny windows with a sheer curtain. Rotate them every now and then so all sides get some sun. Be careful not to roast them in direct noonday sun! At night, they enjoy resting their leaves and recharging.

Now, watering is super critical, so listen up! You gotta soak your entire air plant in room temperature water for 2-3 hours once a week. Just dry them on a towel and place them back into their cute macrame plant hangers after they are dry.

Here’s some bonus air plant tips. They love humid environments. If you have a bathroom with good sunlight you should consider keeping you air plant there. They’ll love the moist air from the shower. In the winter when the heater is running be sure to spritz your air plants with water to make sure they don’t dry out.

Now that you know the basics, it’s time to go get your own beautiful tillandsia! Follow these tips and you’ll have a happy, healthy air plant to enjoy for many years.

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