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How to learn macrame

April 16, 2019

Macrame is an ancient craft that in recent years has found a new revival.
 
What's the best way to learn macrame?
 
I've been teaching macrame weekly for nearly three years in the UK and abroad.
(This post is an edit version of the was original written in Sept. 2018)
 
I teach this craft in four different ways:
 
Free tutorials on my blog/ Free challenges
One-off workshop 
Online course
1-2-1 workshops
 
You might ask yourself:
Which one is the best solution for me?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? 
What are the differences among the three? 
 
 
Here it is a guide that will help you make the right decision on which is the best way to learn macramé for you.
 
 
Free tutorials on my blog & free challenges
I have a few tutorials on my website, to either learn basic macramé knots or to attempt a simple macrame project. Every 3/4 months I also host free macrame challenges. The last one was a 3-day macrame wreath challenge and nearly 150 people took part. To make sure you don't miss the next challenge sign up my mailing list here. Since they are free, I believe this is a good way to test if you like this craft, especially if you have never heard about macrame before.
 
ADVANTAGES:

-free

-if you just want to have a taste of what macrame is all about

-if you are good at following patterns on your own

 
DISADVANTAGES:

-if you are a maker already you might find it too easy

-if you have tried macrame before you might find it too easy

-if you want to learn more than just one knot

 
(discover the latest free pattern here)
 
One-off workshop 
I run monthly macramé workshops mostly in London, but also in other parts of the UK especially in the south. These are my most popular classes where you get to learn how to make a macrame wall hanging, a bag, a plant holder, a wreath etc. and take home your lovely handmade piece. Moreover, you will learn a few of the basic knots to be able to continue your macrame journey if you wish so in your own time at home. I have a few students that have opened their own Etsy shop selling their pieces after attending my workshops and discovering a passion for macrame.
 
ADVANTAGES:

-the workshops are between 1.5 to 3 hours long, this is enough time for you to get a good understanding of macrame

-the workshops are perfect if you want to make one off piece for your home or a friend instead of buying it

-if you are creative and like crafting, this is a good way to get the basics of macrame before committing to it (aka spending money on rope supply, equipments etc)

 
DISADVANTAGES:

-you can get 'addicted' to macrame and wish you could spend more time with me to learn further (eg. more knots, patterns, designs)

-you can't attend my workshops because of location or work /family commitments

 
(discover my workshops dates here: LONDON & rest of the UK)
 
 
Online course
I launch my online course "Macrame for Beginners- become a confident macrame artist" three times per year. I made this course especially for people that want to learn macrame in depth and can't attend my one-off workshops. 
 
ADVANTAGES:

-if you want to dive deeply into the world of macrame and learn different knots, how to read patterns and how to design your own pieces

-if you want to work at your own pace in the comfort of your home

-if you prefer learning by watching a video rather than reading a pattern/pictures

-if you want to be part of a community of like-minded people from around the world

-if you need access to the teacher (that’s me) daily for the duration of the course (4-weeks) and beyond (I offer a macrame community membership to my students after the course).

 
DISADVANTAGES:
-you will need a commitment of 1/4 hours per week working on macramé for the duration of the course (if you can call it a disadvantage)
 
(find out more about my macrame online course here)
 
1-2-1 workshops
I have started offering 1-2-1 macrame classes at my home. These are perfect if you want a customized experience and learn exactly what you want at your own pace and time. The classes can last from 1 to 4 hours. These are ideal for beginners as well as more advanced students that want to learn how to make more elaborate pieces. To book a 1-2-1 workshop just email me here.
 
 
I hope you found this guide helpful. If you have more questions, please email me here.
 
with love
Isabella xxx

 

 

 

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