There is more and more interest growing in macramé techniques and fortunately there are lots of resources available both free and paid available on on-line and some excellent books available. I thought I’d share macramé resources that I’ve found helpful.
http://www.free-macrame-patterns.com/ This website has information on macramé knots plus lots of patterns, for jewellery, accessories & home decor. Definitely well worth checking out.
http://www.annikadegroot.com/ I bought Annika’s book on micro macramé jewellery and was hooked, it has plenty of full colour photos of the stages and the accompanying text is well written and easy to follow. The website also has a free pattern for a choker necklace.
http://www.knotgypsydesigns.com/ Donna designs beaded micro macramé jewellery tutorials available for purchase, there are also a couple of free patterns to give you a taster and a very useful Basics Guide, which includes knots, tips & techniques for finishing macramé etc, well worth taking a look at.
http://m.youtube.com/#/user/MANUALIDADESDEOLGA Lots of macramé tutorials, you’re bound to find a design you want to try, the vids are in Spanish, and although my Spanish is little to non existent, found them very easy to follow.
http://www.olgasmacrame.com/. The website has explanations of the knots and some patterns, there is a pattern for a stunning macramé butterfly which I’ve not tried yet but it’s on my to do list.
Lubcho Macramé a couple of really useful video tutorials, one from wrapping a cabochon/stone with no holes and one for a macramé ring which is very useful not only for the ring tutorial but the technique can be used with any drilled bead and used for lots of jewellery designs not just rings.
http://www.ecocrafta.com/ A very useful blog about macramé which includes several projects to try.
Macramé Pattern Book, Marchen Art I recently purchased this book and am finding it very useful, the link is to Amazon but you check out other sites for the book just added the link so people knew exactly which book I was referring to.
Micro Macramé Jewelry by Joan R. Babcock This is a great book, my only negative comment about the book is it is black & white drawings rather than colour photos, having said that I would still recommend it (although for a beginner I would say Annika deGroot’s book is the best to start with). Joan has a wonderful eye for colour and her pieces are truly inspiring, her book Wired Micro Macramé Jewelry book is on my wish list.
http://www.kristinebuchanan.com/ Kristine has several books available on micro macramé, I’ve got a couple, found them very helpful. Whilst I would buy further books by Kristine, I would prefer to see larger photos & improved layout in the books, the books all appear to be around the 32 page mark and sometimes the tutorials seemed squashed to fit into the 32 pages. Kristine also has some video tutorials on her website for macramé knots plus individual tutorials for sale.
Well I hope that has given you some ideas on how to get started but leave a comment if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help.