What Is Macrame?

A versatile form of fiber art, macramé can be used to make everything from wall hangings and plant hangers to jewelry, purses, and even clothing items. Using simple materials like cotton twine, jute, hemp, or yarn, macramé can be as simple or complex as the crafter would like
Macramé is a type of textile created using knotting techniques, as opposed to weaving or knitting. The knots are square and form full-hitch and double half-hitches. The craft required only inexpensive and accessible materials like cotton twine, hemp, leather or yarn, with various beads used to enhance the piece.

Origin of macramé?

Macramé’s knot-tying origins can be traced back to 13th-century Arabic decorative weavers who used the knots to secure loose ends of woven textiles, like towels and shawls. Many believe the term “macramé” comes from the Arabic word migramah or “fringe.”

Macramé Supplies

The specific supplies you’ll need will vary depending on what you want to make, but here’s a general list of macramé supplies that you’ll need for many projects:

  • 3 or 4 ply cord (neutral or colored)
  • Wooden or metal pole or hoop for hanging
  • Fabric scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Comb or pet brush

Other common materials include metal bag clasps (for bags or purses), earring hooks, and buttons or clasps for clothing.

What Can You Make with Macrame?

Plant holders and wall hangings are perhaps the most popular macramé items you’ll see because there are so many designs and patterns you can make. But these aren’t all you can make with macrame.

Plant Holder: 

Macramé plant holders are an attractive and handy way to display plants indoors.


Not all art needs to be a painting or a print—this macramé art is simple and beautiful.

Wall Decor:

Macramé wall decor is an attractive way of adding interest to your home without spending a heap of money.