How To Macraweave: A Guide For Beginners

How To Macraweave: A Guide For Beginners

Fiber crafts have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, and for good reason. They’re relaxing and therapeutic. Plus, they allow you to create beautiful pieces for your home or to give as gifts. If you’re looking for a new craft to try, consider macraweave.

This unique fusion of macrame and weaving combines the best of both worlds and opens up endless possibilities for creative expression.

We wrote this guide to help you understand the basics of macraweave and get you on your way to creating one-of-a-kind art pieces.

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What Is Macraweave?

Woman macraweaving

Macraweave is a hybrid of two popular fiber crafts 
— macrame and weaving. It combines macrame knotting techniques with weaving, resulting in a soft, textured design.

You can macraweave with a variety of materials, such as ropes, yarns, or even fabric strips. This versatility allows you to create unique pieces you won’t be able to find in any store.

What Is Macrame?

Since macraweave uses both macrame and weaving, it’s essential to understand these two crafts individually.

Macrame is the art of knotting cords or ropes in various patterns to create intricate designs. It originated in ancient times and has been used for decorative and practical purposes.

With just a few simple knots, you can create anything from wall hangings and plant hangers to jewelry and accessories.

If you’ve never tried macrame, our Macrame Market Bag DIY Kit by GANXXET X Cord + Quartz is a great introduction. The kit comes with everything you need to make a cute bag.

What Is Weaving?

Weaving involves interlacing threads or yarns on a loom to create fabric or cloth. It’s one of the oldest forms of textile arts, and weavers have made everything from clothing to rugs.

In weaving, there are two main components: the vertical threads, known as the warp, and the horizontal threads, referred to as the weft. The warp threads are held taut on a loom, and you use a weaving shuttle to pass the weft threads over and under the warp to create a fabric.

Macraweaving uses the warp and the weft, but you won’t use a loom. Instead, you’ll rely on an anchor to keep the project tight while you work.

Macraweave Supplies

Macraweave Supplies

The good news for beginners is that you won’t have to spend much money to try this craft.

You’ll need:

  • Macrame cords (cotton is easy to work with, but feel free to use any cord you’d like)
  • Assorted rope, yarn, and roving (it’s a great way to use up leftover fibers!)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • A dowel, pipe, sturdy stick, keychain, or other anchor to hold your project

Knots To Learn

Knots are the building blocks of macraweaving. While you can learn dozens of knots, you only need to master a few of them before you can create beautiful pieces.

The video below shows how to tie six basic macrame knots. Seeing someone else do the knots while you’re also trying them can be incredibly helpful.

You’ll learn how to tie the:

By combining these knots, you can create an unlimited number of designs.

How To Macraweave

Once you’ve mastered a few knots, it’s time to start macraweaving. Here’s a basic guide to help you get started.

1) Prepare Your Anchor

Anchor preparing for macraweave project

What will hold your finished piece? Will it be the classic dowel rod, a piece of copper piping, or something creative like a hula hoop?

Look for an anchor that’s:

  • Sturdy
  • At least as wide as you desire your final project to be
  • Able to be secured while you’re working

Once you’ve selected an anchor, use the scissors and measuring tape to cut however many pieces of cord you need for your project. Then, attach each one to your anchor with a simple Lark’s Head Knot.

2) Begin With Macrame

Your macraweave masterpiece starts with a foundation of macrame knots. You can follow a specific pattern or tutorial or create your own unique design.

The goal is to create a skeleton with plenty of space for weaving. If you mentally divide your cords into a few vertical sections, you want to fill a few with knotted macrame designs and leave the others empty for weaving.

3) Weave Away

person weaving

Those empty macrame cords are your warp. With that in mind, it’s time to weave in fibers or materials like yarn, fabric strips, or feathers.

This is where your creativity can truly shine! Experiment with different textures, colors, and patterns to make something you love.

To weave, go over and under the warp cords, alternating with each row. You can use a needle or just your fingers to push the weaving close together for a tighter, more professional finish.

When your empty areas are all filled in, turn your piece over and weave in all the loose ends to prevent it from unraveling. Trim off any remaining materials.

4) Finish With More Macrame

Once you’re done weaving, it’s time to finish off your project. Look it over and see if you need to add more macrame knots. These can help hold everything together.

When you’re happy with it, you can brush out the remaining cord at the bottom to create fringe or cut it off in a straight or diagonal line.

What To Make With Macraweave

Like any art form, practice and experimentation are the keys to creating a beautiful macraweave piece. Don’t be afraid to try new techniques or materials, as they can lead to wonderful results.

You can take just about any macrame tutorial and add woven elements. Here are a few ideas of what you can make:

Wall Hangings

Add a boho touch to your home decor with a wall hanging. You can play with different colors and textures to create a statement piece for any room in your home.

Here’s a video tutorial to help you better envision the process:

Source: STMNT Home Decor


Level up your dining room table with macraweave placements! You can make them in different sizes and colors to match your dinnerware or mix and match for a fun, eclectic look.

Plant Hanger

Spruce up a basic macrame plant hanger by incorporating some weaving. This will give your plants a stylish home, adding some greenery to your living space.


Mark your spot in style with a macraweave bookmark. This small project comes together quickly with leftover materials and makes a great gift for book lovers.

Macraweave With GANXXET

materials for macraweave

With macraweave, the possibilities are endless. Exploring this craft opens up a treasure trove of creativity and personal expression.

Whether adding a unique touch to your home with one-of-a-kind wall hangings and placemats or crafting thoughtful gifts like bookmarks, macraweave allows you to create beautiful and functional pieces.

At GANXXET, we believe in celebrating individuality and self-expression through crafting. That’s why we offer a wide range of high-quality fibers for all your macraweave projects. From colorful Cotton Macrame Cords to Ribbon Cotton T-Shirt Yarn, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

And if you prefer to be surprised, check out our Curated Mystery Box. It has at least eight handpicked items that’ll inspire your next macraweave masterpiece. Happy crafting!

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