What is Micro Macramé?
Most people associate macramé with the good old pot hangers that were so popular in the '70's. In essence it is much the same concept simply a lot smaller, and often, more detailed. Micro-macramé is a craft which involves knotting cord or string (ranging from 0.3mm to about 2mm) together to create different patterns and intricate designs. A variety of techniques and “knot types” are used, and there is no requirement for adhesives for the most part. Many materials can be incorporated into the design to give each piece a personal and unique character. This results in delicate and much smaller creations that are intended more to be accessories rather than home decorations.
Some of the materials that can be used are:
- S-Lon cord, Wax cord, Hemp, Silk, Chinese waxed cord.
- Any gemstone cabochon, beads and other objects can be used as a base or for decoration with or without hole.
- Findings are an essential part of micro macrame and high end findings such as sterling silver or gold can heighten the value of your creations
- Seed beads such as Miyuki or Toho beads are a great addition and bring a touch of colour and fine detail to your work
There are many more materials that can be used, and each individual gemstone or object incorporated into into the design makes the resulting work unique. Each new piece of jewelry is something to look forward to, as the design and end result is going to be different from its predecessor.
Macramé is a wonderful craft that allows the creation of unique and beautiful pieces of jewellery. I have several tutorials and video classes currently available which can appeal to crafters of all skill levels. New designs, classes and tutorials are added regularly, so don't forget to check back once in a while! If you would like to receive my newsletter, sign up with Imbali Crafts here or on my Facebook page to get updates on new tutorials and/or products.
Micro Macramé Tutorials
Tutorials are available as an instant download or as a link to a video URL. If you need some help with basics, you could visit the 'knot tutorial' section! And of course, if you have any questions, need some help or would like a custom order made just for you, drop me line! :)
If you have already purchased a tutorial, I would LOVE to see your finished item, so if you feel like it, post a picture to Imbali Crafts facebook page for everyone to admire!!
Workshops for micro macramé are available at Jewellery maker's Ivy House in Reddtich, and in the near future, also in the City of Edinburgh. If you would like me to travel to a specific location to hold a workshop, or if want to find out more, contact me for further details and/or visit the link provided below.
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