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Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner's Guide to Macrame

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This is the perfect book for someone like me who is new to the art of macrame. I felt it was easy to follow. I also liked that the projects it offered were simply enough for a beginner.

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This was a fun and great beginning macrame book with great pictures of how to get things going and fun projects to try out. I feel like this is great for someone who wants to learn via book or wants physical pictures to reference. There's a few projects in the book I would love to try in the future.

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As someone who is brand new to fiber arts, and has only been working with fiber crafts for a few months, this book was absolutely amazing to read through.

The steps are outlined clearly and concisely, with beautiful visuals to match. I found that as a beginner, it was easy to follow the steps while reading them. Practicing, however, is definitely going to take a lot of time to get things down pat. However, the visual guidelines that go with the steps really help to see where you may have went wrong in the process.

I'm very excited to continue my pursuit of fiber art through Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner's Guide to Macrame. I will certainly be sharing these projects with my students as soon as I'm more comfortable creating these wonderful works of art!

Thank you to NetGalley, Quarto Publishing Group, Walter Foster Publishing, and Casey Alberti for providing me with an ARC to review.

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"Sweet Home Macrame" is a great starting point if your Instagram feed has been luring you to try your hand at macrame but the video guides are sped up to the point of making it impossible to track the movements. Each step of the process is clearly visualised through photography ensuring that even if you're like me and feel like you have two left hands, you can still follow along with relative ease and make some nifty macrame projects. If you have a bad habit of buying too many craft supplies, this book certainly won't help keep your stash any smaller, because you will be tempted to grow your yarn collection until it overflows your closet.

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A lovely range of projects on offer in this beginner's guide to macrame (I would say some patterns are more advanced than others) I'm not a complete novice at macrame - though I've mostly been self-taught in so much I've mostly made plant hangers previously from copying a vintage 70s hanger my mum had acquired some decades ago, so it's been lovely to learn some new techniques and patterns beyond the two very basic stitches. I do recommend, starting with a project like the rainbow plant hanger before attempting the more complex wall hanging plant options.

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Casey Alberti's 'Sweet Home Macrame' is a must-have for anyone looking to dive into the world of macrame crafting. This beginner's guide offers a comprehensive introduction to the art of macrame, covering everything from essential supplies to mastering intricate knots.

With clear instructions and beautiful photography, Alberti guides readers through 12 stunning projects, including plant hangers, wall hangings, and earrings, each customizable to suit your personal style. (I received an advance reader copy of this book, and all opinions are my own.) Whether you're a novice crafter or seasoned DIY enthusiast, this book provides the inspiration and guidance needed to create beautiful macrame pieces for your home or as thoughtful gifts.

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I struggle normally at picking anything up unless there is someone physically present showing me, however with this book it was not needed! it is a great guide that i recommend to any beginner.

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This book is easy to follow and gives a great base for the beginners. Photos are clean and concise and instructions are taught in an easy manner. Can’t wait to make more art with this book. Will definitely recommend to all my fellow crafters

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Very nice book with good overview of knots. Cool looking projects and especially liked the one for earrings.

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Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner's Guide to Macrame by Casey Alberti

A very clear, fun and interesting tool book! The book starts with tools and materials, then it moves to the basic - knots. Once you are managed to do the knot, you can start the design. It has various plant hanger, wall decoration and earrings!

I love the cover, as it’s intriguing and colourful. Then the instructions are clear. Step by step. You can’t get lost there.

Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my copy.

Pub date: May 14, 2024

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I really enjoyed this book. I've been looking for something similar to help expand my skills and this was absolutely perfect to achieve my goals.

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I have been wanting to incorporate more creative hobbies into my free time and I’ve always wanted to take up macrame. Sweet Home Macrame has been the perfect guide to learning the craft. The instructions are very clear and thorough and I really appreciated the guide of tools and materials you will need to get started. The photos are so vibrant and provide wonderful inspiration. Each project is more beautiful than the next - it’s hard to pick just one to start with!

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My ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a great book with beautiful photos and detailed instructions. I thought I might be interested in learning macrame and while I enjoyed this book and it was beautifully made and well written, it helped me realize I enjoy other fiber arts more and already have the materials. I might be able to use some of the macrame skills and knots in those other fiber art hobbies in the future after they have a chance to sink in and percolate a bit. You never know, maybe I’ll circle back around lol.

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Finally an inspiration for macrame art that is not beige!

The first thing that caught my eye was how colorful the art is in this book. Her designs are wonderful.

The book is clearly structured explaining the different knots with short decriptions and pictures. It has a variety of different projects from the classic plant hanger to lamp shades and ear rings. Including links to the materials and suppliers was very thoughtful.

I would have liked to see even more designs in this book for this price point.

Thanks for the advance reader copy of this book

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Thank you to the author, NetGalley, Walter Foster Publishing, and Quarto Publishing Group for a temporary e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.

This book is visually stunning. Sharp, clear, bright, colorful images everywhere. I've already tried my hand at macrame, but I wanted to see her designs and read through her way of explaining the process. The instructions felt very clear to me, and I think they would also be clear to a beginner, especially with the accompanying images.

The only thing that I wasn't a fan of (and it honestly has no impact on the quality of the book) is that she says early on that there will be a lot of color and that if you are more of a neutral person, you can just adjust the designs to your liking. This is so true! However, it seemed that all of the designs were then named after the colors they featured. Personally, I would have tried to name them without the colors in order to continue facilitating the idea that the artist gets to decide what colors to use. Again -- this has no bearing on the quality of the work and is a personal nitpick.

It was a little on the short side, but it also didn't over-explain all of the supplies and equipment which can be a pitfall of some crafting books, presumably to give them length. I think this one had a good amount of projects included without overwhelming the reader with in-depth information they may not even need.
 
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I want to thank Netgalley and the author for gifting me the ebook.
This was a great book on how to do macrame. This book has beautiful photos and easy how to guide to do some really amazing macrame art. Highly recommend.

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I received a copy of this eBook from netGalley for a honest review.

So colorful and creative! I loved the pictures and projects in this book. I look forward to trying to make some of the projects. The step by step knots was very helpful. I definite beginners guide to Macrame.

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Ero molto interessata a dare un'occhiata a questo libro, ma devo dire che per la maggior parte ne sono rimasta delusa.
I progetti sono pochi e molti sono dedicati ad appendere vasi per piante. La descrizione dei vari passaggi è abbastanza chiara, ma anche un po' sbrigativa. Avrei sicuramente apprezzato dei link o qrcode che rimandino a dei video coi vari passaggi.
Inoltre manca una spiegazione più chiara su da dove partire, come misurare e come prendersi cura nel tempo del progetto realizzato.
E' un buon libro per chi ha già dimestichezza, ma ha molte mancanze delle basi.

Grazie Netgalley per avermi permesso di leggerlo in anteprima.

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I was very interested in checking out this book, but I have to say that for the most part I was disappointed.
There are few projects and many are dedicated to hanging plant pots. The description of the various steps is quite clear, but also a little hasty. I would certainly have appreciated links or QR codes that refer to the videos with the various steps.
Furthermore, there is no clearer explanation on where to start, how to measure and how to take care of the completed project over time.
It's a good book for those who are already familiar with this technique, but it lacks many of the basics.

Thanks Netgalley for letting me preview it.

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Great book. Descriptive & informative.
I’ll be trying harder to get the knack of this craft & this book will definitely help.
Photos are great to follow, easy to find and much better to stop & start and catch up as I go.

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Whilst 'Sweet Home Macrame' by Casey Alberti advertises its self as a beginners guide, this is only partially true. The first half of the book absolutely meets the brief, with descriptions of the different twine used to make projects and very detailed instructions on how to tie the knots. However, the projects in the second part of the book are far from beginner, with multiple strands being used from the get go, and multiple different colours. For me a beginners guide should let you slowly build up confidence with a craft, and start by using the minimum of materials so that you can decide if you like the craft before spending large amounts of money. I can see myself returning to Alberti's knot instructions, whilst following other people's simpler projects for a while.

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