Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner's Guide to Macrame

Learn to make jewelry, home decor, plant hangings, and more

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Pub Date May 14 2024 | Archive Date Apr 05 2024

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Learn the satisfying, on-trend craft of macrame with this accessible reference featuring guides to fibers, supplies, and knots, as well as 12 step-by-step projects.

Whether you’re a beginner to soft crafts, looking to try a new craft, hoping to improve upon your existing macrame techniques, a DIYer, or just in search of a beautiful coffee table book, Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner's Guide to Macrame offers the instruction and inspiration you need to succeed, as well as gorgeous eye candy!

Top Etsy seller Casey Alberti is the founder of Sweet Home Alberti, a small business selling macrame items and knotting lessons. In this complete guide to working with macrame, Alberti shares her techniques and showcases her fresh, vibrant macrame art.

Learn about:
  • The supplies you’ll need for macrame, including cord and rope
  • How to make the most common knots, such as lark’s head, square, and gathering
  • Selecting a color palette
  • Personalizing your macrame pieces
  • And so much more

The 12 step-by-step projects show you how to make gorgeous items such as:
  • Plant hangers
  • Coasters
  • Wall hangings
  • A fruit basket
  • A disco ball hanger
  • Earrings
  • And more

All are done in eye-catching color schemes, such as rainbow, rose gold, black and gold, and crystal, but each item can be personalized to your own favorite colors using Alberti’s expert advice.

In addition to the projects and techniques, find helpful tips for forming an artist’s community and starting your own business.

Use the online videos from the author, available on her social media, to boost your understanding.

Macrame is one of the trendiest crafts of the year, and macrame items make beautiful gifts, home decor, and more. Learn how to make your own artwork with Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner's Guide to Macrame.
Learn the satisfying, on-trend craft of macrame with this accessible reference featuring guides to fibers, supplies, and knots, as well as 12 step-by-step projects.

Whether you’re a beginner to soft...

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As an avid crafter and fiber artist this book is one of the BEST TUTORIAL STYLE book of any craft I’ve ever read🥰❤️

The step by step pictures are great for visual learners and gives the same effect as a video tutorial!!!

I’m especially excited to get a hard copy of this book come publishing day so that I can make some of the coasters that are part of this book.

⭐️Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner’s Guide to Macrame out MAY 14th⭐️


Thank you to Walter Foster Publishing for the review copy!

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Wow what an absolutely stunning book , I'm a novice when it comes to macrame and have struggled to find books that not only have gorgeous designs but also have clear and easy instructions and this book has both, I haven't attempted to make any myself yet as I need to so a supply haul but if your a macrame lover or crafter than you definitely need this book in your collection

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I did a bit of macrame with my older sisters when I was a child and I have been wanting to get back into it. The old macrame books I have though definitely look like they belong in the 1970s. This book is full of macrame projects that don’t look like they should be hung behind your pet rock collection. The instructions and pictures seem very helpful and thorough. I’m excited to try to make the coasters, as I thought everything made by macrame had to hang on a wall.

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Whether you're a seasoned crafter or a curious beginner, this book offers a treasure trove of knowledge, inspiration, and practical guidance. "Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner's Guide to Macrame" by Casey Alberti is a delightful and comprehensive introduction to the art of macrame.

Alberti, the founder of Sweet Home Alberti, brings her passion for macrame to life within these pages. Her journey began in 2019 when she discovered the mesmerizing world of knotting. Soon, her home overflowed with more plant hangers than actual plants! Now, she generously shares her expertise, making macrame accessible to all.

The heart of this book lies in its clear instructions and vibrant visuals. Alberti demystifies the craft, starting with the essential supplies: cords, ropes, and the promise of creativity. She introduces us to the fundamental knots like the lark's head, square, and gathering, and each is explained with precision. As a reader, you'll feel like you're sitting across from a patient teacher, unraveling the mysteries of macrame over a cup of chamomile tea.

Selecting a colour palette is akin to choosing the right spices for a gourmet meal. Alberti encourages personalization, urging us to explore hues that resonate with our souls. From earthy neutrals to bold rainbows, she celebrates the kaleidoscope of possibilities. Imagine your wall adorned with a macrame masterpiece, its colours dancing in harmony with your home.

The heart of any craft book lies in its projects, and "Sweet Home Macrame" doesn't disappoint. Alberti presents 12 step-by-step creations, each more enchanting than the last. Here's a glimpse:
- Plant Hangers: Elevate your green companions with elegant macrame holders.
- Coasters: Functional art for your coffee table, blending form and function.
- Wall Hangings: Transform blank walls into textured canvases.
- Fruit Basket: A whimsical way to display your favourite fruits.
- Disco Ball Hanger: Because every room needs a touch of disco magic.
- Earrings: Wearable art that sways with your every move.

Alberti's designs burst forth in eye-catching colour schemes: rose gold, crystal, black and gold. But fear not—she encourages customization. Swap out colours, infuse your personality, and let your imagination run wild.

"Sweet Home Macrame" extends beyond knots and fibres. Alberti shares wisdom on forming an artist's community, it’s a tribe of kindred spirits who cheer each other on. She also offers insights into starting a small business. Whether you dream of selling your macrame wares or simply want to connect with fellow creators, her advice is invaluable.

This book isn't just a manual; it's a visual feast. The glossy pages showcase Alberti's vibrant creations, inviting you to touch, learn, and create. Place it on your coffee table, and watch guests flip through its pages, eyes widening with inspiration. They’ll stop by Michael’s on the way home.

Alberti weaves magic with her knots. "Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner's Guide to Macrame" is an invitation to slow down, create, and infuse your surroundings with beauty. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned knotter, this guide will find a permanent spot on your crafting shelf. So grab your cord, tie that first knot, and let the art of macrame envelop you. Your home will thank you, and your heart will sing with every twist and loop.

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

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Such a beautifully written book.
This book literally takes you from the bare basics to making some beautiful items. It’s an all-in-one guide. The photos are clear and helpful. The layout is bright and cheerful.
I fully recommend this to anyone. Whether you’re just starting out, or looking for new ideas.

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This book is a perfect addition to any crafters home. In this, you will learn about the supplies you’ll need to macrame, you’ll learn the basic knots used, and you get step by step instructions for 12 different macrame projects. The projects included range from plant hangers to wall decor to coasters. The colors and photos in this book are absolutely gorgeous, making it double as a beautiful display piece. If you have any interest in this type of craft this is absolutely a great start to learning!

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If you've always been fascinated by the intricate beauty of macrame but don't know where to start, "Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner's Guide to Macrame" by Casey Alberti is the perfect book for you. It feels like having a crafty friend right beside you, guiding you through the wonderful world of macrame.

This book is easy to follow and welcoming. It starts by providing a comprehensive list of everything you need to get started, including a list of optional items that can enhance your crafting experience. It then teaches you how to master the most common knots in macrame. After that, there are 12 step-by-step project designs, each with a detailed list of tools, materials, and knots needed to complete the project.

As a beginner, I found the instructions clear and simple. The book is full of colorful photos that showcase finished projects and serve as motivation for you to dive into macrame. What I appreciated the most about this book is how transparent the author is. She shares when one of her wall-hanging pieces didn't turn out as she imagined, making her instructions feel more relatable and authentic.

Overall, "Sweet Home Macrame" is a must-have for anyone who is curious about macrame or wants to learn a new craft. The book is easy to understand, inspiring, and empowering. It's sure to spark creativity and bring the joy of macrame into your home. Plus, the book even includes a list of suppliers to help you find the materials you need.

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Macrame is something I always wanted to try, this book has great step by step instructions. I even took out my yarn out to try out a coaster and it came out not so bad. I’ll definitely give more projects in this book a try.

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𝗔 𝗯𝗶𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝗡𝗲𝘁𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘆, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗔𝗥𝗖 𝗶𝗻 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄!

I would like to start with the fact that my Mother has always been a very crafty person while she was still able to see (fully) and that she tried to nurture our crafty side… no matter if male or female child.

My older brothers were some of the only boys in class who really were interested in crochet, macramé, origami, etc. …so one day my second oldest brother came home with something he had done for mother at middle school.

It was something made by knotting fiber strands/cords like his teacher told him, tada Macramé!

Years later I loved trying my hands on it, and from there I later went further and started creating <a href=“https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freundschaftsband”>Friendship bracelets </a> with my friends which are also a type of macramé. This was an awesome trip down memory lane.

The author was kind enough to go through each step by explaining it all well, which I love in regards to people who have never tried their hands on this type of art.

The images are vibrant and crisp. The overall design and page layout were also well done.

The book is separated into three parts, with the last chapter taking up most of the pages. Tools, materials and the knots themselves are explained first so that a novice of this art does not have to fear unanswered questions while going through the steps.

This is a book filled with easy, beginner-friendly tutorials in the last chapter, Designs. From plant hangers to lamp shades we get some very beautiful projects, which can be used as home decorations or as gifts.

𝒀𝒆𝒔, 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒃𝒔𝒐𝒍𝒖𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒓𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒎𝒂𝒄𝒓𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒂 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒕!

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Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner's Guide to Macrame by Casey Alberti is an incredibly well done craft book that offers updated projects to fit a 2020’s sense of style.
The pictures showing how to make the various knots, along with the very clear text make it very easy to follow along to make the projects. (I didn’t have the right materials and just used some scrap yarn to try some of the options.) Helpfully, there are some beautiful things that only require learning less than half a dozen knots. There are also a good variety of projects from the ubiquitous wall hangings to coasters and jewelry. There is a 4 planter wall hanging that I absolutely love, from the multi-hanger, which is something that I have not seen before, to the color scheme that is used.
Although the author discusses how to customize color, size and design, my only tiny note might be to include pictures of the finished projects in several colorways or with some slight variations to help in inspiration.
I’m planning to purchase this when it is published in May. Thank you to Walter Foster Publishing and NetGalley for the eARC.

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As a fiber artist and macrame instructor, my collection is brimming with books on knots, designs, and techniques. Yet, "Sweet Home Macrame" stands out as one of the most visually captivating books I've encountered. I'm immensely thankful for this ebook and eagerly anticipate its release in hard copy. Casey Alberti's meticulously detailed instructions cater wonderfully to beginners and seasoned macrame enthusiasts alike. I'm thrilled to witness more of Casey Alberti's designs in the future. Absolutely stunning work!

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This would be a great book for anyone that’s wanting to get into or as a gift for that special someone that that wants to learn macrame. It is so comprehensive and beautifully photographed. It’s the perfect addition to a crafters collection.

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This was really useful!! My sister made herself several macrame things like a pot holder and a wall art but when she tried reaching me, I DID NOT understand anything ! I kept making knots that ended up being huge tangled messes. The instructions and images of this book were so helpful, I ended up making a small pot holder for me that I hanged up in the bathroom!
Thanks for the opportunity to read this really helpful book before publishing!

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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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Having no prior experience with macrame I found this book an excellent beginner's guide. It starts with a comprehensive list of must have and nice to have supplies followed by a tutorial on the various knots involved in the craft. There is a wonderful array of projects including plant hangers, wall hangings and a lampshade. The knot tutorial and the various projects includes clear and concise written instructions accompanied with photos.

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