May 30, 2012
Macrame doesn't require much in the way of tools or gadgets, so you don't have to make much of an investment to give it a try. This is a picture of my workboard. Upscale, isn't it? It's what I started with and what I'm used to, so I'm still using it after four years (although I have had to replace the cork once). It's just a clipboard from the office supply store with cork clipped on it. I cut the cork to the right size and glued two layers of it together to give it more depth, but if the cork you find is thicker, you might not even have to do that. My clipboard has rulers down both sides - one in inches and the other in metric. Very handy.
You'll want something to fasten your work-in-progress to the board to keep everything in place while you're knotting. You can use regular old sewing pins for this, but I prefer a combination of those and t-pins. The t-pins are a bit larger. You'll also need some scissors. I like a smallish pair. And let's see... other than that... something to knot (cord, hemp, etc.) and maybe some beads. That's it! Oh, wait...
A couple more things that are nice to have - Fray Check and glue. If you dip the ends of your cord in the Fray Check and let it dry, you'll have a much easier time threading beads onto it. And I like to put a little glue on the knots at the ends of my pieces. Peace of mind;)