What is macramé?

Macramé is a form of fiber art that is created by knotting rope, string or cord into various patterns and designs. It has been around for centuries and is thought to have originated around the 13th century in Arabic and Chinese cultures.

Caring for your macramé.

Taking care of your macramé isn’t difficult, but there are some things you should know. Read on to find out how to keep your fiber pieces pretty.

square knot macramé pattern

Macramé is meant to be used indoors …

Even I can’t resist hanging my plants outside. If you plan on hanging your macramé outdoors, please be sure to protect it from the elements and be aware that my macramé is made from 100% cotton cord and will eventually degrade if left outside.

My macramé is made from natural cotton fiber. So,for the love of God, keep your macramé away from any open flame.

Never use any detergents with bleach. Also never use the washing machine. Ever.

Cleaning dust or dirt:

Spot clean with a damp, white cloth using cold water and a mild detergent. Hang to dry. You can even take it outside and give it a gentle shake.

OH SH… !! Spilled coffee or wine?

This part is important, get to it RIGHT AWAY. While the stain is fresh, run your item under cold tap through the back of the piece for 3-5 minutes, and then rub the stain gently. Use mild detergent as needed.

Don’t freak out, but look out for bugs.

Like all natural fibers, cotton tastes yummy to some pests. To make it less appetizing, try dusting your piece once a month with a damp, white cloth, a duster or by gently shaking it out.

Ironing / steaming

Part of what makes macramé so pretty is the texture of the piece, but if you really need to, you can iron your piece or use a steamer to remove wrinkles.

LOSING THAT “WAVY” TEXTURE? If the original “wavy” texture of your fringe is relaxing or straightening, try scrunching the fringe while damp or braiding dry fringe for a day or so to get the curl back. Just like hair. :)

My macramé arrived all messy. How do I make it look neat?
You can simply use a wide toothed comb or brush to smooth out the fringe. Do this while it’s hanging on the wall. That way it won’t get mussed up again while you’re moving it. Remember that hanging macramé on a door or near an open window will result in messy fringe and possibly even knots. If this doesn’t appeal to you then I would recommend hanging your piece on a wall away from wind.