Macrame is Back

Makers just gotta make.

Being creative is a blessing and a curse. I have a long list of ‘projects’ I want to make and medias I want to try. Self growth is never ending…..life is definitely interesting. Macrame has fascinated me since birth. My mother was quite the artist — stained glass, painting, drawing, batik and also macrame. (batik is still on my list) Our home in California was decked out in macrame decor just like most typical 1970’s homes were. She made some beautiful, bohemian pieces like wall hangings, vests, ornaments and covered bottles. I always wanted to learn how to do it, but never got to it until now. Or maybe I just waited until now because it has been considered tacky since 1979.

Macrame is basically decorative knot tying. The word macrame is derived from an Arabic word migramah which means ornamental fringe, striped towel or embroidered veil. 13th century Arab weavers used to create macrame to protect their camels and horses from flies while in the desert. It was used to adorn costumes and to finish the ends of ornamental pieces, towels and shawls too. The decorative art moved quickly across the world. Sailors knotted hammocks and belts in their downtime and quickly brought the art form to China and the Americas. It was even a popular activity in 17th century English court with Queen Mary II and her ladies-in-waiting.

Learning macrame is just learning how to tie different types of knots. Typical materials are cotton, hemp or jute cording and many projects also use decorative beads, shells and other found objects. Although macrame pretty much lost favor after the 1970’s, it is still seen in friendship bracelets and other jewelry these days. It is actually making a small comeback. My mother is confused and disgusted by that and I guess I can understand – I definitely don’t want to see neon clothing and mullets come back into style either. Blech. But, if you look on Pinterest, you will see a whole bunch of tutorials on macrame knots, sales sites for materials and even Etsy shops that will make you all your macrame needs. Instagram is no different – so many macrame tags, accounts and movements – and this is 2019. Heeeeerrrrre’s macrame!

I don’t think a knotted hammock is in my future right now, but I am definitely capable of making the all popular plant hanger. The fascination for this type of calming, meditative art is already here. I just need to learn and practice and perfect. If you want to learn to, go check out this page. So, here goes….

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Any advice or encouragement is welcome!

xoxo

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