Knot Tying…again…

Not everybody likes macrame art and even more think it is quite outdated. My mother wasn’t thrilled when I told her it was becoming trendy again (even though she made some amazing pieces). But, I am authentically smitten by the look and about ready to tie knots around everything in my house. Macrame pillows, macrame earrings, macrame bags, macrame plant holders, macrame rugs, macrame coasters, etc, etc, etc…..I might even macrame my kids.

The gentle way of tying knots to create a design, is methodical and meditative and extremely satisfying. I have easily picked up the basic knots and have already ventured into creating my own design. Fun. That is what it is…..FUN. OK, maybe not for everyone, but for those of you that find joy in quiet, creative projects that are both artistic and useful, macrame should be on your list of things to try. I highly recommend it.


To get started, all you need if some cording (I used this one to start), maybe some keyrings and this basic knot tying pattern. Just give it a go and see what you think. Start small…. oh and if you have cats – be forewarned – they will think you are tying knots for them….


Today I had the plan to make a Macrame Pod for my air plants that just arrived (squee!). I have a step-by-step pattern, the right kind of cording and I was ready to go. I spent most of my day working on it because I was unsure of what I was doing and trying to read the pattern, but I did finish it. Unfortunately, it’s waaaaaay too big for my needs so it is going to become a holder for something else. It’s still a very cool pattern and it does look beautiful.

I think it is important to try new projects every once in awhile to offer your brain something new to process, figure out and contemplate. Opening up my mind to macrame has now got me thinking of ways to create more useful projects that are in line with my my way of living. In fact, I think this can become extremely useful to my less plastic/less waste journey! I already have a macrame bag pattern saved for another time – how amazing will it be to make reusable bags! Tomorrow will be another project. Until then, here is my knot tying practice piece…


I hope this inspires some of you to give it a try – even just a quick little key chain can be done while binge watching Netflix…and even while drinking wine.

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