Thursday, 24 February 2011

Macrame workshop

When macrame is mentioned, you are undeniably whisked back to the 70s when this knotting craft was quite the craze, with macrame wall hangings, articles of clothing, bedspreads, small jean shorts, tablecloths, draperies, plant hangers and other furnishings. It was however most popular in the Victorian era with most homes adorned with this craft. Fascinatingly, it is believed that macrame originated with 13th Century Arab weavers. I had no idea whether macrame was difficult to grasp but was pleased to learn that it only really consists of 2 main knots- the square and the hitch. The main challenge is to concentrate on your repetition and rhythm so as to not mix up your knotting order. Although there are not a huge amount of different knotted patterns you can create, the choice of yarn/cord/rope can add a vast amount of variety (as seen in some of Cassi's samples below). I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and am looking to incorporate macrame into my current uni project.

Attempting a 70s beaded skirt!

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