Knotting – or macrame – is one of many trades that are revived by those who love to work with their hands. Just as surface embroidery, quilting and handwork are becoming increasingly popular, macrame is transformed from a relic from the 1970s into a hot, trendy art form.
Macrame is a versatile form of fiber art and can be used for everything from wall hangings and plant hangers to jewelry, purses, and even clothing. Macrame can be made from simple materials such as cotton twine, jute, hemp or yarn as simple or complex as the artisan wishes. Decorations such as glass or wooden beads and colored threads can also open up a range of creative possibilities.
Learn a little more about the fascinating history of macramé before delving into the basic techniques and getting advice on how to start making your own or buying a contemporary macramé.
Macrame supplies and resources
There are a variety of natural and synthetic fibers that you can use to make macrame. Cables with a thickness of 3 mm to 6 mm are generally required for standard projects. Jewelry and small decorative items are made by micro-macrame, which simply means that the cord used is 0.5 mm to 2 mm thick.
Free Macrame Patterns – This comprehensive website should be your first point of contact for everything related to macrame. Not only are there free patterns, but there are also many articles for beginners, a dictionary with general terms, and even a section on macrame for children. In her Etsy shop you will find all kinds of colored cords, old pattern books, pearls and much more.
Modern macrame – Here you will find a nice selection of colored cotton cords as well as home improvement sets and instructions. Let yourself be inspired by the book Modern Macramé: 33 Stylish Projects for Your Handmade Home by the founder Emily Katz.
Pepperell Braiding Company – Founded in 1917 as a shoelace manufacturing factory, Pepperell is now a well-known manufacturer of macrame cords and accessories. You will find everything from wooden beads and dowels to a variety of cords and home improvement sets.