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Untying the Knot: Macramé Then and Now

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I have an affinity for all things ’70s. But amidst the heaps of olive green Pyrex, orange enamel fondue pots, and trippy floral-printed everything is a particular type of item that smacks of the era more than any other: macramé. As a child growing up in the ’80s, the textile-craft created by knotting twine, cord, or hemp — often in the form of hanging plant holders and intricate wall hangings — was already a vestige of a past era, mostly relegated to reruns of Three’s Company and my aunt’s outdated living room decor. As far as I knew, it was something uniquely ’70s, but as it turns out, macramé was around long before. In fact, this textile art has a rich and varied history that involved ancient weavers, crafty sailors, and lace-loving Victorians before it made a pop culture comeback in the days of Chrissy, Jack, and Janet.

Even better, sometime between then and now, macramé became cool again, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Home design bloggers are posting about their vintage macramé finds, crafters are creating knotted DIYs, and a few contemporary artists are even taking the technique to the galleries.

Andy Harman

Artist Andy Harman’s take on the iconic macrame owl, on a grand scale.

But to understand where macramé is, let’s take a look at where it’s come from. According to The Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework, the word itself is derivative of the Arabic term migramah, meaning ornamental fringes and braids. Back in the 13th century, Middle Eastern weavers were knotting “the excess thread and yarn along the edges of hand-loomed fabrics into decorative fringes on bath towels, shawls, and veils,” according to Reader’s Digest Crafts & Hobbies. Following the Moorish Conquest, the technique made its way to Spain and was introduced to England by the 17th century. That’s where British sailors picked up the practice, and according to Mod Knots: Creating Jewelry and Accessories with Macrame, helped spread macramé around the world. It makes sense that knotting would appeal to a sailor, and they supposedly made belts, knife handle covers, and even hammocks.

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Antique piece of sailor’s macramé; ca. 1800s-1900s.

Not only was macramé popular with the seafaring men of the era, but Victorian ladies were also all about the knotting, particularly since macramé provided a cheap and easy way to make lace. In the 1882 tome Sylvia’s Book of Macrame Lace, the author purports that “materials are inexpensive, and the lace lasts almost for ever [sic].” She goes on to say that the craft “can be unhesitatingly recommended as a pleasant occupation and pastime” while touting the refreshing lack of materials needed: “not even a thimble and needle are wanted to produce the charming effects of our macramé work.” Lace trimmings adorned nearly every dress, curtain, and pillow, and macramé parasols were all the rage. But shortly after the art form went dormant until the 1970s, when it was revived with a boho vibe by the decade’s hippies eventually making its way into nearly every home in America.

These days, macramé has returned to a place of clout thanks to design-savvy bloggers with impeccable taste, whose stunning photos make knotted décor items seem like a necessary addition. (I’m talkin’ about you, The Brick House!). Vintage macramé wall-hangings and plant holders are the perfect accents for the mid-century modern aesthetic, adding just the right amount of earthiness without feeling retro or kitschy. Throw a succulent in a hanging macramé plant holder and you’ve got instant desert chic.

While vintage macramé finds are being touted around the blogosphere, plenty of artists and crafters are updating the ancient technique. At the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs, CA, interior designer Michael Schmidt created an impressive macramé installation in the lobby — a decorative hanging curtain of knotted rope. Michigan-based fiber artist Sally England creates gorgeous wall hangings, room dividers, plant holders, and even lampshades that look as natural in a gallery as they do in a home. Australian designer Sarah Parkes is also getting attention with her modern take on macramé housewares and jewelry under the name Smalltown. Etsy, of course, touts some pretty fantastic contemporary macramé as well. Kitiya Palaskas adds pops of neon to her knot work to make it feel fresh, and the simple, natural pieces designed by Emma Radke are stunning — I’m completely in love with this hammock, but her delicate garlands are perfect for a more subtle touch.

If you feel like getting knotty yourself, you’re in luck. The simple side of the macramé spectrum is relatively easy to learn (generally all you need is some twine or cord and a desire to tie it up!) and there are some awesome DIY projects you can try. Heather Moore (better known as Skinny laMinx) has a tutorial for a lovely hanging garden, and Honestly…WTF’s take on a macrame bracelet moves the art form out of the ’70s and puts it squarely in the here and now — right where I like it.

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Lisa Butterworth is a writer and editor soaking up the eternal sunshine in Los Angeles. When she's not on the hunt for the latest and greatest in girl culture as the West Coast editor of BUST magazine, she's flea marketing, taco trucking, and generally raising a ruckus.

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  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak says: Featured

    Macrame is a beautiful craft. I love to see the way it lends itself to be formed into differenet shapes and uses

    1 year ago

  • ButterflyMoon

    Jennifer Robison from TheHempButterfly says: Featured

    Great article. I am also a macrame artist. Macrame is funky, fun and fashionable. Recently saw some dresses on the runway. I'm loving that people can see how versatile it is.

    1 year ago

  • ebkriley

    EBK Riley from DeeAndFee says: Featured

    I am of the generation that learned macrame in art class at middle school, so I loved this piece. I still use a lot of the knotting and beading skills I learned back then in my work now. I guess, for me, macrame was a "gateway" craft! Thanks for the post.

    1 year ago

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands from TwoLeftHands says:

    Macrame is a facinating craft, I did it myself in the 70's. I have two of Paula and Marianna's (macraMe) fabulous owls and I love them dearly!

    1 year ago

  • alittlelessmundane

    JoAnn from BookstoreCafe says:

    Great article!

    1 year ago

  • SYTJewelry

    ElleJay from SYTJewelry says:

    By the time I graduated from college in '77, the macrame crafting trend was pretty much over. Some of my dorm mates did macrame, though, and none of us mistakenly believed that the craft was a brand new revolutionary 70s thing.

    1 year ago

  • stmb

    Evan and Steph from MyrtleBrown says:

    Macrame and Three's Company totally go together in my head too! How fun- great article. Thanks

    1 year ago

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly says:

    This brings back memories of my mom making macrame to hang plants and I'm sure she made other things that I just don't remember any more. I loved learning the craft as a child! It was so fun and creative. It required some forethought to where you placed the knots so the piece could be functional, so it was a great challenge too.

    1 year ago

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering says:

    My macrame purse is so sturdy and goes with everything! Love it!

    1 year ago

  • Leatherworks4U

    Leatherworks4U from Leatherworks4U says:

    I used to do this and enjoyed it. I wonder what happened to all of my pattern books??? I may have to dig them out again! Thanks for the nostalgia!

    1 year ago

  • CraftyWoolFelt

    Claudia from CraftyWoolFelt says:

    Love this article... and I was very happy to see ~ macraME~ in the front page!! I love your work ♥♥

    1 year ago

  • jgaido

    Josie from JosiesBoutique says:

    Great article. Love this!

    1 year ago

  • TheJoyofColor
  • LivingVintage
  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits says:

    Interesting!

    1 year ago

  • Jashme

    Jen Tracy from JenTheTracy says:

    My grandmother's house is covered in Macrame plant holders. As a child I always loved them. I am so excited this stunning craft is making a come back!

    1 year ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty says:

    Gorgeous!

    1 year ago

  • dizhasneatstuff

    deb fearon from dizhasneatstuff says:

    My macrame wall sampler got an A in art class . 1974!

    1 year ago

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak says: Featured

    Macrame is a beautiful craft. I love to see the way it lends itself to be formed into differenet shapes and uses

    1 year ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    This craft is so beautiful!

    1 year ago

  • regiooaksartist

    Regina from regiooaksartist says:

    WOW..I am one that did it in the 70's and still do to this day. It is something that your fingers can do and your mind can either relax or wander off. Great article.

    1 year ago

  • tammyann343

    Tammy from TammyannsTrinkets says:

    I sell vintage and see a lot at auctions. I am glad they are coming back. :)

    1 year ago

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    Polkadot Magpie from ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    Andy's owl is epic!

    1 year ago

  • savoirfairehats

    Ann McMahon from savoirfairehats says:

    Well THAT was fun!

    1 year ago

  • cindyjune10

    Cindy Hanson from CJsVintageVariety says:

    Loved this article and comments! I, too, made tons of macrame items in the 70's. Every room in my apartment had a large cup hook some where so I could hook up and work wherever I was!

    1 year ago

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture says:

    Very creative! Love macrame items!

    1 year ago

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami says:

    I forgot about macrame. Thanks for remembering me :)

    1 year ago

  • VandaFashion

    Vanda Fashion from VandaFashion says:

    I love Owls!!! Thanks for sharing :)

    1 year ago

  • HandmadeHandsome

    Tryntsje from HandmadeHandsome says:

    This is great. I used to macrame in the seventies as a girl and it's lovely to see it back in old and new versions. I love the neon colors and the owl is cute.

    1 year ago

  • macraMe

    macraMe from macraMe says:

    How nice is to find our owl illustrating this very interesting post about macrame. We wonder why macrame isn't in any category in Etsy! It is really nice too find comments of our wonderful Etsyfriends telling such lovely things! Thank you very much Liza and thank you dear friends! xoxo Mariana and Paula

    1 year ago

  • mothrasue

    Emily Mothra Sue and Co. from mothrasue says:

    i love that giant macrame owl!

    1 year ago

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo says:

    Great article! It's important to maintain those wonderful and traditional techniques!

    1 year ago

  • jmayoriginals

    jean from jmayoriginals says:

    what a timely article (for me anyway). i've been testing some macrame designs to include in my 2013 Summer collection. thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • LilyThings

    Elizabeth Lagasse from LillyThings says:

    Nice!!! Love the Bold Macrame Hanging Plants Designs!!

    1 year ago

  • SuzisPillowStudio

    Suzi from ThePillowStudioShop says:

    It looks so complicated to me- I'm intrigued now that you say it is not so hard to learn...

    1 year ago

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox says:

    I liked this article, and all the samples you chose were wonderful. Using the quote about, “not even a thimble and needle are wanted " hit a cord with me. Macrame is simple and affordable. Nice work.

    1 year ago

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth says:

    You just brought me back. I used to do macrame. Love this post, and I'm really in ♥ with the plant hangars!

    1 year ago

  • PolishMeFreddy

    Alfredo Ramos from PolishMeFreddy says:

    That pink owl is beautiful. <3

    1 year ago

  • ArigigiPixel

    Gina from ArigigiPixel says:

    lovely crafts, and great photo from macraMe

    1 year ago

  • rivahside

    rivahside says:

    I did not realize macrame had been around so long. I never made anything using the technique but was given 2 items, in the mid 1970's, by my progressive-thinking great aunt. One was a choker/necklace that was about 12 inches long and the other was a matching purse with straps so long the purse itself hung below my hip. The fringe on the purse hung to my knees. The workmanship was beautiful and she used a very expensive rope with a sheen to it to make them a little dressier. Though I appreciated the time and effort put into making them, I thought they were hideous.

    1 year ago

  • kmaskreations

    kmaskreations from kmaskreations says:

    Love this article and have always loved macrame but never had a chance to do it. I was in my 20s in the 70s and thought it was a beautiful art with unlimited possibilities. It's time to try it. Thanks for sharing :)

    1 year ago

  • HoneyThistle

    Wei from HoneyThistle says:

    Yay for macrame! Who could say no to those owls?

    1 year ago

  • seaofwild

    Kathleen from seaofwild says:

    i love macramé. :)

    1 year ago

  • JennasRedRhino

    Jennifer Schmidt from TheCatBall says:

    Thank god macrame has grown up. Once it was all about macrame owl toilet paper holders, but now I'm sure someone is making macrame iPad devices!

    1 year ago

  • bhangtiez

    Jana from bhangtiez says:

    I love macrame! I am amazed at that grand scale macrame owl .........thanks for sharing the story of my craft of choice! Keep on tyin knots!

    1 year ago

  • HandmadeIsAllAround

    HandmadeIsAllAround from iammieOWLshop says:

    What a cool technique!

    1 year ago

  • CaliforniaSweetPeas

    CaliforniaSweetPeas from CaliforniaSweetPeas says:

    I LoVed making macrame plant hangers as well as bracelets and necklaces in the 70's!! I had a cool book which I learned from and I am so glad macrame is making its well deserved comeback : )

    1 year ago

  • silke5763

    Silke Jordan from howcroftjordanwork says:

    GREAT article - brings all my child memories back . Thanks !!!!

    1 year ago

  • fromjeanne

    Jeanne from FromJeanne says:

    Nice, great article, I did it myself in the 70's!

    1 year ago

  • RavishingRetro

    Rachelle Cameron from RavishingRetro says:

    I have a great vintage seafoam bag that I totally love glad to hear it is actually making a comeback and I don't just look crazy using it.

    1 year ago

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame says:

    Love it!So kitsch-tastic!

    1 year ago

  • Sinclairasaur

    Lindsey Nash from Sinclairasaur says:

    Loved this article! Reminded me of Dark Shadows.

    1 year ago

  • TheGroovyBaker

    TheGroovyBaker from TheGroovyBaker says:

    My mom did macrame ~ and we had a macrame owl in the house growing up...this was awesome, brought back memories! :D

    1 year ago

  • DressyDollsCompany

    Leila from DressyDollsCompany says:

    That owl is HUGE! Very cool.

    1 year ago

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace from VintageMarketPlace says:

    wow that does take me back. I love the owls and really need to learn this art.

    1 year ago

  • AKingsThings

    Pamela King from AKingsThings says:

    Great article.. .we welcome it back with a NEW twist.

    1 year ago

  • huiBs

    Hui Boon Khor from HuiBs says:

    Remember friendship bands? ..... Macramé! Used to sell those when I was in high school to 'enhance' my allowance and my friends bring it up every reunion! My yearbook would have said - Most likely to set up an Etsy store - if there was an Etsy then;)

    1 year ago

  • Ellareki

    Ellareki from Ellareki says:

    That huge owl is brilliant and the last sentence of rivahside's comment made me laugh so hard! :)

    1 year ago

  • threecuteflowers

    Nata from threecuteflowers says:

    wow! I love macrame too:)

    1 year ago

  • humblebea

    Natalie from humbleBea says:

    I love this article and was so happy to see macraMe's Mariana and Paula as one of the featured shops! I have one of their darling owl necklaces hanging on my wall and I just love it! Hooray, girls!

    1 year ago

  • GoddessEngraving

    Joanna Alley from GlassGoddessNgraving says:

    OHH this reminds me , I need to do some macreme plant hangers for my pergola. :) Wonderful read!

    1 year ago

  • adayathome

    adayathome from PINKJALUZI says:

    I love it WONDERFUL finds!

    1 year ago

  • lachicadelosanillos

    Sarah Robinson from lachicadelosanillos says:

    Wonderful!!! I love the pink owl!!!

    1 year ago

  • jenbar95

    Jennifer from JellyLou says:

    Nice! I remember a macrame plant hanger my Mom made in the 70's!

    1 year ago

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique says:

    Macrame never was my forte, but these are some sweet picks! :0)

    1 year ago

  • paramountvintage

    kristin from blackmoonsky says:

    i have amazing vintage macrame plant holders throughout my house. i love the bright updated colors in this article. and using them to hold mason jars is a great idea too :)

    1 year ago

  • SoftForest

    Betty Heppner from SoftForest says:

    My dad used to do MaCRAme emphasis on the second syllable, during WW11 when he was in England. He made string shopping bags for spare change. He taught me in the 60's. Thank you for the arabic word for it, I always wondered why he pronounce it with the accent on the second syllable and not the first as it was in the 70's! I haven't done any in years now!

    1 year ago

  • FunkyJunkyVintage

    FunkyJunkyVintage from FunkyJunkyVintage says:

    I really hope that my multiple posts in the forums about adding macrame as a search category will be taken to heart. My first shop on Etsy was macrame based, and while gathering lots of comments and "hearts", it did not do very well as per sales. So, I've merged my macrame into my vintage shop and have sold a few pre-made and I've been lucky to have had many custom order requests. but it's still frustrating to go to list and not find much in the way of choices as how to categorize things. Is it art? Housewares? Home decor? I've listed my things under all 3. Thankfully, people have found me. I really love the craft, I'm aware of my parameters and somewhat stick to the designs that come out of my head (i.e. no huge light installations, wall hangings, etc.) and the process is very therapeutic. Now, if I can just get those wrinkles out of my backdrops....

    1 year ago

  • TinasBeadMind

    Tina Francis from TinasBeadMind says:

    Fascinating article. Back in the 70's I made macrame beaded necklaces and I'm sad to say that I sold almost every one of them and only have two left. I get compliments on them whenever I wear them and there are some very talented jewelry artists today who make beautiful macrame jewelry. I'm sure there are some right here on Etsy. I love the pieces in your photographs and can't wait until I have time to visit the shops you have mentions. Perhaps I'll try my hand at it again. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    1 year ago

  • meloss35

    MELEK UMAÇ from Babyborn says:

    was really very nice, congratulations. I liked it very much

    1 year ago

  • InnerWild

    Flora from InnerWild says:

    Loving this article and loving the wonderful comments from people who practised macrame in the 70's, brilliant.

    1 year ago

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry from pinksnakejewelry says:

    Very Cool Post!

    1 year ago

  • guext65

    JW Lin from JWPersonalShop says:

    great job!

    1 year ago

  • supernatural808

    Sue Lau says:

    Macrame & gemstones or any type of beads is cool :-)

    1 year ago

  • mienkintoshfairie

    Aja' from mienkintoshfairie says:

    I will admit, I have never been into macrame and thought it was just for old folks. But this article has proven me a bit wrong. After all, quilting is another dying art form for the older ladies, but that is an art that I embrace and try to modernize by using it with my totes and hair bows. Cool article! Now if only I could macrame my own lace trim...

    1 year ago

  • SteampunkRelics

    Kevin Cooper from SteampunkRelics says:

    I used to do macramé, mostly plant holders and one large curtain/room divider. Oh, and one hanger for a fish-bowl.

    1 year ago

  • BrightFireBeads

    BrightFireBeads from BrightFireBeads says:

    Macrame is Marvelous! That little owl reminds me of the macrame owl earrings Michelle Pfeiffer wore in Dark Shadows.

    1 year ago

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo from NicoAndMooMoo says:

    Whoa, this is the macramé you don't expect! :)

    1 year ago

  • ovejanegra

    Rosario from ovejanegra says:

    such a great article!!! love to see my friends from Macrame lovely picture featured here!!!

    1 year ago

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    Darlene Jones from RomanceCatsAndWhimsy says:

    I always thought macrame was really stylish - we used the plant holders. I do like the new cool looks as well. I'm glad macrame is back! :)

    1 year ago

  • lizzaston

    Lizz Aston from lizzaston says:

    I'm a fibre artist and I have been working with macrame and knot-work as a major theme in my practice for years!!! Here's are a couple links if you would like to check it out! http://cityofcraft.blogspot.ca/2009/11/installation-artist-spotlight-lizz.html www.lizzaston.com http://lizz-aston.blogspot.com/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/lizzaston/

    1 year ago

  • ZorroPlateado

    Carole from ZorroPlateado says:

    Love this article!

    1 year ago

  • buttagal

    LC from cafedebutta says:

    i love the fabulous colours.

    1 year ago

  • SarahOfSweden

    Sarah Flood from SarahOfSweden says:

    Great post! Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    I can never make my mind up about macrame, I think done well it looks great but done badly and it just reminds me of that avocado bath we used to have at home...

    1 year ago

  • SolskenDesign

    Nina from SolskenDesign says:

    Nicely written article! Late 70's child here, so got my share of the era. There was a long time I honestly detested brown (the sofa had that colour), but now it's one of my go-to colours. Macramé was mostly around on the balcony as a pot thingy, I got a book on the subject and have been on the fence for a decade or so - should I learn the craft or not? I always associated it to the beige stuff, but this is mind-blowing really. I see some macramé in my future, me thinks!

    1 year ago

  • smithmeme

    Meme Smith says:

    Andy you are one seriously talented guy. Being able to do not only Macrame, upholstering ie the burger etc and jewellery your skills are wide based. I love them all but I must say my personal favourites are the owls and the bangles. Love, love, love your work. Judy

    1 year ago

  • aroluna

    Irene from aroluna says:

    que felicidad! recien lo veo! Congratulations Mariana and Paula. Great feature, Etsy, awaited post about macrame, and perfect choice for the main picture!!

    1 year ago

  • PerceptionUnlimited

    Ella Birt from ExistentialElla says:

    my shop is all macrame, all the time. i got my inspiration during the 80s. i would sell bracelets for a quarter on the playground. :) thanks for this article, ideas a'flowin'

    1 year ago

  • ButterflyMoon

    Jennifer Robison from TheHempButterfly says: Featured

    Great article. I am also a macrame artist. Macrame is funky, fun and fashionable. Recently saw some dresses on the runway. I'm loving that people can see how versatile it is.

    1 year ago

  • ebkriley

    EBK Riley from DeeAndFee says: Featured

    I am of the generation that learned macrame in art class at middle school, so I loved this piece. I still use a lot of the knotting and beading skills I learned back then in my work now. I guess, for me, macrame was a "gateway" craft! Thanks for the post.

    1 year ago

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  • retromonkeys

    Mary Beth from retromonkeys says:

    I would have liked the article to mention the availability of vintage macrame pattern booklets. The supplies category is ignored again :(

    1 year ago

  • roaritsally

    roaritsally from Caviesincozies says:

    oh my gosh your items are beautiful!!! I wish i had pertinence to do that. haha.

    1 year ago

  • roaritsally

    roaritsally from Caviesincozies says:

    patience *

    1 year ago

  • TheZenMuse

    Yvonne from TheZenMuse says:

    This looks like an amazing escape tool where you just get lost in the craft. If I ever have time I may take this up as a hobby to relax. Beautiful work!

    1 year ago

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts says:

    Enjoyed learning some of the history behind macrame. I remember seeing lots of it in the 70's but never tried it myself. Thanks for the article!

    1 year ago

  • hallmark55

    Beth Hallmark from GaiasAura says:

    As one that did the whole macrame thingy in the 70's it is so refreshing to see your work bringing it all back with fresh new ideas! Great Job!

    1 year ago

  • SkyBox

    Jenny from SkyBox says:

    Neat!

    1 year ago

  • Lavaware

    Michelle from ClusteredDucks says:

    As someone who thinks a little bad taste can be a good thing, I will definitely be giving this a try!

    1 year ago

  • RECCIEatETSY

    Clarice Booth from RECCIEatETSY says:

    Absolutely love the hugh owl! I have always liked macrame. I remember my sister constantly macraming . She kept a hook at the top of a door frame in her livingroom with her latest project hanging from it. I still have macramed side table she created in the 70's in a bright burnt orange.

    1 year ago

  • Cumba

    Anella from DueAmiche says:

    Interesting article, but maybe you should have mentioned macramé in Italy and especially in Liguria. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDQfUY5SEXg I will post something in English soon.

    1 year ago

  • morenamacrame

    MORENA PIRRI from morenamacrame says:

    I love macrame' too. Hello.

    1 year ago

  • bombastitch

    Kristy Kizzee from bombastitch says:

    Wonderful blog! I love macramé ♥

    1 year ago

  • artwink

    Paula from artwinkjewelry says:

    I have fond memories of macramé. It's great to see a revival and the new and interesting was it is being used. Thanks for the fresh perspective Lisa.

    1 year ago

  • FlsbyLynne

    Lynne Goodwin from LynnesKnotBoard says:

    Very nice article on macrame. I macramed long ago and love that I can do it again with all the great beads, cords, etc.and I especially love seeing great macrame artisians on Etsy.

    1 year ago

  • Knotgypsy

    Knotgypsy from KnotGypsyDesigns says:

    Or how about another new trend in macrame - micro macrame beaded jewelry? Here are two of several shops now exploring this version of macrame: My shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KnotGypsyDesigns?ref=ss_profile And another shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KnotJustMacrame?ref=ss_profile

    1 year ago

  • maximkaflovich

    Nazim Seliakhov from Elarium says:

    Very creative things, i'm impressed a lot. Also check out my ETSYstore, i have very nice rings and necklace.

    1 year ago

  • JanetR

    Janet from JanetR says:

    Great article! Love macramé, especially the cute owl magnet! Also the planters....

    1 year ago

  • Vanthia

    Vanthia says:

    my mom did macrame back in the 70s, but passed a love of it down to me... and I still do it though I think a large number of women might be surprised to learn that they actually already know some macrame - girls of my generation, especially fellow girl scouts, were making friendship bracelets all the time (especially me), and it took me a few years to find out that that was actually macrame. all those fancy patterns for doing friendship bracelets out of embroidery floss - macrame. (at least all the ones I have are, and I collected as many free patterns from the embroidery floss display as I could back then) also, you mention lace in the article, and since I just started learning it I've gotta say - tatting is essentially macrame's other half. there are some techniques unique to it, but it doesn't have the variety of knots that macrame does (and macrame is the opposite - it has more knots, but is missing certain construction techniques from tatting).. knowing both I can't help but think they just go together and are the same thing but somehow got split in half over the centuries (maybe due to some of the disconnect between women making lace and sailors making things out of rope?)

    1 year ago

  • Vanthia

    Vanthia says:

    I apologize for the blob of text...apparently the comment editor doesn't acknowledge line breaks (or at least they're not showing up for me in the comment I just made). ...it was supposed to be three paragraphs, so if a few sentences seem like they blend together, that would be why.

    1 year ago

  • LaECLECTICa

    LaECLECTICa from Laeclectica says:

    I love buying macrame pieces, but admit it seems very overwhelming to try and learn the craft. My hats off to macrame artists, great post!

    1 year ago

  • zizolabel

    zizolabel from zizolabel says:

    I've got no memories of macrame, but am intrigued by the different shapes and sizes, a lot is possible!

    1 year ago

  • shuqi

    Emily Lim from shuqi says:

    Wow, look get the Macrame detail. So, brilliant. Love the bag and owl. Is gorgeous:) Double like it;-)

    1 year ago

  • SewSimplyFresh

    Kim Opoku-Ansah from StitchLightly says:

    Beautiful. Those who can do this amazing craft are very talented!

    1 year ago

  • suncitydesigns

    Lynn Walburg from SunCityDesigns says:

    I have always loved macramé. Great article.

    1 year ago

  • bohemiancat

    Linda from Bluebohemia says:

    I enjoyed reading. In the 70s I made macrame items and sold them and used them myself! This inspires me to give it another try. Thanks for the article.

    1 year ago

  • VintageLoot

    Jennifer Johnson from VintageLoot says:

    My Mom was really into that. Good times. I have to say, some of it was hideous. Love the new neons!

    1 year ago