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Learn the Art of Macramé

Learn the Art of  Macramé

Resurgence of Macramé

Macramé, the art of knotting cords made of jute, hemp, cotton, or leather, has made a huge comeback from the 70s.

Read on to learn more about this knotting craft and find knot tying instructions, macramé books, and directions to make your own cording.

You'll find links to instructions for the knots necessary to create beautiful, natural works of art.

As you age, you tend to notice that the clothing that was once popular in your much younger days becomes the hottest new styles decades later.

The same is true in the crafting world. 

Just like the art of quilting, which I did with my grandmother during my teens, embroidery which I used to decorate pillowcases when I was young, and cross stitch, which I used to make a beautiful, almost painted-like picture as a gift for my parents, macrame is back in vogue.

What is Macramé?

Macramé is a very unique fiber art. It is made by knotting cords, which come in various gauges, into a beautiful work of art. 

Macramé is very different from the needlework arts I mentioned above that use thread, yarn or embroidery floss, although it too uses a string material.

As mentioned above, macramé uses cords made most often of jute, hemp, cotton twine, linen or leather.  No needles are used; instead, the crafter ties a series of square and half knots, among others, to create a piece of textile art.Macrame Snowflake

Oftentimes, shells, wooden or glass beads, or dyed cord is used to embellish the masterpieces.

Macramé projects range from very simple to very complex, all of them beautiful.  Crafters new to macramé usually find that they can quickly advance to the more complex patterns since only a handful of knots are used in all macramé projects.

Macramé’s History

In the 13th-century, Arab weavers were the first to use macramé.  They used knots along the extra thread of the objects that they had hand-loomed, such as shawls, bath towels, veils and rugs, to form a decorative fringe. 

After the conquest by the Moors, this method of art was taken to Spain, eventually making its way to Europe.  Most historians believe that macramé was introduced to England in the late 17th century by Mary II who taught it to her ladies-in-waiting. 

It's important to note that sailors spent their spare hours creating objects using a knotting technique which they called "McNamara's Lace". 

They made such things as hammocks, belts, knife covers, and bottle holders.  Some of these items, like the bottle holders and knife covers, were used by the sailors themselves; however, many of the knotted creations like hammocks and belts were sold or traded when the sailors made land.

Textile piece, macramé (AM 16090-3)Attribution: Auckland Museum. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

This spread the art of macramé to many other countries such as China and America.

Macramé was most popular during the Victorian era, where you could find many macramé items used decoratively in the beautiful Victorian homes, such as tablecloths, curtains, and bed coverings.

In the 1970s, long after artisans lost interest in the art of macramé, it once again became hugely popular. 

Crafters used macramé to create a wide range of items, such as jewelry, wall hangings, plant hangers, purses, tablecloths, bedspreads, and much much more.

By the early 1980s, macramé again lost its popularity and was no longer trendy.

Welcome Back, Macrame!

Today, macramé has risen from the ashes to once again become a popular art of knot tying. 

We have listed many links below to Macramé books, knot instructions, and patterns for various macramé projects. Click here to learn more about knotting.

Now, what type of cord to use to make my daughter one of those lovely plant hangers that she has admired in the stores?


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 Chic Macrame for Beginners

Chic Macrame for Beginners

A step-by-step beginner's guide to macramé.

Be Creative: Fill your Home and Garden with Chic and Modern Decorations.
by Florence Lefevre - Paperback - Published 2020 Affiliate Link to Amazon

 Macramé

Macramé

This Book Includes:
* Guide for Beginners + Knots & Patterns.
* A Complete Guide to Mastering Macramé.
* Improve Your Designs with Illustrated Projects and Handmade Patterns for Home and Garden.
by Emma Elliott - Paperback - Published 2020 Affiliate Link to Amazon

 Macrame Beginner's Guide

Macrame Beginner's Guide

In this book you will learn how you can make beautiful macramé knots for your household decorations; ranging from your beautiful wall hangings, plant hangers, table runners, jewelry, etc. by Lily Alex - Paperback - Published 2020 Affiliate Link to Amazon

 Macrame for Beginners and Beyond

Macrame for Beginners and Beyond

24 Easy Macrame projects for Home and Garden by Amy Mullins, Marnia Ryan-Raison - Paperback - Published 2017 Affiliate Link to Amazon

 Macramé Projects

Macramé Projects

A Step-by-Step Guide with 29 Projects to Create Stunning Plant Hanger, Backdrops and Plant Hanger Wall Art, Pillows and More. by Anne Duval - Paperback - Published 2020 Affiliate Link to Amazon

9 Stunning Macrame Patterns and Knots for Beginners

9 Stunning Macrame Patterns and Knots for Beginners

Macrame is a beautiful art form that only requires very few tools - Cord, scissor and something to support the project. With these patterns and knots, even beginners can make something special. By Sarah Wishoff at Most Craft

Double Half Hitch

The Double Half Hitch (DHH) is the primary knot used in Macrame. Learn it here. Free Macrame Patterns

Double Half Hitch

Learn how to tie a double half hitch knot that is taught to Boy Scouts at a scouting website. Scouter Life

Double Half Hitch (Diagonally)

With this tutorial learn how to tie the double half hitch knot. United Knots

Free Macrame eBook

Download Bochiknot's Free Macramé 50 Knots eBook to Learn the Different Types of Knots to Create Thousands of Beautiful Macramé Projects & Designs. Bochiknot

Gathering Knot

The basic macrame wrap knot is the gathering knot. Learn how to make a gathering knot. Beading Tutorials

Half Hitch Knot - How to Make a Half Hitch Knot

Half Hitch Knot - How to Make a Half Hitch Knot

This tutorial will show how to make a spiral knot using only two cords. This knot is also known as the half hitch spiral knot. Needlepointers.com

Indian Hemp - Part 1 - Collecting & Preparing Dogbane

Indian Hemp - Part 1 - Collecting & Preparing Dogbane

How to collect and prepare dogbane for making Indian Hemp cordage. Tim Rosanelli YouTube Channel

Indian Hemp - Part 2 - Making Cordage

Indian Hemp - Part 2 - Making Cordage

How to make natural Dogbane Indian Hemp Cordage. Tim Rosanelli YouTube Channel

Indian Hemp - Part 3 - Doubling Cordage

Indian Hemp - Part 3 - Doubling Cordage

How to make the cordage stronger and thicker by doubling the cordage. Learn how. Tim Rosanelli YouTube Channel

Knot - Crown Knot

This site shows step by step photo instructions on how to make a beautiful macrame crown knot using four or more groups of cords. tses Home Page

Knots - Macrame Knots

Want to know how to do a basic or vintage macrame knot? This is the site. Lots and lots of know instructions. Free Macrame Patterns

Knots - Simple Macrame Knots

Knots - Simple rope twist I, simple ttwist II, square knot and monks' cord. Girl Scout Troop 1379

Knots-Macrame Knots

Photos on how to make 20 different macrame knots, including lesser known knots such as the Josephine knot, the interlocking square knot, and the square knot button. tses Home Page

Larks Head Knot

The larks head knot is a basic macrame knot. Learn how to do the larks head knot and the reverse larks head knot with this tutorial. Free Macrame Patterns

Larks Head Knot Instructions

How to tie a larks head knot. The Spruce Crafts

Macrame Dictionary

This Macrame Dictionary will help you learn the terms and abbreviations used in this craft. Free-macrame-patterns.com

Macrame Terms and Abbreviations

Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations Commonly used in Macramé Hub Pages

Overhand Knot

Basic macrame knot tutorial - the overhand knot. Koel Magazine

Overhand Knot (3 ways)

Learn three different ways to tie an overhand knot. WikiHow

Overhand Knot Instructions

The Overhand knot (OH) is the easiest of all the Macrame knots and is found in most patterns. Free Macrame Patterns

Projects - Macrame Projects

Lots of free macrame projects - plant hangers, animal patterns, fashion items, handbags, home decor and furniture. Free Macrame Patterns

Spiral Knot

The Spiral Stitch is also called the Half Knot Spiral, because it's made with 1/2 of a Square Knot. Learn how to make the spiral knot at this site. Free Macrame Patterns

Spiral Knot

This webpage will show you how to macrame the half knot spiral. Bochiknot

Spiral Stitch Knot

Photo tutorial along with written instructions. Mandala Life Art

Square Knot  - How to tie a square knot

Square Knot - How to tie a square knot

Learn how to tie the square knot.

Stitch - Linen Stitch

How to do the linen stitch in macrame. Free Macrame Patterns

Surgeon's Knot

Surgeon's Knot

Learn how to tie a surgeon's knot by watching our video tutorial and reading our step-by-step instructions. Needlepointers.com

Wrap Knot (Gathering Knot)

Learn how to tie a macrame wrap knot, a really great knot to finish off tassels. Wool and the Gang









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