6 March, 2020
Handmade Macrame Wall Hanging – In Style
What is Macrame
Macrame is a technique of knotting rather than knitting or crocheting. The first knots used in macrame were the square knots, the half-hitch. Many times geometric patterns are formed. A large variety of materials can be used, from cotton twine, nylon twine, rope, yarn, leather, hemp, and jute. Objects are often woven into, such as beads, pendants, and shells.
History of Macrame
It’s believed that macrame originated in the 13th century with the Arab-weavers. Others think that it dates back to 500 B.C. with Persians and Syrians making their clothes. Fringe-like plaiting and braiding adorned the costumes of the time and were carved in their stone statuary (Wikipedia).
Macrame was most popular during the Victorian era. Homes were decorated with wall hangings, table cloths, and curtains. In the 19th century, sailors made belts and hammocks by using the macrame technique.
The 1970s is the era we are most familiar with when it comes to the popularity of macrame. People were making clothing, jewelry, plant hangers, and bedspreads. By the time the 1980s came around, macrame was falling back out of the fashion limelight again. Yikes! Not going to miss any of this, are you?
Macrame of Today
Today’s macrame has changed a lot from what us old folks remember from our youth. The lines are clean and fresh. No more old stinky jute for me. I hated working with that stuff. It was messy, and the smell reminded me of something old and moldy!
I like to work with the 3 mm cotton twine. It’s soft, pliable, and works up smoothly. Another one that I like is the nylon twine that I can get from Hobby Lobby. It comes in a variety of colors and is fun to mix and match. Adding decorative pendants and beading can break up an otherwise dull group of knots.
The steer skull and conchos give these smaller wall hangings a bit of Southwest flavor. Many sellers categorize their work as being Boho. Boho refers to Bohemian or someone who doesn’t conform to society and are focused on art. To be full of life and individualistic in culture.
You really can make many things besides the traditional belts, plant hangars, and owls. Some projects can take be quite large and take on a new dimension to your home decor. Here’s an example of a curtain found on Amazon.com. If you click the image, it will take you to the website where you will see the different types of wool and twine that were used in creating this piece of art.
Macrame in the Future
This simple form of art will stay with us for generations to come. It’s hard to say how popular it will be going forward. If you liked any of the pieces shown above, please feel free to go to the shopping page and see all that is for sale by The Painted Pinecone
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