MACRAME

Having a background in Weaving I was always interested int he finished of a warp, macrame became a staple of that practice as i could not only choose how to finish by i could also choose the complexity of the knots to add character or to tell a story.

So what is Macrame?

Macramé is a form of textile produced using knotting (rather than weaving or knitting) techniques.

The primary knots of macramé are the square (or reef knot) and forms of “hitching”: various combinations of half hitches. It was long crafted by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms, to cover anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships.

Cavandoli macramé is one variety that is used to form geometric and free-form patterns like weaving. The Cavandoli style is done mainly in a single knot, the double half-hitch knot. Reverse half hitches are sometimes used to maintain balance when working left and right halves of a balanced piece.

Leather or fabric belts are another accessory often created via macramé techniques. Most friendship bracelets exchanged among schoolchildren and teens are created using this method. Vendors at theme parks, malls, seasonal fairs and other public places may sell macramé jewellery or decoration as well.

Basics and beginner friendly starting points

https://www.deserres.ca/en/creative-space/techniques/technique-four-basic-macrame-knots

This website is a great resource tool that I use regularly, it has alot of beginner knots which are user friendly and fun to do. Have a go and see how fun and how much you can get carried away!

Remember to have fun!

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