Macramé is a remarkable form of textile made by knotting techniques instead of knitting or weaving.
This decorative knot-tying is believed to have originated from Arabic weaving way back in the 13th century. It was popularly used to add decorative fringes on bath towels, shawls and veils back then. Over time, it traveled and spread throughout Europe. It became the most popular in the Victorian era having almost every home adorned with this craft.
Although at some point, the macramé trend faded, it regained its popularity in the 1970s. It then fell out of fashion again a decade later.
Today, with the birth of the internet and social media, macramé got revived, yet again. This craft is increasing in popularity now more than ever before.
In macramé crafting, you’ll be needing only a few essentials.
- Threads and Cords – In choosing the cords, you’ll need to picture out the finished product. Use stiffer cords for more distinctly shaped knots.
Cords: Superlon, Chinese knotting cords, rattail, wax cotton, leather thong and paracords
- Findings – These are little pieces that are usually made of metal used in finishing items such as jewelry and other accessories.
Unlike what most beginners think, macramé is not a complex form of art. You can even create amazing projects just by learning a few basic knots. Here are the three most common knots used in macramé.
- Square Knots
Basically, two cord ends of even thickness are joined in making square knots.
- Half-hitch Knots
This one is a basic knot done in another cord or over a bar or a ring.
- Spiral Knots
This is just half a square knot repeated in the same direction making the cords twist.
When making macramé pieces, the sky is the limit.
- Wall hangings
- Hanging baskets
- Plant hangers
Macramé is definitely a must-try art. Learning this craft is not that hard at all because of all the resources available out there. Wondering what your first macramé project will be? Give it a try!