Marvelous Macrame

| 3/4/2010 4:49:53 PM

Back in the hippie-days of the 1970s and ’80s, making macramé crafts was hugely popular. People made macramé swings, plant-pot holders, window coverings and hanging shelf units. It was an inexpensive, yet creative decorating medium. Personally, I enjoyed learning to tie the knots more than making any particular craft.

Were you a member of the macramé generation or have you taken up the craft recently? In either case, tell us about the most outlandish macramé project you ever completed. Post your story in the comments section, below.

4/2/2010 10:33:07 AM

I did macrame back in the mid to late 70s. Typical wall hangings, plant hangers. I always hoped it would make a comeback as far as style. I mean shag carpet has, why not macrame. Even colors come and go. The old avocado-colored refrigerator would now be some "new" green color.

3/13/2010 10:37:08 PM

I've never made anything in macrame - it's a girls' thing. But my mother, who was a bit of a hippy, was right into handcrafts including pottery and leather work.. She made table mats, a hanging chair, planter hangers, belts and caps from macrame. For the caps, she used a kitchen bowl as a foundation. She still does embroidery and tapestry but she complains her eyes are wearing out.

3/11/2010 3:18:06 AM

I learnt to macrame at primary school, I've made lots of things over the years including head collars for horses, collars for dogs, pot plant holders, standard stuff, but the best and everyone thought I was totally nuts... I macramed a heavy duty tow rope for 4 x 4's, the people needed one, they only had a whole bunch of thin ski rope so I quickly macramed a heavy duty tow rope. It works like a treat !!

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