Marvelous Macrame

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

Tags: Macrame, DIY, question to readers,

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 !!

3/11/2010 2:25:19 AM

My mother was a hippie and it was she who taught me how to macrame. I've made all sorts of great things, mostly plant holders. However, the biggest project I ever made was an end table that hangs from the ceiling and uses a big round piece of glass (we found it in one of our dumpster dive adventures) for the table top. It took me two weeks to make it and an ungodly amount of cord! Mom still has it in her living room though! :-)

debbie _2
3/10/2010 5:12:27 PM

I'm looking for a pattern for a hanging table. I am going to try to use baling twine to make some tables for my sunroom. We were burning the twine so I want to recycle it if I can.

3/10/2010 4:03:11 PM

Yes, it was definitely the 60s when we made all of that macrame. I made gobbs of necklaces but also made a hanging lamp for a friend and an aztec sundial for my brother-in-law.I gave all of my supplies away in the 70s.

k rhome
3/10/2010 2:31:55 PM

I've made bunches of macrame projects over the years. NO owl but floor to ceiling hanging tables with a lamp and a planter above the table. Would take almost a day to comb the fringe out. Sold or gave these away. I've also made jewelry, a magazine stand and hanging shelves (the shelves were boards). My cats like these shelves so much they demolished the cording so I now need to put it back together. Need some cat-proof cord. lol

robin c. rutan_1
3/10/2010 12:28:00 PM

It was the early 70's when my then mother-in-law gave me a beautifully done macrame handbag. The work was exquisite and I believe it took her a lot of work, but she didn't like me much and it showed in the bright orange which she used for the project. It never occured to me to re-dye it.

3/10/2010 10:08:08 AM

I was in junior and senior high in the 80s and learned to macrame. My Girl Scout troop was earning money to go to a camp out west so we made a lot of macrame crafts to sell at craft shows. I know I made at least one owl and some plant holders. Wish I remembered how to do it now, I could use some neat plant holders!

3/10/2010 9:17:51 AM

Since when are the 1980's 'hippie-days'? I think you must have meant the 60's as I was in high school in the 80's and never learned it or knew anyone who knew how.

3/5/2010 5:22:02 AM

Back in middle school and high school I made gazillions of macrame plant hangers for my family's craft business, and of course I made the requisite owl wall hanging (which, naturally, I still have, despite the fact it's missing one eye due to a broken wooden bead). I also made a hanging lamp for my bedroom. When it came time for my high school band to make the trip to Disney World, my parents offered to cover whatever my candy bar sales didn't cover if I'd make them a macrame hanging lamp like mine - and now, 30 years later, both those lamps still hang in my parents' home (along with some of my plant hangers!)....including in my old bedroom! OK, it's not that outlandish really, but I haven't seen any other home that still has so much macrame still in use or on display!

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