Macramé! The DIY craze everyone’s talking about
Macramé has been popular for years but it is having a major moment again, seriously trending in the DIY and Interior world!
It’s not hard to see why, as there’s something special about putting all your focus in to a project made with your hands, and ending up with a beautiful piece which you can actually use.
The end product of Macramé can be used decoratively, as a wall-hanging or window covering, which can be a cost-effective and stylish addition to your Winter housing revamp, bringing sophistication and texture to any space.
So how do you actually do it?
Macramé is a technique which requires various combinations of repetitive knots or ‘hitches’ on any type of cord, twine or rope. You also need something to tie your knots to, which is often done with rods, branches or hoops. The type of knot used depends on the project, and there are lots of free Macramé patterns online to guide you through which knot will suit which project.
We spoke to Macramé teachers Peter and Chris from Merchant & Green to help us newbies get some inspo and delve deeper in to this fab craft!
Do you have a preferred material that you like to use?
We really like using natural fibres like cotton cord, or hemp twine. You can also experiment with rope, leather and decorative beads to decorate them. If your into recycling/sustainability then check out Reverse Garage on Addison road in Marrickville, it’s a recycling collection and sometimes that have twine, cords and post waste that can we reworked into macramé.
What is your favourite type of knot and why?
The classic knots are square, full-hitch and double half-hitches. They are all useful in different ways, depending on what you are making.
What advice do you have for those wanting to find their own style?
Try to master the basics, by making lots of practice pieces. So they become easy and then move on to the complex knots and designs. Pinterest and Insta have lots of great ideas to explore.
What is your process for coming up with new ideas? Do you start with materials or an idea first?
We always looking for new fibres, twines and cords to try. Make Macramé a regular craft for yourself and maybe your friends, pick a project and try building your skills over time. Then you can also experiment with some good old fashioned trial and error, seeing if new ideas work as a wall decoration which embodies sophistication and brings texture.
If this got your creative juices flowing (like it did ours!) we are hosting our very own Macrame Workshop with Peter and Chris themselves, so you can learn off the masters, and hopefully end up with a fun new hobby to keep you busy this winter. Bookings are essential, so get in quick.