A Brief History of Macrame

A Brief History of Macrame

If you've ever marveled at those intricate knotted designs hanging from plant hangers or adorning wall hangings, you're in for a treat. Today, we're unraveling the history of macrame, from its ancient roots to its contemporary resurgence.

Ancient Macrame

Let's rewind the clock way back to ancient times. Macrame (pronounced mah-crah-may) actually has its roots in Arabic weavings during the 13th century. Sailors in the Mediterranean region picked up on these techniques and began using them to knot intricate patterns to decorate everything from hammocks to bottle covers aboard ships. 

As exploration and trade expanded, so did the popularity of macrame. It spread across continents, with various cultures adding their own twists and techniques. In the 17th century, macrame became particularly trendy in England, where it was used to create elaborate laces and trimmings for clothing and home decor.

Fast forward to the 1970s, and macrame reached the peak of its popularity during the bohemian craze. Every stylish home had its fair share of macrame wall hangings, plant holders, and even clothing. It was the epitome of groovy! However, as trends tend to do, macrame fell out of fashion for a while.

In recent years, this ancient craft has made a glorious comeback. With the rise of the DIY movement and a newfound appreciation for handmade goods, macrame is once again in the spotlight. You'll find modern makers putting their own spin on traditional techniques, creating stunning pieces that blend the old with the new.

Getting Started with Macrame

If you're itching to try your hand at macrame, with just a few basic supplies and some patience, you can start creating your own beautiful knotted creations in no time. Here's what you'll need to get started:

Macrame cord

Macrame Cord: This is the backbone of your project. Choose a cord that's appropriate for the type of project you're tackling—thicker cords for larger pieces, and thinner cords for delicate designs.

Scissors: A good pair of sharp scissors is essential for cutting your cord and trimming those pesky stray ends.

A Macrame Pattern: Whether you're following a tutorial online or creating your own design, having a pattern to work from will keep you on track.

Anchors & Decoration: While rings and dowels are popular, there are lots of other options for your macrame projects. Natural branches or driftwood, copper poles, and large hoops are a good start. Often beads and other decorations are also used. 

Accessories: Other items that you will find useful is a ruler or measuring tape, pegs, brush or comb, crochet hook, bead threader, knotting board etc. 

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