elvish macrame

When my mom was a teenager in the 70’s she and her sisters used to make and sell macramé at the flea markets. When I was growing up we had a lot of her leftover projects around the house. Mostly in the form of plant hangers. She taught me how to make macramé bracelets when I was a little girl.

Now I’m seeing a resurgence of the macramé trend everywhere. There are a lot of fresh new designs that take this old art form from hippie to hipster mod. Check out these examples.

This beautiful labradorite necklace from the Macremania shop. A little bit Elvish, a little bit festival.

micro macremeAnd these cuffs from Knot Just Macramé. The maker of these bangles uses the term “micro macreme” I love the idea. That pattern looks tricky but I love the airy lacey result as opposed to the more traditional tightly woven styles that can be bulky. Macramé can tend to get really stiff too, especially when made with hemp twine so I’m leaning toward the more delicate patterns.

microme brass earingsThese beautiful boho dangles are another example of micro macramé. This time the artist used Italian waxed cord and solid brass beads.

If you’ve never tried your hand at macramé, it essentially consists of tying a series of various knots. The materials you will need depend on the project your working on but string, twine or cord are always involved. Red Heart, the yarn brand has put together a nice instructional on learning six of the most basic macramé knots. It’s not a jewelry project but it’s a good way to practice so that your first jewelry project isn’t so frustrating. http://blog.redheart.com/how-to-make-6-common-macrame-knots/

Learning macramé is kind of like learning to knit or crochet. You can learn the basics and stick to the same simple patterns or if you’re patient and dedicated you can branch into all kinds of different intricate and complex patterns. It’s really up to you. Have fun tying.