Macrame Madness

I am in LOVE with macrame. Not your mother's 1970's macrame, but huge installation size pieces like these large scale works by Sally England , these are the pieces that first grabbed my interest. I heard an interview with Sally on the Craft Sanity podcast while I was driving one day and I extended my trip just to hear the end of the interview. I immediately started following Sally on Instagram, ordered an old school macrame book because I couldn't even find a newly published one and started trying to track down supplies. I became obsessed.....

 Photo from www.sallyengland.com

Photo from www.sallyengland.com

With Sally's interior work.....

 Photo from www.sallyengland.com

Photo from www.sallyengland.com

and with the physical process of making large macrame pieces......

 and most of all with Sally's large scale, modern, installation size pieces. As my thirst for macrame grew, I became frustrated with the patterns and instructions in my outdated book. Finally, almost a year later, I had the opportunity to go to a macrame workshop with Annabel Wrigley. Annabel untied the mystery of the knots, no pattern needed, just a working knot vocabulary. I was off and running, or knotting as the case may be. Now I can look at a piece like this huge two story owl, created by Andy Harman, currently on display in the SOHO, Manhattan, J. Crew store and understand how to create it myself, if I had a huge warehouse, scaffolding and the thousands of yards of raffia needed to bring it to life that is.

I am lucky enough to be doing custom macrame work, along with filling my own home with knots-a-plenty. I get the occasional wrinkled nose, along with an "I remember my mother doing that" comment, but I know sooner rather than later macrame is going to be BIG again and 'knot' just in an Anthropolgie store display or in the window of a hip Brooklyn eatery. Macrame is coming to a living room near you! Consider yourself warned.

If you are interested in untying the mystery of macrame, or just having a drink and a giggle, join us at Craft Camp for Mimosas and Macrame on Saturday, October 3rd. You never know....you may find yourself tied to a new obsession.