I have noticed the use of rope and twine in many of the recent interior décor catalogs.
|Pottery Barn catalog|
With so many items covered in rope and sisal, I guess it’s not surprising that macramé has become part of that trend. There seems to be a difference, though. Today’s macramé seems to be lighter in appearance than the macramé of a few decades ago. Where one could hardly see a plant peeking out from a heavily knotted jute plant hanger of the 70’s, the new macramé is thinner so the container it holds, often clear glass, is more visible.
Since I made some of those heavy plant hangers back in the 70's, I decided to try my hand at knotting some of the new lighter versions. I had long ago thrown away my macramé instruction books, but I did a little online research, bought some jute from Hobby Lobby and just made up the designs as I went along. I was surprised how many of the knotting techniques came back to me once I got the cord in my hands.
I call my knotted creations “Hang-ups” (not just plant hangers) because they can hold so much more than plants. For example, one could fill the glass bowl with seashells, colored glass, broken china bits, sea glass, trinkets, etc.
I've displayed my “Hang-ups” above a newly-created beach tablescape in my booth.
Did you recognize the striped tray above from this post?
A little chalkboard paint transformed an old clipboard.... now it's an instant to-do list and photo holder!
The top of a vintage picnic basket looked drab and sad to me,
So I re-painted it with a two-tone aqua chevron design.
Do you remember Macrame?