These tapestries can be pricy, so, being my super-frugal self, I looked into how they’re made, and decided to try to make my own. I learned a few simple knots from the video on this blog, and bought $10 of jute cord on amazon. I was on my way to macrame city.
My first experimental hanging was tiny, took forever, but ultimately didn’t look too bad! It now lives in the guest bathroom. I poked holes in some tiny shells I had collected and used them as beads to finish off the bottom:
The second one was bigger, and went much faster:
I used driftwood for the top rod of both macrame’s, but you could use anything: hoops, dowels, curtain rods, sticks… anything that you can loop the cord around.
The most difficult thing about macrame is deciding what stitch to start with.After that, it just seems to flow. I love how the piece evolves as you create the design – it’s so much fun to see your creation take shape out of just pieces of string.
Knowing the basic macrame knots is like knowing how to pick up a paint brush – using it properly is a whole different animal. I need some more practice to find out exactly where this new hobby can go.
I was pumped to discover you can make hammocks, swings, plant hangers, shawls, table runners, and other table pieces of usable art. It will probably take a while, but by the end of the summer, I hope to have my own custom macrame hammock in the back yard. (:
Have you tried to macrame? What are you going to make next?