What is Macrame?

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What is Macrame? Macramé is a form of textile art that uses knotting techniques to create decorative crafted pieces like wall hangings, plant holders, jewelry, etc.

What is Macrame?

  • It originated as a Persian and Arabic decorative craft dating back centuries using intricate knotting of threads or cords.
  • The primary knotting techniques used are variations of square (reef) knots, spiral knots and half hitches.
  • Common materials include cotton twine, linen, hemp, jute and other natural or synthetic cords.
  • Symmetric patterns are created by repeatedly tying a series of knots and varying the techniques.
  • Macramé experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 1970s and remains common in bohemian, artistic and DIY communities.
  • Items often incorporate beads, shells, feathers, gemstones or other decorative elements alongside the knotwork.
  • It can be used to make everything from wall hangings and plant hangers to clothing, jewelry, bags and home décor accessories.
  • Macramé is considered an easy, low-cost craft that allows for creative expression through the textures and patterns achievable through knots.

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