What goes around comes around you know, and I couldn’t be happier than to see macramé coming back. It’s been a long, long time, and I know because the last time I did macramé I was probably listening to anything by Bob Dylan, Chicago or Elton John. I know it all dates me but I’m thinking this means I might have a head start on all things macramé.
For those of you unfamiliar with the art of macramé, it’s simply a series of knots. Cording of linen, cotton and jute are used to make wall hangings, plant hangers and hammocks. It’s somewhere in the same family as weaving and knitting. Different kinds of knots are used and the strings or cords are crossed, knotted, and crossed again to form patterns. The addition of beads enhanced the pattern and added depth and texture.
I found these two images on Remodelista and wouldn’t you know, the photos are taken at the Ace Hotel here in Portland. I love the contrast of the white cord against the dark gray wall. It’s very contemporary, not at all a flash back to the 70’s. I think that’s what works when a style or design comes back around; it’s never quite exactly the same. New and improved.
My own macramé that I could never quite get rid of. Not as grand but it holds some fun memories. I’ve dragged it to every house I’ve ever lived in. I’ve tied holy rocks and shells to the long strings. I added a dog license of a dog long gone and there’s even the POW bracelet I wore. Little pieces of my life woven into a wall hanging. There’s something nice about that. I guess it’s always about the journey with me.