Macrame is having a comeback moment. This art of weaving and knotting is believed to have originated in the 13th century in the Middle East. It then moved across Europe to Spain and Italy, and in the 17th century was introduced in Britain. Macrame was most popular in the Victorian era, and then regained popularity in the 1970s as wall hangings, clothing, and home goods such as plant pot hangers (A Brief History of Macrame, Ancient Earth Designs).
Plant hangers are surprisingly simple to make. I had the pleasure of learning how to make one with Grace Lilly of Knotty and Nice Macrame while attending a workshop of hers at The Makehouse. In this workshop, Macrame Plant Hangers, I discovered me how enjoyable and relaxing macramé is to do and left the class with a macramé plant hanger all my own.
Final steps were finishing off the macramé plant holder by cutting the bottom fringes to be the same length and unwinding the twists of rope to create a nice fringe at the bottom of the holder. Then we got to put our plant baby in there and make her feel at home in her new cradle. Our macramé plant hangers ended up being about 3-feet in final length. I named my plant Elfeba and she is very happy in her macramé cradle.
Tips for doing macramé:
- Start with more rope than you think you need. Depending on how tight or loose your knots are will depend on how much rope you use, and you don’t want to run out of rope before you finish the project!
- Make your knots secure. There is a special magic to finding the right tension for your knots.
- Be patient. Any time you are starting a new skill, be patient with yourself. Macrame can be very relaxing once you understand how to tie the knots and get into a good rhythm.
- Take a class! I found the art of macramé quite simple once I understood the basic types of knots, however I know the type of learner I am, and I need to be in a class working with an instructor. Pictures in books don’t quite do the art form justice. If you are thinking about trying out a new skill, I encourage you to take a class where you can ask questions and get assistance from an instructor in real time.