May is MACRAME Month

Thursday, May 1

Anyone remember macrame? As in knots, pretty cord all tied up in knots.

My first experience with macrame was back in December 1980. Christmas time, over 27 years ago, at my father-in-law’s house. It was family get together time with a food spread to die for and the annual Christmas gift exchange. My hubby’s aunt received this gorgeous antique white purse as a gift. A macrame purse. I had never heard of macrame before. All I knew was that the purse was beautiful and I wanted one just like it.

The next day hubby and I went to a local craft store, Frank’s Nursery and Crafts. (It has since gone out of business. 😦 ) We searched the aisles for macrame, anything macrame. The shelves had been cleaned out, hardly any craft merchandise was left. All I could find was an owl kit in a box. It had macrame cord, two gold metal rings, two beads for eyes and an instruction sheet. Took it home, all excited, ready to learn how to macrame. Couple hours later, and a lot of head scratching, I hadn’t figured out what to do nor had hubby. Next day we go back to Frank’s. This time I purchased a Knotting Board and T-Pins. LOL!! No one explained that the cord needed to be attached to something or mounted to something to get it started.

So.. that was my first experience with macrame. My owl, BTW, I still remember it, even still have a picture of it, came out pretty good. I was proud of it.  I added a couple sticks from the back yard to make it look more realistic. Here it is.

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My second owl was sold to a co-worker the same day I took it to work to show it off. It was red. I made many many more owls after that in every color in the crayon box. I never counted them but I bet over the years I made and sold over 100 owls.

I was hooked. Scratch that. I was addicted to making pretty things with knots. I would eat and sleep knots. I macramed 24 x 7 for years. I made things for the home mostly. Wall hangings, plant hangers, towel holders, napkin holders, candles, baskets. Also purses, cosmetic bags, coin purses, key chains, bracelets, belts. My most popular item was a square tissue box holder. They were fast to make and sold like hot cakes.

I sold a lot of things at work, then sold at craft shows, eventually branching off into consignment sales. I once had an open house for family and friends. That was cool AND successful!! Practically sold out.

Want to take a stroll down memory lane with me?

Here are a few of the things I made in the early years.

Purses
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Kid’s Stuff
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Holidays

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For Baby
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Plant Hangers
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I even made a wall hanging from jute. It was a special request from a co-worker. I hated working with jute. Really hard on the hands and what a mess. Even with a plastic sheet on the floor, straw and tiny pebbles were everywhere!! I never worked with it again.  My first and last time!!

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So.. those are just some of the things I made from the 80’s to the 90’s. I will next show you some of my creations from last year.  Sewing baskets, sports baskets and baby baskets.

I plan to post a tutorial for a basket you can make yourself. It may be hard to find macrame supplies but if you search the net you may still be able to find a few suppliers in your area. I found a shop online that sells just about everything you will need. Macrame cord, rings, beads and other macrame neccessites.  They have a large inventory and are quick to ship. Prices are reasonable.  Their site says wholesale but anyone can buy from them.  http://www.kingskountry.com/