March 21, 2016

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Macramé Magic

 

We have recently added a macrame range to our hire items. These items are one off, unique and hand crafted. We thought it was worth sharing some of the history behind Macrame. 

 

Macramé or macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot (a variant of the reef knot) and forms of "hitching": full hitch and double half hitches. 

 

Macramé comes from a 13th Century Arabic weavers’ word “migramah” meaning “Fringe” This refers to the decorative fringes on camels and horses which help, amongst other things, to keep the flies off the animal in the hot desert regions of northern Africa.

 

One of the earliest recorded uses of macramé style knots as decoration appeared in the carvings of the Babylonians and Assyrians. Fringe-like plaiting and braiding adorned the costumes of the time and were captured in their stone statuary. Macramé traveled from north Africa, with the Moors during their conquests, to Spain, and as a result of this conquest it spread, firstly to France, and then throughout Europe.

 

Sailors made macramé objects in off hours while at sea, and sold or bartered them when they landed, thus spreading the art to places like China and the New World. Nineteenth-century British and American sailors made hammocks, bell fringes, and belts from macramé. They called the process "square knotting" after the knot they used most frequently. Sailors also called macramé "McNamara's Lace".

 

Sisters Heidi and Brianna are the creative duo behind Woven Walls. Based in both the Hunter Valley and Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches, the sisters grew up admiring their Granddad’s fibre art. In time he passed on his skills teaching them both macramé and cross-stitch. The clever sisters regularly run Macrame workshops where you will learn to make a beautiful wall hanging and then get to keep it. 

 

Check out Little Lane Workshops to find out when their next workshop is. 

 

 

(Sources: Wikipedia & Little Lane Workshops)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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