What the hell is macramé? In short: instead of weaving and knitting, you knot. You don’t use threads, you use cords. It traditionally is cotton, linen, hemp but it can be any thick yarn really. The classic look is that of a loose knitted “openwork”, and it screams summer from all of its knots!
When I was a child back in the 90s I used to have plenty of macramé pieces of clothing. I loved it! Macramé, tricot and basically everything with holes in it. I still have that addiction, and now I’m always on the hunt for devoré and the like, but this summer I’m especially fascinated by macramé.
Everything started from a visit to All Saints last summer: I really wanted one of those dresses but I was dead broke and couldn’t therefore afford it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the picture of the awesome macramé skeleton dress, it was around £ 70 and it’s one of those things you regret for not buying!
The only downside to macramé is that is often really expensive. It’s hand knot afterall and class it’s not cheap!
Eleanor Amoroso made of macramé her forte
You can find London based Eleanor Amoroso’s works on Not Just a Label, this is what they say about her:
” [...] The brand encompasses modern elegance with a tough, darker side with perhaps the most intriguing thing being the fact that each piece is made entirely by hand and not machine. Her work has previously been described as a ‘commemoration of the forgotten art of craftsmanship’ and has already been featured on the cover of Volt Magazine worn by model Alice Dellal, just months after graduating. [...] Inspired by dramatic contemporary design, she has developed her own unique technique of making garments from long lengths of fringing and using macramé techniques to create innovative knits. She has modernised an ancient craft, which she will continue to develop further in her future work. “
Macramé staple pieces
If you’re wondering where to start to build a decent collection of macramé must have pieces, these are my suggestions:
Since it’s a hand technique, you can totally do it yourself. Have a look:
- diy roped macramé necklace by A pair and a spare
- some nice and easy macramé basic knots
- string bridal bracelet but you can use the technique for everything!
- P.S. I made this simple macramé beaded necklace tutorial
- macramé purse tutorial
- still don’t know how to do that knot?
- Victorian macramé lace making patterns: it’s pure poetry!