June 25th, 2018

Modern Macramé

One of the reasons I have a “no gifts” policy is I don’t want to be pressured into posting on things that just show up. When a copy of “Modern Macramé: 33 stylish projects for your handmade home” arrived my first thought was “uh oh” and I put it aside. Macramé makes me think of belts my older sisters made one summer with double rings pinched from the local carousel. Then I spied this picture of a fabulous vest in May Numéro and did a double take—maybe macramé, the fine art of knotting—an age-old craft, is undergoing a renaissance.

“Modern Macramé” is fantastic—I’m inspired to make a wall hanging like the ones author and artist Emily Katz designs. She makes it look easy with photographs and step-by-step instructions on how to create everything pictured in her beautiful book. Happy knotting!

Reprinted with permission from Modern Macrame: 33 Stylish Projects for Your Handmade Home by Emily Katz, copyright (c) 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of penguin Random House, Inc. Text and tutorial photographs (c) 2018 by Emily Katz; Interior design photographs (c) 2018 by Nicole Franzen.


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  • Macrame wall hangings are showing up in lots of west coast homes that have pale palettes, and lots of raw, and natural textures. Wall hung weavings in monotone colors as well. I used to macrame and have been thinking of taking it up again actually. Book looks great!

    KathyJune 25th, 2018  4:26 PM

  • After growing up in a house with macrame made by my mother (along with terrariums) this is a comeback I will leave for others to enjoy! I can appreciate it from a craft/talent standpoint, it isn’t easy to create!

    MelissaJune 26th, 2018  9:34 AM

  • I’m definitely on the fence right now….my daughters can’t get enough of it in ecru, natural and black and buy lots of it at Target and ikea. It reminds me so much of the seventies when my parents made all kinds of string art that I’m just not sure. I agree with Kathy that it’s definitely in the California, etsy vibe and looks good in that kind of design.

    SueMJune 26th, 2018  2:46 PM

  • Preston, From my own belt and plant hanger-making days in the 1970s, I knew the wheel had come full circle when I bought a macrame hand bag at West Coast Craft. The wall hanging in your picture is amazing. What fun!

    Catherine Kobrinsky EvansJune 28th, 2018  4:50 PM


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