Macramé is an ancient art of knot-tying believed to have developed in the 13th century by Arabian weavers. Decorative knots were used to finish the ends of fabrics and miscellaneous “household” items. Also…for those of you who follow horse-lore…macramé has long been used for decorative and/or functional items equestrian-oriented (bridles, brow straps, etc.) Eventually, sometime in the 13th century as a result of the conquest of the Moors, macramé was brought to Spain, and eventually in the 17th century made its way to England with Mary II (Queen of Scots) who introduced it to her court.
Macramé hit it’s prime in the Victorian era, when the fancy fringed knot work became fashionable on all manner of clothing, curtains, doilies etc. and gave crochet and tatting a run for its money. Sailors not only kept the art alive, but gave it a whole new aspect with their complicated and wonderful designs spread throughout the world. They called it “Square Knotting”, named for the knot they used most often. Fading away from popular notice for several decades, it popped back up in the 60’s in the form of wall hangings & other furnishings, and then with the popularity of hemp ever increasing, hemp-based Macramé jewelry became all the rage with the “new” hippy and grunge crowds.
I seek to take macramé yet further with my work. My creations are colorful, elegant and suitable for most any occasion, from casual to formal. I hope you enjoy it!