I have been meaning to tell this little crafty story for some time.... its how another little passion crept into my life.. and sort of stuck there....
It began when Briony mentioned how much she would love a macrame backdrop for her wedding. We began looking at images online... and I immediately knew... I wanted to make her one ...and I could make her one.
Heck.... I recall making many a hanging plant hanger....or hooty beaded eyes owl back in the day....Mum was a macrame lover from way back....and I joined in the fun.
I am sad now though.... that all of the book...patterns and supplies Mum had were tossed during a clean-out ... who would have ever thought I'd one day be looking for them.
Seriously.... macrame is not hard....its just knots... lots of them.
There are a plethora of ridiculously talented macrame artists online.... especially on Instagram... type in macrame and prepare to drift into 'macrame heaven' what some of those girls can do with rope / cord / string just blows me away.
On a scale ...I am at the 'simple and repetitive' end...and thats ok.... when you work on a huge scale it has plenty of impact...
There was no pattern...other than some rough calculations on paper regarding the width and the amount of rope I would need. I was terrified of cutting my ropes too short...and not having enough length to complete the design.
Luckily there were some great suggestions online as to how to calculate this....and I did the equation over and over....and over and over.....just to make sure I didn't stuff up.
I began with it on the clothes rack..... and as it progressed I used the curtain rod in the family room...it became like standard addition to the space.... we missed it when it was gone.
The day finally arrived and it fitted the arbor well.... the length I had agonised over was perfect.... my only self complaint was it could have been a little wider.... I hadn't allowed for the way it naturally shrinks in at the edges... I made a 'note to self' on that one.
I was truly honoured to have made this for my beautiful girl....and from the many comments and compliments it drew on the day I felt like I did an OK job.