Hi…my name is Amanda, and I’m ashamed to admit that I always thought macrame was a craft created in the 1970s.

Was I ever wrong!

Take your mind back to 13th century northern Africa…weavers added “migramah,” or fringe, to coverings for camels in order to keep flies off the animals.  Soon, the fringe was used as decoration on shawls and veils.  The art spread to Spain, to Italy, and then through Europe.  By the late 17th century, at the court of Queen Mary II in England, the Queen taught macrame to her ladies-in-waiting!


Sailors learned this art and worked during their off-hours to make items to sell or barter.  Now, the art was taken to the foreign ports of China and the Americas.  Sailors called macrame “McNamara’s Lace.”  Hammocks and belts were made using macrame.


The art of macrame surged during the Victorian era.  Macrame was worked into clothing and costumes, tablecloths, bedspreads, and curtains.  The macrame craze faded until the 1970s when it again blossomed.  This time, using mainly square knots and granny knots, artists worked glass beads and shells into their creations making unique pieces of jewelry and household decor, such as a light covering.


Kathy has mastered the art of macrame and welcomes you to her studio to help you learn it, too!

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