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Hey, remember macramé? If you were born after nineteen eighty, then maybe not… or should that be knot? Macramé, as my pun would suggest, is the art of knotting yarn or cords, rather than weaving or knitting to make textiles. It was a very popular handicraft in the sixties and seventies. Those old enough may recall walking into the home of folky types to see macramé decorative owls, plant hangers and wall hangings.
Fashions have a habit of coming and going and now macramé is back in vogue with a new generation. Luckily enough for those who want to learn how to loop and tie their way to funky interior décor, Reverse Garbage will soon be hosting a macramé plant hangers workshop. Kade Hamalainen told Weekend Notes, "This popular workshop is perfect for interior decorators and retro enthusiasts. We'll show you the ropes and have you tying lots of neat knots to create your own macramé plant hangers!"
The workshop, held on Saturday 17th of June, is designed for people aged 13 and over who are keen to learn macramé techniques using salvaged materials from the Reverse Garbage warehouse such as fabric and rope. You'll need to provide your own plants and pots, but once you learn the art of making one, you can give them as gifts or make a whole bunch to decorate your space, as Kade said, "These beauties look great on their own or in multiples."
"If you would like to make a hanger for a small plant or container you have, please feel free to bring it along," Kade added. That way you can make your creation to perfectly fit your plant.
Macramé is a very old form of folk art, with examples of it being used as decoration appearing as far back as the 13th century.
The Babylonians and Assyrians were thought to be the first to use macramé decorations.
In the late 17th century it became popular in the royal court of England, with Queen Mary II teaching macramé to her ladies in waiting.
No strangers to knots - in the 19th century sailors from Britain and America made belts, hammocks, and bell fringes out of macramé.
Even though you might think it had its zenith in the sixites and seventies, macramé was actually most popular in the Victorian era, when it was used for objects like tablecloths, curtains and bedspreads.
Are you keen to join the workshop?
It's only $27 per person to attend and that includes materials and booking fee. Parking near Reverse Garbage is a challenge, to say the leas,t so it's a good idea to catch public transport to the workshop.