I absolutely love getting Macrame questions in my Instagram inbox! I DO NOT claim to be any kind of macrame expert however I'm happy to share anything I've learned along the way.
Yesterday, this question landed in my inbox....
I think the reason I really love questions is because it requires me to reflect on my own practice. Sometimes I forget to step back and ask myself why I've made the decisions I've made with a piece or choices in materials....I do what "feels" right, however questions require that next level of reflection and understanding.
At heart I love Scandinavian design. Can you tell from my living room? But for Macrame, I really enjoy seeing the knotting in the rope patterns and so far I only get that true satisfaction and enjoyment from cotton rope. Macrame cord is very glossy and shiny and typically makes it hard to follow the pattern of a design/knotting which then defeats the entire point of macrame! Don't get me wrong. I use black macrame cord all the time. It's actually the only color I use. But I only use it for for items in which I want the elements within the design to take center place....for instance in Glenwood...the wood is the focal point of the piece not the knotting in the cord.
Let me not sound like I'm a slave to cotton rope though. I'm open. I just bought leather cord that I'm excited to test!
Logos, trademarks, websites, LLC, and things!
Well, if you had asked me back in April when I was on Pintrest looking for a new hobby if I'd be here today I would have laughed, and I it would have been one of those, "Balky, don't be ridiculous" laughs from Perfect Strangers, yet here I am!
It's been an Amazing 6 months and I'm so very thankful to the many Macrame folks or craftinista's I've encountered over theses months for helping me cultivate my art and become better!
Today I submitted my LLC paperwork and I've applied to Renegade Craft Fair! To mark such an amazing occasion I'm offering 20% discount on all wall hangings and hanging planters.
Wish me luck!
I'm really excited that I finally have a rope vendor that I love. www.knotandrope.com I haven't quite gotten to the point where I need to buy rope in super bulk quantities and they let you buy rope in any length. They sell braided and 3-strand rope in a variety of sizes and they ship soooooo fast. I order in the AM and its here via Fed-Ex the next day.
I highly recommend them!
When I first began making macrame I was really obsessed with drawing a pattern for anything I made. I did this for the first two months until I realized I wanted to abandon the hold that symmetry had on me. (Read previous post on symmetry) Now I end up prepping a lot of pieces first. Which consists of picking pots, or anchor materials whether it dowels, driftwood or brass, and then picking the rope type and thickness. After that's done I'll then cut rope for each piece.
I will typically prep around 5 pieces at a time which will yield enough work for a solid week of work. I never include more than one large piece in the total of 5 for the week.
*Keep in mind I have a full time job!
As the week goes on, I'll tackle pieces and select the combinations as I feel ready too. Lately I've started designs then stopped to work on another, then come back to a design, finding that I get inspired by the movement in another piece.
There really isn't much rhyme or reason to my madness except that prepping the pieces in advance seems to help. When I used to work a piece at a time, the prepping of the piece in terms of cutting the rope sometimes took away from the creative process. Doing it in advance and on a different day from working on the actual piece let's those creative juices flow!
Virtue Cider's is so amazingly cute! OMG! I had such a fun time there! I hope you were able to check out my instagram story and watch the fun!
The day started with a tour of facilities where I learned how the Cider is made! Throughout each step in the process, we tasted a cider beer.
We then were led to a picnic area where we enjoyed a lovely farm to table lunch! Prosciutto and brie sandwich with corn chowder. Then we had homemade cherry ice cream and cake. YUM!
We ended the day picking apples from the orchard and then pressing our own apples to make fresh apple cider!
Absolutely wonder day! I've attached a slideshow of my day!
The car ride there and back yielded this design which gave me and opportunity to combine that wonderful brass rod with the T-shirt jersey wool from Wool and the Gang!
Hope you like it! I named her Michigan!
Photos from Virtue Cider!
I absolutely love 3-day weekends and any opportunity to get away from the city to reconnect with nature. I'm heading out to Virtue Cider's for a day of cider beer tastings, a picnic, and some apple picking! I'm hoping the trip inspires some new design ideas!
I got a text from my friend Angie saying she is bringing me a huge box of driftwood. I've been searching for a reasonably priced and reliable driftwood vendor for a month now. Angie is now my driftwood god. I can not wait to get my hands on these beauties. I'm gagging at the picture she sent me! Stay tuned!