Masterclass in Macrame

October’s meeting was our birthday… Seven Hills WI is 9! We celebrated with an incredible cake baked by Lottie, one of our amazing members, and of course a rendition of Happy Birthday.

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The activity for our meeting this month featured the lovely Julie who taught us to do a spot of macramé. Macramé is the art of knotting string in patterns to make decorative articles. You don’t need needles, or hooks, just your fingers, and it’s one of the oldest forms of handicraft. In the 70’s, free spirit tours made stylish fringed waistcoats and owl wall hangings using macramé, and then it fell out of fashion. Until more recently, when lifestyle bloggers began to feature classy plant pot hangers and the like.

For our beginner project, we opted to make a key chain. We began by learning the basics of the Square Knot. We tied lengths of string to a key chain and worked with 4 lengths. We used a sequence of moving the strings over and under each other to create knots which we slowly tightened to our desired tension. Julie made it look much easier than we found it! When you tie a regular Square Knot, you alternate the direction the strings move for each half, which keeps it flat. For our second design (Spiral Stitch) the strings are moved in the same direction each time, which causes a twisting. The result was a very cool looking helix design! We were chuffed to bits with the result. We came away wondering what else we could utilise a Spiral Stitch for… Helix necklace anyone?!

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Charlotte x

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