Huge in the 70’s, Macrame is making a welcome comeback with modern bohemian vibes and projects on a massive scale. Heading this resurgence is Amy Mullins and Marnia Ryan-Raison of EdenEve Macrame from Australia with their new book, Macrame for Beginners and Beyond. Their unique Boheme Luxe Label offers a beautiful collection of products to suit every element of one’s lifestyle.
The art of knot tying is an ancient one with many different stories of its origins. However, it is widely believed that it was used by Arab weavers in the 13th century as decorative fringing on the end of hand-woven fabrics.
Having developed over time it is now used for hanging plants, deck chairs and incredible arches which make a magnificent backdrop for weddings and events.
EdenEve’s new book, Macrame for Beginners and Beyond is in a word, stunning. It features 24 projects for the home and garden. There are two variations of 12 different projects – one suitable for beginners and another for more intermediate/advanced crafters, so readers can choose which version they want to tackle.
The book is divided into chapters according to lifestyle: Eating and Drinking includes a hanging table and table runner; Outside Living includes bunting flags and an arch/backdrop; Stylish Lounging includes a rug, a lampshade and a wall hanging.
Readers will also love the macramé knot library, which lists the 10 key knots necessary for the projects. This is incredibly handy for beginners who, like me, are desperate to give this craft a go.
Let’s take a little look at some of the projects inside, shall we?
Ahh isn’t it lovely! From top left, going clockwise: The celebration arch is just incredible isn’t it? It would be perfect for a wedding, christening or bedroom decor. Turn an everyday deck chair into a showstopper with this macrame pattern. Play with the coloured cord to create brighter chairs too. This pretty bunting design features a double heart-shaped motif and if perfect for both indoor and outdoor decor. The Table mat has a simple elegance and adds a folky country style to your home. The circle wall hanging could also be used as a stylish rug, as shown in the bottom right. Just a few basic knots are used to make this eye-popping piece. The Hanging light is simple yet effective. It’s an easy DIY undertaking that allows you to create something special for your home. The two wall hangings here show the beginner and advanced projects side by side. They are both beautiful and the advanced project shows how effective using coloured cord can be.