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Oh Yay, More Macrame!

Make practical and decorative items with knots and yarn
Boberg and Svennas
Original Swedish edition 1972
English translation 1975

Submitter: So this came across the circ desk recently. (Quick question, I’ve personally noticed that the worse the economy gets, the more craft books are checked out. Even ones as old as this one. Is anyone else noticing this or is it all in my imagination?) I just couldn’t help but flip through it. No, I didn’t spot any macramé bikinis. The book is mostly black and white pictures and illustrations with a few color ones. The instructions seem pretty clear. I actually like the owl and bat patterns and am tempted to keep the book awhile longer to see if I can learn to do those. I could see using them as Halloween decorations.  The one inspired by a child’s drawing, however, is like something out of one of my nightmares. It kind of reminds me of the Yeti from Ski Free who’d come out of no where and eat your player if he fell down too many times.

And the less said about the vest the better.

Holly: I’m pretty sure I made that owl as a Girl Scout project in the early 80s.  Only not quite so fancy.  Ya know, we’ve said it before (here, here, here, here, and here) and we’ll say it again: for the love of whatever it is that motivates you, WEED YOUR MACRAME BOOKS! Go ahead and leave those which were written in this millennium. If there are any…

10 Responses to Oh Yay, More Macrame!

  • I think the book should be kept- just for the macrame bat. The other stuff is pretty fugly, but the bats would be fun to have up at Halloween time.

  • I feel that the older books do “teach” about an era in our country that is vital for younger individuals to know about and understand. The illustrations, instructions and projects are delightful and inspirational *and vintage) for a teen with an assigned art project or a college student to use “bits and pieces” of a pattern to create his/her own artwork. Further, individuals who rely on the library due to tough economic times do indeed find all your resources very valuable at the library. As space allows, I say keep this book if space allows and retain a scanned copy that will be available to patrons long past the time the book “wears out.”

  • Macrame is actually really popular again. There are quite a few newer books, but a lot of people learn to do it from videos now. Crafts in general are popular because people are looking for cheaper ways to decorate and make gifts. I’m sure that some people are also starting cottage businesses and sell what they make.

  • A dated book, but there’s nothing wrong with the technique. If the instructions are clear this might be worth keeping if you can’t replace it with a better book- but then you’d loose the good designs. ni guess it’s like a cookbook- you keep it for the good recipes, and you ignore the liver and lima bean casserole.

  • I lived through the era and I don’t remember anyone actually doing macrame.

  • OMG! A 70’s Library Page! Could have been me tricking out my school uniform with a macrame vest in a coordinating color!

  • Some of the patterns are kind of cool and it is coming back in style, so I wouldn’t weed it just because it’s “old-fashioned”.

  • A friend of mine did macrame in the 70s — she was an artist, though, and I still have one of her hangings. These items — not so much, though I agree with you on the bat and owl as interesting and worth making. The head scarf thing, though — yikes, looks as if she is wearing a doormat on her head. (BTW I cannot make that yellow thing into a dragon — it looks like a goldfish kite to me. But sort of appealing anyway.) As for weeding, I suspect that even a contemporary macrame book would have ugly things in it, so if the instructions are good and the condition acceptable, why not keep this one?

  • @ Cheryl, I don’t know how you made it through the 70’s without an aunt that made you a macrame
    pot holder vest or a handbag made of macrame and plastic 6 pack holder rings.

  • ha ha, a great era from the past ! but enough mockery, I saw you at a ’74 macrame training week and you was wearing a wonderful home-made poncho!