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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.

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Macrame Forever!

Practical Macrame - coverPractical Macrame

Submitter: I work in a public library, and I have to say that I’d never heard of macrame prior to retrieving this book for a patron. I asked my mother, who graduated from college in the late ’70s, and she remembered it vaguely. The book itself is showing its age – it was down in the basement, and the bottom of the cover has worn away to reveal the cardboard.

Holly: Never heard of macrame? This must have been quite a shock for you, then!  Behold, dear readers. This is one of the best macrame books I’ve seen.

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More Macrame!

Plant Hangers:  Ideas and Techniques

Submitter: Yes, really.  I just pulled this a few minutes ago from a satelite library that is in my school.  Much like the library that I inherited, it hasn’t been weeded in 38 years.  Today I have discovered all types of treats but this one in particular caught my eye because of its interesting rendition of a macramé female with foliage reproductive organs.  Far out, man.

Holly: What the heck is that thing at the bottom, left corner of the cover? A macrame plant stand of a human body with a plant coming out of its stomach? That is weird.  It may seem like we’re picking on macrame here at ALB.  Ok, we kind of are. If it is truly making a comeback (I’m skeptical…), then buy some new books! What do people macrame these days? iPod covers? Cell phone caddies?