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The Craft that Haunts Every Library: Macrame!


Macrame: A Golden Hands Pattern Book
Popplewell (ed.)

Just when Holly and I think we have seen every macrame book out there, yet another will turn up. Of course I couldn’t resist especially with that rockin’ vest on the cover. I freely admit I am biased about macrame. I thought it was stupid in the 1970s.

Of course the interior fashion shots do not disappoint! That first shot is a wardrobe malfunction on the precipice! (I also think the polyester blue pants really gives the outfit a certain pizzazz).

Run, don’t walk to your craft section and kill these books. If you are convinced that macrame is coming to redeem us all, at least get some newer books.


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17 Responses to The Craft that Haunts Every Library: Macrame!

  • Is it ok if I like the watchbands?

  • I’m always amazed that the pictures of these macramé things – especially the clothing ones – look so much like crocheted item. Crochet without hooks = macramé.

  • if you want something done hideous you just have to do it yourself

  • Lisa–I liked them, too. Especially the middle one. Maybe watchbands are the hidden killer ap for macrame?

  • There’s hope. I did a search for macramé for my local library, and all I got was a juvenile book on making friendship bracelets.

  • The only thing that could make that vest more awesome would be to pair it with the blue headband and
    watch band.

  • Boy, Tunic Lady really couldn’t hide her misery and disgust, could she? The reason she’s wearing a turtleneck is so we can’t spot her gorge rising.

  • Judging from most of the models’ expressions, it’s Macrame: the craft that makes you pensive.

  • What is with the babushka?!

  • Macrame is a legit fiber art that can produce stunning lace, but 70s consumer books don’t promote that end.

  • People still knit; people still crochet; yet macrame is the subject of endless mockery. Really, it’s surprising that it hasn’t made a comeback.

  • The woman in the sleeveless white overshirt doesn’t look too happy about the whole macramé thing, does she?

  • Oh yeah, macrame from the 70’s is for the most part, pretty hideous! But it has made a bit of a comeback as the lace form that it has been for several centuries, only now it’s called micro-macrame.


  • I work in a library and what is more worrisome is that people are once again checking these books out!
    We have a 1975 sunset macrame book that has been checked out 5 times in the last 4 months.
    And another frm 1979 which has been checked out a grand total of 13 times when added in 1983. WHAT! But they will not weed it.

  • I think it has made something of a comeback for those who want to get in on the recent popularity of knitting but can’t handle tools.

    Does this book include clothes for women with breasts?

  • I’m shocked no one has made any sort of comment about the Calista Flockhart real doll on the cover of the book. They had to dress up womannequins because real women should not be subjected to these outfits.

  • But Matthew, wouldn’t mannequins have busts? I find these choices of model rather strange.