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macrame cover


We haven’t had a macrame book show up in a while here at the ALB home offices. When this showed up, I grabbed it. Macrame was such a thing in the late 60s and early 70s. I remember getting a wedding shower gift in 1982 of a macrame wall hanging of a chicken. I thought it was a joke at the time since even 1982 was too late for a macrame anything. (It wasn’t.) I gave it as a joke to a friend of mine as a she got married, and I believe she passed it on as well. Somewhere, the macrame chicken is out there as a testament to all bad gifts.




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  1. Macrame is making a come back! But I agree, this one needs to go. It could be replaced with an updated book, though.

  2. The new thing is paracord bracelets. It uses the same knots (I used to macrame, so I know!), but instead of hemp twine you use super strong cord, so if you ever get stuck in a crevice like the guy in 127 Hours you can pull yourself to safety.

    There are a bunch of YouTube videos of manly bros teaching each other bracelet making. It’s completely adorable.

  3. The only useful and good-looking macrame I ever encountered was a set of plant-hangers my sister made for my mother. With hand-thrown pots glazed a dark brown, they looked right handsome!

    There was something uniquely horrible about macrame clothing.

  4. In the late 70’s I remember a patron asking for the “mc – rame” books — not mackramay. I never got the hang of it though my assistant, who was a superb crocheter, made beautiful macrame pieces.

  5. I still use a double-decker macrame plant hanger. After decades of hanging near a window it has fadded from a chocolate brown to a nice rosy brown. It also has large funky decorative beads. Unique, eclectic, and one-of-a kind! This is what I tell myself 😉

  6. I used to go to a Saturday morning macramé class when I was a kid in the 70’s. I made a purse similar to the fringed one shown on the back cover, a belt similar to the one on the cover, many plant hangers, and numerous wall hangings. My mother kept the frog and lion hanging on her bedroom wall for years. I proudly owned my own pin board and pins for attaching your project in progress. And I remember the instructor’s hands were always raw from working with the jute which is like a rough twine.

  7. PR just aired an episode with a macrame dress that completely mesmerized the judges. Proof that a bad idea can become a good idea if enough time has passed. The dress was hideous.

  8. I think you meant to say, “Somewhere, the macrame chicken is out there spreading joy to all she encounters.”

  9. I don’t know if it’s still the thing, but briefly when my soon to be 21 years old niece was 16 all the teens seemed to want macrame owl wall hangings. Had to search eBay for her. Owls seemed to be a very big thing for her and her friends and they all wanted vintage owl stuff. I even found her a vintage owl shaped glass bank.

    But yeah, the book needs to go.

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