There has been a big upsurge recently in the popularity of crafts that many people had forgotten. After a couple of generations spent their lives thinking that the only good products were the ones you could buy from a store, people are beginning to put more value on the work of human hands. There is a lot to know about this ancient art that you’ve probably never heard before.
1. Friendship bracelets are made with this craft.
There are a lot of kids out there who have absolutely no idea that they have learned this craft. In reality, the friendship bracelets that they construct by knotting colored strings into cords is a perfect example.
2. So are survival bracelets!
The idea of the “survival bracelet” has been something of a trend lately. Few people look on them as being anything like friendship bracelets, but they are actually something very similar. They are basically constructed by using a repeated macrame knot to turn a long length of very strong parachute cord into a small bracelet. The theory behind them is that this cord could be very useful in an emergency. When there is no emergency, it also makes a decent fashion statement.
3. It’s thought to have started among Arabs in the 13th century.
Researchers believe that the people who were making woven beautiful rugs in this period wanted to do something special with the fringes that were hanging on the side. In their effort to find a good solution, they discovered that they could make beautiful patterns by knotting the strands in elaborate ways.
4. You don’t have to be an expert to try a complicated pattern.
One of the nice things about tying knots is that you can reverse the process. Don’t be afraid of a set of instructions look too hard for you. When you realize that something has gone wrong, you can just untie the knots to back up a few steps while you figure out what went wrong.
5. The best material depends on what you’re trying to do.
It is not about price or how exclusive a material is. You should worry about how well it fits with what you are trying to achieve. Synthetic materials are often much more rugged and easy to clean. Hemp has a great reputation for being gentle to beginners. Cotton allows you to make something very supple, while leather creates amazing definition in the shape of the knots. You need to pick based on the project and what characteristics you want it to have.
6. Practice makes consistency, not perfection!
When it comes to making something by hand, there is no perfection. Different human beings will always achieve a result that is slightly different from anyone else. What you should be trying to achieve when you practice is the ability to be consistent. Nothing will do more for the look of your projects than learning to make a knot in the same way every time.
7. It’s easy to get supplies.
People who are new to a craft often get hung up on worrying about how they would ever find the supplies they need. It helps, though, to realize that there’s no reason your materials need to say anything important on the package. Anything that is string or resembles string can work. That includes knitting yarn, crochet thread, embroidery floss, parachute cord, strips of leather, and a whole lot more!
8. You can turn it into a business.
There are plenty of craft shows out there where you can sell your projects. You can also post things online for sale if you want and turn your hobby into a way to make extra money.
9. You can make a huge variety of projects.
Most people only think of plant hangers when they try to picture something made with this craft. In reality, there are patterns for things like purses, hammocks, wall hangings, dog collars, and just about anything else that can be safely made of string.
10. Modern technology makes learning easier than ever.
It may seem strange that computers and cellular phones would be central to a new generation’s efforts to learn such an old craft, but it is true! People are taking advantage of all of this technology to create fantastic videos and electronic books that clearly explain how to macrame so that you’re never at a loss to learn a new technique.