Extending my craft: a macrame workshop

So this is a break from the usual sewing-related blog posts, but I just had to share after falling head over heels for macrame. I signed up for a workshop after a friend invited me along. I thought it would be a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends – the free cake and hot drink at the venue For Fika Sake was also a bonus.

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Great hot chocolate

The workshop was 3 hours long, and designed for you to come away with a wall hanging or a plant holder. I went for wall hanging, but most in the group opted for the plant holder. I had no expectations about whether I’d enjoy macrame. I’d seen some on instagram and it looked pretty cool, but I figured I just don’t have time to squeeze it in alongside my other activities like sewing, knitting, and reading (and instagram habit). I suppose I should add my family and my full-time job to that list too! I also figured it’d be pretty difficult and require a lot of dedication. Reader. I was wrong.

We arrived at the venue a little early, and noted a pottery class still going on upstairs. The lovely Debbie welcomed us and explained that we should get our cake and drinks whilst she set up. After ordering a huge slab of chocolate cake, we went upstairs to be greeted by 4 clothes rails with lots of string hanging from them. We settled down at the table behind the rails to be given a demo of the three (yes, only three) basic techniques for macrame – one forms a twist, another a square knot, and finally – my favourite – a diagonal line.

Debbie then invited us up to make a start on our macrame. After embarrassing myself by tripping over the clothes rail – note to self, shortcuts don’t work – I found myself in front of a collection of threads with no firm idea of how I’d like my wall hanging to look. The rail full of her amazing macrame designs helped immensely with this, and as I liked the look of the twists, I started off with these, and from there seemed to get a bit more inspiration. Debbie was there to help answer our questions as we began to try out the different knots, and to give suggestions on what we could do next.

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The hardest part is getting started…
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slow progress

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I didn’t quite finish in the class (I am sew slow after all!) but most others did. The perfectionist in me undid it quite a few times, and even now I know there’s an alteration I want to make before it’s completed. Even though I’d made a wall hanging, I still came away with a lovely potted daffodil which has been brightening up my kitchen, and we were also given some printed instructions to take away.

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My first make is by no means perfect, but I’m really happy with it. I think I’ll hang it in my bedroom. According to the husband it doesn’t match the style of the living room…

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