Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Be kind to the Knot


 Be kind to macramé!

Of late I have read some real opposition to macramé! ...yes macramé!
In some circles it is a dirty word.... maybe for some, an unfortunate experience with knotting in the seventies has marred them and they can't get past it.

Maybe Ouch boy in 20 years time will write
in his own blog "Ouch Boy tells all" how his childhood will be forever scarred by his mothers knotty adventures!

For some, these images cast a murky shadow over the current works of contemporary knotters amongst us! 

They can't see this new interpretation, skill or passion, they just see what they see?

 or maybe it was the Brady's and macramé combined?

For me it's canned carrots, canned pea's and canned potatoes that have left their indelible mark on my childhood psyche!
Never a camping holiday in the eighties with them not coming along for the ride! eeerrrk!


Maybe for you it was shell displays or tie dye? that causes you too gag!

but whatever it is or was please don't let it overshadow your appreciation of the knot!
Sailors love them...and we all love a good sea shanty!

Yours in the knot!

Pippa

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20 comments:

  1. Opposition to Macrame??? how bizarre..maybe they are haunted by the images of badly made macrame owls with glowing eyes glaring at them in their beds as children.

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    1. You could be right! ...poor souls ;)

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  2. I for one love your new interpretation of macramé! It's only a reflection of the 70s sort very 21st century! I'm not too fond on tie dye...... :) x

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    1. Ohh thanks, I'm on the right track then! xx

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  3. I have similar nightmares about Veg-All (a canned carrot/pea/green bean/lima bean/potato/corn/celery mix that my mother used to buy)...but macrame? Heavens, what retro lover could deny macrame its rightful place in home decor, especially when it's as beautiful as yours? The wonderful Mid2Mod-inspired hanger you sent me is front and center in my living room, and I couldn't be prouder of it! :)

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    1. I knew it had found a good home! Thanks Dana xxxxx
      ..don't think I'd like Veg-all, sounds delightful! ;)

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  4. Don't listen to the macramé opposition, Pippa, they don't know what they're missing out on!
    Oh, I remember the tie dye, we did it at school with rubber bands. The water was a deep purple and the finished product turned out yellow! And don't get me started on shell displays... We had an abundance of shells and glued them on top of matchboxes!! Mom and dad managed to look pleased, even after box number zillion...

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    1. I will! ....knots forever!

      And what a cool teacher, to do that, keeping it real in the classroom! I did shelled things for my mum too! xx

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  5. Macrame totally trancends all those other faddy retro-crafts, and your macrame is going to change everyones minds x

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    1. That's so much Max, for your kindness and support! x

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  6. Dissing macrame?

    NEVER!!!

    (but this from a woman quite fond of 'shell art' and tie dye)

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    1. Non believers, Kylie!
      And a bit of shell art and tie dye never hurt anyone! x

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  7. Hy Pippa, I love your Post. Macrame is a trip back to my childhood and a twenty something boy never ever could know macrame at his best. And your macrame is a complete new interpretation and it looks fab!

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  8. Dear Ria, you are a very welcome visitor to this knotty space and thank you! x

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  9. I just love the way the circle turns and everything old and daggy is suddenly new and cool again. Just about to get the fondue set out! x

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  10. There shall be no unkind words toward macrame on my watch! Your macrame is fabulous - that is all. (how do I get that little accent above the e in macrame???) Yours in knots, Donna x

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    1. press alt, then "e" the "e"....yours in the knot!

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  11. Just discovered you... love your macrame hangers!! And, who could hate knots? I personally was scarred by those apron/dresses that donned liquid dish soap containers...in which my mom would also stick a doll head on ;)

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    1. Hi Jennifer, thanks for doing so, your very welcome!...and I remember those too...nightmare worthy!
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