Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Moving on to Macrame

I wrote yesterday about my first attempts at being a potter. At the same time I was making macramé wall hangings, and part of the pottery appeal was making clay items to embellish the wall hangings.

I can remember the hook placed in the overhead beam of the mud room that I used to hang my work in progress. I would sit on my stool and work for hours.

The family could always attest to whatever craft I was into at the time, by the homemade Christmas gifts they received. I had my pottery year, the macramé year, followed by ceramics, crocheting and sewing and so many more.

I saw some macramé bracelets on Pinterest, and my son happened to see them. Could I make a lanyard, he asked. What kind? I replied. This led to an internet research on duck call lanyards.

For those unfamiliar with duck hunting, there is this call thing that imitates...a duck, I guess. It has an irregular shape and no hole by which the hunter could hang it, keeping it handy. Someone designed a lanyard with a noose tied end on it that could be adjusted to the duck call.

I can make that, I told him.



We were going out for dinner and stopped at the store for some paracord, and I was off to the races. By the end of the weekend, after another trip to the store, I had the design down pat. I made a few variations and will leave it up to my son and his buddies to decide which one works best.

There’s something very relaxing about the repetition of knotting, and I find it a pleasant way to while away the time and keep my hands busy.

My son is always finding these ‘little projects’ for me. I still have the research saved for making fishing lures. Still thinking about it, but this one is out of my comfort zone.


2 comments:

Robyn Proctor Hinkle said...

My mom used to love doing macramé. I've never tried it, it seems very intimidating to me.

Deborah Lean said...

It's actually very simple, a variation of one knot, though I can't remember what it's called. I find it very relaxing. Maybe I'll take it up again. Wonder what I could make everyone for Christmas? This requires some research.