Saturday, June 8, 2019

To Be Or Knot To Be!

While collage has a plethora of fantastic fibers & ideas to keep those fingers busy, there is one process in particular that has come back from the dead like a Zombie Plant in a knotted hanger!


Who would have thought that Macramé, once thought to have gone the way of shag carpeting and avocado green electric can openers, would be lovingly brought back by a slew of our wonderful Instagram posting creative millennials?! And can we say, we are SO glad they did! Because no matter what you think about Macramé as home décor or a fashion statement, it’s FUN! 

There is some debate about the true origins of Macramé. Some say it originated in Arabia and then adopted by sailors who liked to pass the time during those long days at sea twisting fibers into things such as hammocks, nets and just for decoration. 

As they traveled, they also sold their knotted wares in ports from sea to sea. So, the art of Macramé weaved its way into people's hearts and fingers across the globe. 

So,what is Macramé anyway?  Macramé is a textile, produced using knotting (rather than weaving or knitting) techniques. Materials used in macramé include cords made of cotton twine, linen, hemp, jute, leather or yarn

The primary knots of macramé are the square or reef knot) and forms of "hitching": various combinations of half hitches

Macrame Jewelry is often made with a combination of knots and using various beads (glass, stone or wood), pendants or shells. 

We here at collage have BIG love in our hearts for this twisted little hobby! 

We recently hosted a FREE Macrame Demo right outside of our Sellwood/Moreland location. 
It was a huge hit

Our talented staff LOVE sharing all the ways to create! 

You can find all the supplies necessary to make these CUTE earrings 
in all 3 of our art + craft  supply stores!
Our Sellwood Macrame Demo was so much fun we would like to keep the creativity going and are excited to announce...

That's right folks! Our collage rock stars at our Sellwood location will be hosting FREE crafts & demos, on Wednesday afternoons, all summer long!

1634 SE Bybee Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97202
(weather permitting)