Macramé rocks: A Love Story

Andy has been behind so many of our most charming posts here at Think.Make.Share. The talented photo stylist has taught us how to make affordable floral arrangements and have let us into his gorgeous home. Today, he’s talking about the art of macramé and his relationship with the popular craft, knots and all. 

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I was a really weird kid for a lot of reasons, but perhaps my strangest attribute was I loved macramé. Not with a love like you might love rainbows and kitten, but with a passionate, all-consuming, crazy love for the ancient knot-tying art form favored by art-student stoners, Birkenstock and flannel clad sisters, and decoupage drop outs who wanted to find another way to express their wild side.

This love affair began when I was in the sixth grade. The year was 1970. My parents were good friends with a woman who was the head of the textiles department at the Kansas City Art Institute; her name was Joy. One day Joy came over to our house to watch a football game with my parents, and she brought some jute with her. I sat by Joy on our black naugahyde and chrome couch during the game, and she patiently showed me how to tie a half-hitch and a square knot and how to create variations of those basic macramé knots.

That night after Joy left, after the crock-pot with Velveta-Rotel dip had been cleaned up, and after my parents turned off the television, I carefully took my macramé sampler to my room and hung my masterpiece on my bulletin board. I laid in my bottom bunk twin bed that night and sleep would not come; I was filled with a passion. I had fallen in love with the craft that dare not speak its name…


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Public displays of affection

Months later, to fine-tune my knotting skills, I enrolled in a macramé class at a local library. It was late summer, a few weeks before I was to start the 8th grade. As was usually the case, whenever I went to any macramé event it was all women. This class was no different. I spent the afternoon knotting and chatting with my newly formed adult female friends. We exchanged recipes for Jello 123 and Kraft Shake n’ Bake. We then moved to discussing the latest shenanigans of the soap opera As the World Turns. It was a grand afternoon, and I was on a macramé and lady-gossip high as I skipped out of my macramé safe haven. But as I turned the corner, I literally ran straight into the meanest bully in my junior high. What in the world was the meanest kid in school doing in a library, in the summer? Is nothing sacred?

I was about to be pummeled in the non-fiction section of the Oak Park public library.

I picked up my tangled ball of jute, beads and dowel rods, and, in the butchest way I could, ran out of the library, all the way home. (I hope I wasn’t screaming; I’ve blocked that part out.) When I got home, I slammed the front door behind me and leaned against the door trying to catch my breath… as my mom announced with great sobriety and concern that we would be moving in a few weeks and that we would have to attend new schools.

She hoped the news wouldn’t be too devastating for me. Having a flair for the dramatic, I fell to the floor, clasped my hands and yelled, “Thank you Jesus!” My brother rolled his eyes and walked away, my mom backed out of the room, slowly went back to her Tuna Helper and tried to figure out what had just happened.

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From that point on, my days and evenings were filled with my chubby little fingers knotting anything I could get my hands on—even my dad’s extension cords were not safe. I started selling macramé belts to friends in my new Jr. High school, I started selling wall hangings in local shops and galleries, and I started entering juried shows. As I entered high school, I was even approached by an artist rep who wanted to take my work to galleries in other cities, and I started a relationship with a big architectural firm in Kansas City. I was on macramé fire!

You may be thinking that at this point I would get big-head from my macramé notoriety and fame. Now, mind you, I was going to a small rural school in a farming community where driving a Camaro or a Chevy pickup was about the fastest way to be cool. I rode the bus.

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My creative, non-judgmental, unconditionally loving parents not only entertained this passion of mine, they celebrated it, encouraged it and made me feel like a macramé rock star. My dad made business cards for me and helped me lug these giant wall hangings from art show to art show. My mom drove me over 30 miles a week to take weaving lessons in a neighboring town. They would do anything to support this passion of mine, even though it was decidedly different than my dad’s all-American jock endeavors in high school and my mom’s studious pursuits.

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Then the 1980s rolled around, and macramé died. I don’t mean a slow painful, dramatic death. I mean the clock hit midnight on New Years Eve of 1979, and macramé was dead. There was a silent agreement that everyone would put down their macramé mid-knot as the ’70s ended. Macramé was dropped like you drop a cheating boyfriend or girlfriend, never to acknowledge them again. It seemed my crafty lady friends had all moved on to hot-gluing yards of lace to straw hats that became decorative elements for suburban front doors across the country.

I only tell you all of this because there is something miraculous happening: Macramé is coming back! People are actually interested in it again…

…for real! My old flame and I are being reunited! Who says you can’t go back? The old square knot and half-hitch fly from my fingers just like they did, gulp, 40 years ago.

Every kid has natural interests and abilities, and they are all of value, even if that interest is something as seemingly goofy as macramé. Thank you to the adults who give kids freedom to find those skills, nurture them and honor them.

We are all better for it.

Macramé designs, inspiration and ideas

Several Hallmark creative folk joined me the other day for a macramé workshop. I smiled the entire day, knowing that these co-workers were interested in this ’70s art form. Justin Timberlake may have brought sexy back, but I brought macramé back (at least to a few Hallmarkers)!

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The morning was spent learning the basic knots, and then after lunch, the workshop participants started working on their own macramé bracelets, plant hangers and wall hangings.

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Minimal supplies are required. Scissors, rubber bands, beads, the material you choose to knot with, mounting rods and creativity are the only things you need.

Basic two macramé knots are the square knot and the half hitch. Once you have those down, you can do anything!

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Lindsay, Tobe and Nicole learn how to tie the basic knots.

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Betsy, who is a Hallmark photo stylist extraordinaire, gathered beautiful objects to incorporate into her two wall hangings.

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Frayed and knotted ends added distinct personality to Betsy’s macramé pieces.

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Something as simple as a half square knot repeated over and over can make a simple but beautiful bracelet.

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Hannah was a real macramé show-off by incorporating a complete half-hitch circle and color in her wall hanging.

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Nicole updated the classic ’70s plant hanger by incorporating a graphic white pot for her plant and a glass orb for decoration. Nicole also took the time to hand-paint beads so they would have a lustrous look. What a freak! (I mean that in the greatest way!)

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Lindsay created a really sophisticated and beautiful macramé wall hanging that consisted entirely of the half hitch knot. Lindsay incorporated copper tubing into her piece as well. Trés elegante!

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And, finally there was Jen, Trends guru at Hallmark. I now refer to her as the macramé whisperer. The baton has been passed. Watch the video on Instagram at @think.make.share, and you will see what I mean. Jen used a large-sized paper cord that is often used in upholstery work. You can order most of this type of material through Amazon.

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Every participant did a stunning job, and it was pretty amazing that there were several finished pieces that were completed in only four hours.A Hallmark prop stylist teaches us how to macrame |

A Hallmark prop stylist teaches us how to macrame |
A Hallmark prop stylist teaches us how to macrame |
A Hallmark prop stylist teaches us how to macrame |
A Hallmark prop stylist teaches us how to macrame |

So get your fingers limbered up and find some jute, welt cord, baling twine or any other kind of string and start knotting.

And the next time someone asks you what you’re into these days, stand tall, stand proud and say it loud…

I’m into macramé!!!


Photography by Kevin Cozad.



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  1. 10.1.15 | Reply
    minipups2 wrote:

    I was a miserable failure at knitting- because I kept turning my yarn into knots! Maybe macreme is the answer to my “problem”! I am a little younger than you- I was born in 1970- but I still remember some of the fascinating, beautiful macreme creations I saw in the ’70s. Time for me to find a how-to video and see what I can do…

    • 10.2.15 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      I think you are going to be a natural!!! Let me know how it goes.

  2. 10.20.15 | Reply
    Ana M. wrote:

    Hi Andy, I love the macramé Lindsay made. Do you know if she does custom made orders? Is there anyway I could contact her? Thank you. Ana

  3. 11.29.15 | Reply
    Lynn H wrote:

    I have been looking for someone in the KC area who can help me with a small macrame jewelry project. I know the basic knots, but not how to manipulate them to get the effect I’m looking for. Do you do workshops or lessons, or know anyone who does?

    • 6.22.16 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      I will be teaching a Hallmark sponsored workshop at Golden & PIne in July. I’m not sure that will be the venue that would be the most beneficial for you because it will be a beginners class.

  4. 2.6.16 | Reply
    Susan wrote:

    I just wanted to tell you what an excellent article this is, and what beautiful work a bunch of newbies did..very inspiring. Thank you

    • 6.22.16 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      Thank you! I am very proud of the amazing participants and the work that they did.

  5. 2.12.16 | Reply
    Evelyn Ruasoi wrote:

    Just stunning creations and awesome.

    • 6.22.16 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      Thanks Evelyn! I think your kind words will inspire this group to do more great work!

  6. 2.21.16 | Reply
    Pat wrote:

    In the 70s I discovered macrame. Plant hangers,owls,purses. But life happened and I moved on. Now I’m my late 50s I became ill and could not work any more. Trying not to become insane I had to do something. I started tying knots and fell in love again. people think I’m nuts when I show them my lannii full of hanging plant hangers . It’s so different now but I love it. Keep knotting

    • 6.22.16 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      Pat, I hope you keep knotting! Who cares if people think your nuts! When you start knotting the repetitive activity can really put you in a very relaxed state.

      If you run out of room for plant hangers maybe you should think about selling some…
      … just saying. Could become profitable.

    • 7.10.17 | Reply
      Tami Gilson wrote:

      Pat, I live in the Florida panhandle & went searching for macrame plant hangers. This is when I found out if I wanted any, I would have to buy them on etsy or in the mass stores like Big Lots where the only options were ‘Made in China’. That wasn’t acceptable to me! I then turned to Pintrest and You Tube to teach myself the Art. I have made a plant hanger with some jute I bought at Ace Hardware (didn’t go shopping for it, just noticed it was on sale). I have since thought, there is a market here for “MADE IN AMERICA” plant hangers. After all, I am living near the beach & plants are hanging everywhere here due to having warm weather 8-9 months a year. I can only imagine how many were made in China & cringe. I would suggest you look into placing your plant hangers in gift shops & such for all those who don’t have the time or talent. Just think, Buying American is all the rage again.

  7. 2.27.16 | Reply
    ana belen wrote:

    Hi Andy! wich kind of rope is that “xl size” ? I love it. Tahnks!

    • 2.29.16 | Reply
      Lindsay T. wrote:

      The material is Conso Cotton Piping. Cord size 6 (3/4”)

      • 11.10.17 | Reply
        Laura wrote:

        Hi! Does the large piping that is used have the thin braided threads around it like I’ve seen in other cotton piping? I’m trying to find it without the outer braiding but am having a hard time. Any help would be wonderful!

  8. 3.6.16 | Reply
    chemmy's kraftsy wrote:

    Wow,i got more inspired tonight with your work,i only make bags and slippers but now ,i can do more

    • 6.22.16 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      You can do so much more! Good luck on all of your future projects. Half the fun is thinking about what you want to make! Thanks for letting us know that we inspired you, that keeps us going!

  9. 3.14.16 | Reply
    Cristina wrote:

    This is Wonderful! I am bummed that I missed the class. Will there be another class soon? Would Lindsey be interested in selling her work?

    • 6.22.16 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      I will probably be teaching more classes for Hallmarkers at work. I’m going to be teaching a class through the “My 5 Days” program in September I believe. Would love to see you in class!

      Can’t speak for Lindsay, but shoot her an email. You never know!

  10. 3.25.16 | Reply
    Becci wrote:

    I’m making a back drop for my sons wedding, I found something on pinterest but trying to figure out how long to cut the cords… it’s going to be about 6 foot long, not tight knots, any idea? Thank you

    • 6.22.16 | Reply
      Montrealbride wrote:

      I am making a back drop for my sisters wedding. Also going to be 6ft. Wondered if you ever got answer and how yours went. Pls feel free to email Thanks.

      • 6.22.16 | Reply
        Andy Newcom wrote:

        I am so sorry I didn’t answer the previous comments earlier. I like to avoid this question because there are soooo many factors involved and there is no easy answer. The answer depends on the diameter of the material you are using, the density of your design and the list goes on.

        I try to always give myself a lot more rope than I need. Usually I would say to make your rope/cord strands at least 5 times as long as your finished piece but if there is gong to be minimal knotting you may be ok making each strand 2 to 3 times as long as the finished piece. Without seeing your material and the design it’s hard to even guess.

  11. 6.27.16 | Reply
    Valerie wrote:

    I love how positive you are. My motto is good vibes only and you spread it with you macrame good ties only;) I’m having a hard time research where to buy the correct rope.

    Do you have and tips on where to find it?

    • 7.6.16 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      Hi Valerie,

      Take a look at my latest blog post, “Macrame’ Forever.” I talk a little bit about where I send students to find materials…
      …everywhere and anywhere! I find to be a good source for white welt cord. Hope that helps!

  12. 7.3.16 | Reply
    Kim wrote:

    im super excited to start macrame-ing
    Im really interested in how to do this last pattern,
    How can i find out how to recreate that?

    • 7.6.16 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      Hi Kim,

      Go to my latest Think.Make.Share. blog post, “Macrame’ Forever,” and at the very end is a video on how to create the basic macrame’ knots. The piece you want to create is made entirely from the half hitch knot. Watch the video and I think that will show you what you need to know!

  13. 7.6.16 | Reply
    Bessy martinez wrote:

    I really enjoy reading you, I macrame when i was about ten too, the masterpiece of mine never left my mind, never. I started macrame 3 days ago, and here I am reading you so beautiful! Your story is so real and fascinated I have a passion for macrame too I always did but never made the time to actually do it. I’m now and I love it! I will love to see videos where you fix any mistakes along the way with your macrame, like the ends of your projects or why the knots get loose after you are done?! or how to incorporate beds!
    Thank you!!

    • 7.14.16 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      Bessy, thank you so much for your very kind comments. I’m so glad that macrame’ has found you again!

      You have some great ideas for videos in the future and now the Think.Make.Share team has them too! Keep watching and reading our blog.

  14. 7.16.16 | Reply

    I was at the tail end of the last macrame explosion so never really got to grips with it . We have just moved to france and have been looking for something to hang in the palm trees and saw the jar holders on pintrest and stumbled onto your page . Amazing stuff so pleased people are getting back into crafts . I knit and crochet and cannot wait to add “knotting” to my list .
    Thank you

    • 7.20.16 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      Elaine, you can’t imagine how thrilled we are to have a macrame’ connection living in France! Send us your pics when you pick up the jute and start knotting!

  15. 8.9.16 | Reply

    That was a great tutorial I found on Pinterest. I love that you do a class do you have online tutorials or a you tube page?

    I’m in the Indianapolis area, do you ever do classes around here?

    • 8.10.16 | Reply
      Think.Make.Share wrote:

      Andy’s follow up post: Macramé Forever has a step by step video tutorial! See the link at the top of this post. Happy Crafting!

  16. 8.20.16 | Reply
    Erin wrote:

    This was a great read. I really enjoyed it. Maybe it will inspire me to finally get those macrame curtains started.

  17. 8.29.16 | Reply
    Karen wrote:

    Hey Andy, I absolutely love macrame! Only just started a couple of months ago, and love everything about it..still have lots of knots to learn. Your videos help too, love your work. Thank you ?

  18. 10.4.16 | Reply
    Danielle wrote:

    Are you teaching any classes currently or in the near future in the kc area? I would love to attend.
    Thank you,

    • 10.5.16 | Reply
      Think.Make.Share wrote:

      Hi Danielle,

      We don’t have additional workshops planned as of now, but keep an eye on the blog and IG (@think.make.share) for updates!

  19. 10.8.16 | Reply
    Ejiaz Parker wrote:

    Hi Andy, I live in South Africa and I’m very interested in macramé. I went to my nearest library and a couple of book stores and couldn’t find anything on macramé. I just love all the beautiful things that can be made. I want to know what materials I need and how to do a few knots.

  20. 10.20.16 | Reply

    Love that macrame is coming back. Haven’t done any in about 25 years but plan to start again. First piece will be a curtain for the back window of my husbands truck

    • 10.20.16 | Reply
      Think.Make.Share wrote:

      Love that, Helen!

  21. 10.24.16 | Reply
    Andres Vissuetti wrote:

    Hello Andy, I want to make a hammock for my girlfriend and I was wondering if that Conso Cotton Piping Cord Size 6 (3/4″) macrame design will be able to hold a person? Thanks for your time and consideration!

    • 10.27.16 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      Andres, what a great thing to do for your girlfriend! I would NOT use the cotton piping if the hammock will be outside, if the material got wet it would turn to mush! You could use the cotton cord for inside use but I would suggest that you knot with something stronger like clothesline cord. The cotton piping cord is very white and would get dirty quickly if used as a hammock and I would still be concerned about the durability of that material even if it did not get wet. Let me know how the project turns out!

  22. 10.24.16 | Reply
    Martina wrote:

    Fantastic may try before Christmas if my crochet is finished. Again well done

    • 10.27.16 | Reply
      Andy Newcom wrote:

      Martina, thank you so much! Hope you enjoy Macrame’ as much as working on your crochet projects. I think you will love it!

  23. 11.3.16 | Reply
    sonia wrote:

    Hi Andy –
    Do you have a resource for convo cord you use? Also, how do you estimate how long your cords should be for your project?

  24. 11.11.16 | Reply
    Samantha SImpson wrote:

    Andy I can’t find the large sized paper cord that Jen, Trends guru at Hallmark used on her Macrame piece. I’d really love to get my hands on some of this cord. If you can help me out that would be great.


  25. 11.17.16 | Reply
    Lois wrote:

    Could you please guide me in determining how long to make cords when I see a pattern I like and they don’t want to share the instructions on how to make it. I know most of the knots just don’t know how to determine the number of cords and length of cords of items.
    thank you for any help in this

  26. 11.28.16 | Reply
    Juliette wrote:

    Love this! Just purchased a bunch of 60s 70s crafts books at the thrift store and some rope at a local hardware store; trying out macramé this winter and very excited about it! I want to make flower pot hangers, window dressings, a head board, daybed too… I know a little ambitious maybe 🙂 ooh and I forgot stools!!
    Any advice for a novice, I’ll take it!

  27. 12.4.16 | Reply
    Ala wrote:

    Stunning, simple, and makes me wanna tangle up knots to be beautiful!

  28. 12.9.16 | Reply
    Sheetal wrote:

    I loved the art your fingers create..its lovely.but I don’t know knitting anything.
    Could you please help me start?

    Thanking you

  29. 12.17.16 | Reply
    Mary wrote:

    I can’t believe it’s back. I did this in the 70s alsoand loved it. I was just thinking on doing some lately because I had a plant that needs hanging and I didn’t like how it was hanging in right now. So on that note I’m on my way . Let’s go fingers . Thanks you for the inspiration .

  30. 12.30.16 | Reply
    Bernarda wrote:

    el macrame es maravilloso, felicitaciones, me encantaria aprender paso a paso los distintos nudos..

  31. 1.3.17 | Reply
    Patti T wrote:

    I love them all! I have always been a lover of macrame. Thanks for sharing.

  32. 1.7.17 | Reply
    Michelle wrote:

    I want to learn this for my Windows covering can you send a video

  33. 1.9.17 | Reply
    Cait wrote:

    Even though my parents had a macrame owl in their front hallway while I was growing up (and still do) I never really appreciated it until just recently when I have discovered how awesome macrame is. Love the post and all the pieces that everyone did, all so beautiful and inspiring!!

  34. 1.10.17 | Reply
    Márcia Antonia Gonçalves wrote:

    Gostaria que pudesse tradução para o português (Brasil) não entendo Inglês, desde já agradeço!!!

  35. 1.10.17 | Reply
    Gidget wrote:

    Hi Andy, i am trying to do my first big project it is a 3 tier hanging planter, but I cannot figure out how to exactly do it I have looked for patterns and I need help! Can you help me out PLEASE?? You don’t know how much I am so excited about doing it but I need a little help?PLEASE

  36. 1.23.17 | Reply
    Leslie Forbes wrote:

    I was around from the first incarnation of macrame. Unfortunately my headspace was devoted to horses, sewing and knitting.

    Now I want to learn crochet and macrame. Yes the old grey mare has slowed down, we’ll sort of. My body wants to stay on terra firma. So I am gathering the tools and will work on square knots and half hitches. Which reminds me of my girl guide days

  37. 1.30.17 | Reply
    Debi Ross wrote:

    I was a 70s macrame belt making machine but never made anything else more advanced than that. But since I have parrots now, I am looking for ideas to make their lives interesting and toys, things to climb on, etc are perfect for them!

    I was thoroughly entertained by your writing style, too!

  38. 2.18.17 | Reply
    Christine wrote:

    Wow! Your story takes me back to those summer days sitting on my folks porch making macrame and other crafts. It did disappear as suddenly as you said, but I think it was still lurking in the back of my mind every time I would tie a knot and call it a “lark’s head” or “half-hitch” knot. It’s almost as if I had access to a secret language that my younger friends knew nothing about…until now! Enjoy the resurgence!

  39. 2.19.17 | Reply
    Christine R wrote:

    J’adore! Magnifique!

  40. 2.25.17 | Reply
    Tonya wrote:

    I have looked online for large cording material like Jen used and have been unsuccessful at finding it. I could be using the wrong search terms, maybe? Anyone have suggestions as where to find it or what this large cording would be called?

  41. 2.26.17 | Reply

    Love your story. I’ve been doing macrame since the 1970’s and have been combining it with the dolls I design wearing the clothing that I weave. I’ve have taught macrame to the girl scouts, groups that I belong to and to anyone who walks into my home. My claim to fame is making a square knot in one step. I learned it from a sailor years ago.

  42. 4.27.17 | Reply
    Zelcat wrote:

    Andy you are my macrame hero. Loved your story about the seventies, wish I could remember more about them ;). But I do recall that I absolutely could not learn macrame. I would measure and cut all these strands then lay them out on a long table then…….
    Somehow the instructions never made any sense to me. And I didn’t know a soul who was making anything other than skimpy plant holders. Fast forward to now, and the Internet, and I don’t know what I was searching for when your video popped up on my youtube feed recently. Maybe your mastery shined through in your clear simple explanation of the basic knots. But I dug out some jute from my garden supplies and suddenly I could do what you were showing and, incredibly, I could “read” the finished pieces I saw in all those books I’ve saved since the seventies and online. The light went on and stayed on all thanks to you, Andy! I’m sure you’re very busy with your job but I hope you will post more about your macrame or maybe write a book!

  43. 6.1.17 | Reply
    Ruth Ann Park wrote:

    I love your blog,
    I’ve always been into macrame even when it was “dead”!

  44. 6.6.17 | Reply
    Janine wrote:

    do you have patterns for fringes suitable for towels?

  45. 6.30.17 | Reply
    Regina wrote:

    Where do you get your macramé rope? I can not find large quantities to make a window curtain.

  46. 7.3.17 | Reply
    Leisa Haynes wrote:

    Great article! I’m making macrame jars hanging with beads….beautiful! I’m excited by this article! Love you Andy!
    Leisa in Oklahoma

  47. 7.6.17 | Reply
    Carri Boyd wrote:

    Do you still teach macrame classes?

  48. 7.14.17 | Reply

    Oh my gosh!!!! I laughed and re-lived my childhood macramé years throughout your story!!! Yes, I also was a 70’s “knot freak”! Sold my hand made necklaces to Jr High teachers, made hanging planters with lights and made the ‘most awesome window treatment’ for a boyfriend’s (now husband of 35 yrs) new home….oh you know how far this can go…..
    So, now like you, I am thrilled about the resurgence of this fun art…I finally have my ‘purpose’ back!
    Very much enjoyed your gift of writing and sense of humor.
    Thank you!!! Tina Morrison,CA

  49. 8.1.17 | Reply
    Elaine wrote:

    The 70’s were my vibe and tribe. Art in high school was my favorite way to explore textile mediums. The local swap meet was where I got inspiration from India imported tapestries, pottery and macrame, all while listening to my bootleg 8-track tapes.
    I now live at the beach and NEED macrame for my plants and windows. I’m really excited to try this again.

  50. 8.5.17 | Reply
    Linda Hastings wrote:

    I loved it in the 70’s & I’ve just picked it up again & still love it!

  51. 8.6.17 | Reply
    Diana wrote:

    I loved macramé in the 70’s, my first project was an owl. I would love to make a Tree of Life but I can not find instructions. I have search the web, pintrest, and book stores with no luck. Is there away that I can find this pattern? Help me please and thank you.

  52. 8.8.17 | Reply
    Micheline Worl wrote:

    On the second to last picture, can you tell me the diameter of the rope used? Please and thank you! – Micheline

  53. 8.14.17 | Reply
    Pamela wrote:

    I love macrame. Very happy to hear it’s coming back. I was thinking about making curtains for my kitchen.

  54. 8.25.17 | Reply
    Kavita wrote:

    Learnt macrame when I was in India. That was 3 decades ago…..Suddenly have this interest for the craft and I want to create a wall hanging for my bedroom but am unable to find any good tutorial out there. Would have preferred a video tutorial but at this point I will take anything I can get. Any suggestions?

  55. 8.27.17 | Reply
    Connie wrote:

    nice work Andy love any patterns you can email me. My husband is a disabled Viet Nam Navy Vet. in the 70s when he came home from the war he would macramé on his moms back porch all kinds of things. I asked him to do some hangers for me and they are magnificent!!! It helps him so much to do this but very very difficult to find patterns for him. pintrest is a nightmare and the few that share only give you instuctions as clear as mud. Any wall hanging patterns that you might have to share would much appreciate. Thanks Connie

  56. 8.31.17 | Reply
    L Reese wrote:

    Andy, amongst your many other talents, your writing style is wonderful. You brought back the 1970s for me, in technicolor. You inspired serious empathy. I laughed, I cried… I hope you keep writing beautifully human pieces like this one, forEVER.

  57. 10.6.17 | Reply
    Gina wrote:

    Andy, I’m so inspired by your journey with macrame! I have actually picked up macrame and have made a few plant hangers and wall hangings. I’m a newbie at this but I am determined to make a macrame baby swing for my daughter’s first birthday which is in just two weeks! I’m having an issue understanding the pattern however and would be so honored if there were any way you can help me to get started! I can’t find any help for baby swings online!!! I can email you my pattern perhaps? Thank you so much for your time!

  58. 11.7.17 | Reply
    Carlisa_d wrote:

    Your article made me smile, giggle and want to revisit those years where sun tea was king! Thanks for sharing your talents and memories with us..and kudos to your parents for encouraging your interests, whatever they were. I’m also thrilled to see macrame cone back and just gaga over all the styles coming out.

  59. 3.3.18 | Reply
    Pat wrote:

    So glad the macrame magic is back! I loved it then and I love adding pieces to my house now. Just working on a valance for a super high stairway window. Nothing else would do!

  60. 3.9.18 | Reply

    Inspiring idea and creative

  61. 3.28.18 | Reply

    Thank you for that tutorial. I have been salavating over macrame projects on pintrist and probably saved somewhere in the hundreds of pics posted praying one day I could learn….terrified at the complexity I just looked in awe. That is until I watched you simple basic knot instruction. Thank you! Tomorrow I’m going out to get me some rope! I can’t right now because it’s 5:30 in the morning. Again thank you, and that chubby fingered little boy who brought joy to my life.

    • 3.28.18 | Reply
      Trish B. wrote:

      That is our FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD to hear. You’re going to rock this.

  62. 4.14.18 | Reply
    Maureen wrote:


    Just found this article when looking for a macrame table runner pattern. You and I are kindred spirits! I was not into macramé with the passion you were but it was a craft I thoroughly enjoyed and couldn’t figure out why it became “unvogue” but then I couldn’t understand why the Osmonds also went out of style. Hey, good music is good music no matter when or who produced it. Would love to meet you one day and compare notes on the 70’s and 80’s.


  63. 4.19.18 | Reply
    Natalie wrote:

    I loved reading every word, and seeing the beautiful finished works. I remember the Drop of Macrame with the Ball on New Years Eve 1979 like it was yesterday. Glad to see it back.

    • 4.20.18 | Reply
      Tobe R. wrote:

      We couldn’t agree more, Natalie!

  64. 7.21.18 | Reply
    Linda Wade wrote:

    What a great story!!!!! I love to macrame and I remember the 70’s, but I didn’t start till 1980. I was into foster care and then got bored and joined a craft store class for macrame and I couldn’t put it down!
    I am still macrameing, I just LOVE IT!!

    • 7.23.18 | Reply
      Tobe R. wrote:

      We’re with you, Linda! Macrame forever!

  65. 7.26.18 | Reply
    Bonnie wrote:

    What a wonderful article you wrote! I was one of those macrame junkies back in the 70’s, as was my Mom. A few years ago she gave me this huge plastic storage bin and when I opened it, I was electrified! I was once again that 1970’s “Macrame Junkie”. After she passed away this last year, I found a few of her beautiful hangers and they are hanging up again proudly. I am so glad to see it reborn..May it live on!

  66. 8.19.18 | Reply
    Jim wrote:

    Found this as I was trying to determine if I should get rid of my supplies. I too have a similar story and share your passion. In the day I was a perfectionist knotter, and actually had clients that I made many pieces for. I have kept all of my books and patterns for forty years. A co-worker wanted to learn so she re-woke my passion. In the last few years I have made some old pieces that I have sold and a few I have kept. Would love to show you a couple I still have..just to show you this is real…do you have email wher3 I could send you a photo? Thanks

  67. 9.14.18 | Reply
    Catherine wrote:

    I was a hippy from the 70’s. Taught myself how to do macrame. I made many plant and wall hangings. Wish I knew what happened to them. Then it suddenly died. Recently while shopping I’ve been seeing macrame all over the place and its very costly. I am excited to get back into it again and create some amazing pieces. Not to sell but to give to family and friends who will appreciate this amazing art.

  68. 10.21.18 | Reply
    Jennifer partain wrote:

    I’m really new into this Macramé. I have started my first wall hanging. I used to knot in the 80’s as a teenager. Your article was inspiring and very vivid stories of you learning. Thank you for writing this it makes me want to read more about Macramé. Did I read in the comments that u have a blog?

  69. 11.23.18 | Reply
    Rebecca wrote:

    I too loved to macrame in the 70’s. My patient father took me to go buy a skein of cord do I could make plant hangers. I too have just recently rekindled my love of macrame, and thanks to the internet it’s easier than ever to learn. I loved your story?.

  70. 12.12.18 | Reply
    Peggy kahi wrote:

    My sister got me onto macreme and now that I have retired I’m back at it again ,there are alot of beautiful Patten around and I’m going to try some of them ,I don’t know if they have macreme class in my area so I pop into Google online and look at some Pattens that I can play with ,so here goes wish me luck

  71. 12.15.18 | Reply
    Samantha i Escudero gontes wrote:

    hi, i would like to know were to buy the metal pieces you used. Lovely pieces you make. Thanks.

    • 12.16.18 | Reply
      Trish B. wrote:

      Hi, Samantha! You can find the copper pipes and connectors at any hardware store. The pipes are available in different sizes and REALLY easy to cut with a small hacksaw.

  72. 1.13.19 | Reply
    Lucia wrote:

    Me encanta este arte .GRACIAS por compartir sus conocimientos ..sus dones y talentos ..Dios les siga bendiciendo

  73. 1.27.19 | Reply

    By the time the 70’s rolled around I had finished university (to be a PE teacher), didn’t want to teach and was itching to tap into my creative side…..macrame along with knitting, crochet, 3-D picture gluing, etc. took hold of me! Now in my late 60’s, I’ve found macrame again. Thanks for all your ideas and keep on knotting!

  74. 5.31.19 | Reply
    SuzzQ wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful article and images. I was recently discussing with my Mum a couple of planters that I had made for her at Brownies when I was about 8, that she has lovingly grown plants in for over 40 years. I decided to try and make myself one for my new house. It was amazing how I didn’t need to look at the instructions, my hands just knew what to do and the pleasure was exactly the same, all those years on. I also feel like I have reconnected with an old love. I’ve made some very chunky, organic beads from polymer clay, coloured wraps and have used more modern pots to create a contemporary look and feel. It’s such a great craft. I’m sorry I left it so long to reconnect.

  75. 6.15.19 | Reply
    Maria wrote:

    Awesome articule

  76. 7.8.19 | Reply
    Judy Burnett wrote:

    What a great story. Using our fingers to produce works of art is heartwarming. I fell in love with macrame at 4H camp and the love has been in my heart since. I was about 12 then and 74 now. I can so relate to your story. Enjoying life….why Knot.?

  77. 9.7.19 | Reply

    hi i love you blog easy to understand