Needle Crafters: It’s a Macramé Revival!

Diana Oleson

Macramé is making a comeback, and it is better than ever! It has a cleaner and more natural look. The brightly colored wall and plant hangers have been replaced with sleek macramé planters, modern wall décor, and stylish jewelry. Macramé has been around since the 13th century, was made popular in the 1970s, faded by the 1980s, and now in 2021, it’s back. Originally it was used for practical reasons such as covers for camels, as the fringe on the macramé pieces would help scare off flies from the camels and its occupants. Now we create decorative wall hangings that are a little more sophisticated than in the ’70s, and the jewelry is really attractive.

I remember the vests, curtains with wood beads, and plant hangers that would swing during an earthquake. It is fun to see it back again.

So, we are adding macramé to our long list of crafts that the Needle Crafters are making at the Creative Arts Center on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

We do all handmade items with yarn, thread, and fabric, using knitting needles, crochet hooks, needles, and looms.

Thank you to everyone who has donated yarn and other supplies to our group for our charities. You make it possible for us to help others.