We all remember those hanging planters that hung in the corner of every old persons' home. With their dangling, musty, old, raveling strings that hung down just low enough to tempt the young. And the scowls that wrinkled the face of the owners as they scolded not to touch. They were gross, and it's safe to say, I hated them. I hated them like I hated skinny jeans when they first hit stores. But, we all know I finally caved to the pressure of the pegged leg look alikes, so I'm sure you can guess that I've also had a change of heart about macrame.
In case you are scratching your head, asking, "What the hell is macrame?", my good friends at Wikipedia have thrown us a bone and describe it as this:
Macramé or macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot and forms of "hitching": full hitch and double half hitches. It was long crafted by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms, to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships.
So why the change of heart? Why the newfound love for this once, nursing home design staple? Well my friends, I think it's because, at it roots, it is a very natural element to bring into the home. From the knotted jute twine, to the green of the plant it holds- it is a nice, way to breathe life into room.
Just like skinny jeans, modern macrame is an improvement to an old look. They are less bulky than those from yesteryear, more streamlined and simple. Many (like the one in the photo above that was sold on etsy) play off of the geometric shapes that are also very popular right now.
And just when you thought the plain old natural colored ropes and twines are too boring for your space, BAM! This etsy seller kicks it up a notch by using neon twine.
And last, but certainly not least, I love that these creations are taking on a bit of a boho vibe. Are you feeling like you might want to hop on this bandwagon but your black thumb is screaming, "Don't you do it, I will kill it, I hate the living green!"? If so, maybe a wall hanging is more your thing. The beauty in the photo above is from a pair & a spare. They even give you a quick rundown on how to put your own together!