If you grew up in the â€™60s or â€™70s, your home probably featured a macramÃ© wall decoration or maybe a plant hanger, and now these are back in fashion.
Part of the appeal of macramÃ© is that it requires no equipment other than a mounting ring and some cord, and projects tend to work up fast. While itâ€™s not suitable for garments, this technique is perfect for robust home accessories such as wall art, rugs, bags and plant hangers.
For a piece to be considered true macramÃ©, it has to incorporate at least one macramÃ© knot, and there are a few different knots to learn. However, crochet fans may have noticed designers producing macramÃ©-inspired open-textured pieces that mimic this technique.
To have a go, try Claire Montgomerieâ€™s Cotton Plant Hangers from issue 145 or her Boho Hanging from issue 116. Lucy Djevdet is often inspired by macramÃ© â€“ take a look at her Hanging Herb Planters from issue 125, the Granny Mac Wall Hanging from issue 115, or the Hanging Fruit Baskets from issue 133.
For yarns perfect for macramÃ©style crochet projects, try Rico Design Creative Cotton Cord Skinny, DMC Nova Vita 12 and Hoooked Spesso, plus Bobbinyâ€™s 100% recycled cotton cords that come in some beautiful pastel shades (www.jollygoodyarn.com).