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Saturday, May 15, 2010

No Owls Allowed......

I keep digging through books, the net, and old magazines, trying to remember what was popular back in the good old days......I forgot one of the most important crafts! Mid sixties meant the beginning of Macrame.

I got in on the ground floor of that craft, so to speak. I found an old DMC needlecraft book from the early 1900s and was off to the races. I didn't even know how to pronounce the word. Had to look it up, but it was intriguing enough to get me hooked just from the old engravings in the book. I had to try it.

My first pieces were with rug yarn. By the 70s, when it was really took off, I was skilled enough to teach classes in local craft stores.I made just about anything you could think of out of the knots. That included purses and vests.

I pulled out some old books today and started digging through them. Tessie was looking over my shoulder and reallllly liked the macrame hammock....

I talked her into a wall hanging to start. We will work up from there.....Hopefully she will get distracted after the wall hanging. Hopefully......

I went out in the back yard and grabbed a few twigs. The one that I settled on was from one of the rosemary bushes. Interesting shape.

Here is the beginning. I started it with the infamous lark's head knots. I put on 14 strands for 28 working weavers.

This is what it looked like after about an hour.....Yup. Another craft that takes just as long in mini as it does in real life. I wanted you to see a couple of the tricks that I use for mini macrame.

I have the twig pinned down to a piece of ceiling tile so that it won't shift. I put three loops of painter's tape, sticky side out to hold the non working threads out of the way. This is a real time saver.

I just noticed that this is starting to look like the awful owl macrame pieces that were popular in the early 70s....NO!!!! Not the ugly owl!!!! i am going to have to do something about that.

I am not sure why I insisted on working on things that are messing up my eyesight this week. First the chair. Then the rug. Now macrame. I think that I need to go do something big for a while.

Maybe I will do some sock knitting. I don't have to watch what I am doing with that.

Tessie has been in the pod chair for 24 hours straight. She refuses to leave and has Zar waiting on her hand and foot....She keeps promising him a turn, sitting in it if he does whatever she asks.....I have a feeling that he is about to dump a drink over her head. I do hope that she has the sense to move out of the new chair before this happens.

Anyway, I am going to go watch the fun and knit socks for the rest of the day.

See you tomorrow.
P. S. I forgot to add a great site to teach yourself macrame and get free patterns....Go here! Not only do they have patterns for "ugly" owls, they even have Siamese cats and bunnies!.....NO!!! I am not making those for Tessie!


Tabitha Corsica said...

Ahem....I HAVE one of those ugly macrame owls around here big size...ugh.

Kathi said...

Mini macrame, how cool is that! I made that owl! Yep. That same ugly owl!
Wonder what ever happened to it? It's probably become a bird's nest from some "recycle" pile somewhere! Not that that will happen to yours or anything...

I've got some old macrame books myself. Now I know why I keep everything! LOL

Glenda said...

Oh my, that owl takes me back!!
Well done - mini macrame can't be easy!

Peach Blossom Hill said...

I did macrame too--took classes from a woman in our church. Now I doubt it would even come back to me as that was in junior high, I believe. I remember that owl! Remember to put an ashtray in the scene, too. Every house had several ash trays laying about as 'everyone' smoked back then!


Caseymini said...

Jody, you will never see an ashtray or any kind of smoking equipment in any of my scenes. I am allergic to tobacco smoke in real life. Very unpleasant for me. The little people will have to do without.LOL

Margriet said...

I like mini-macramé :-) Made an miniature owl some time ago!!!
You can see it here:
We never had an owl in the macramé-days, but we did have macramé-planthangers LOL

The Dangerous Mezzo said...

Macrame owls! heh heh heh

When I was a kid/teenager in the 1970s I was big into macrame, too. Lots of ugly plant hangers, as I recall ...

I love your hanging!

The Old Maid said...

Mini macrame is great - but for me it is not looking like that owl you're talking about - well maybe I just don't remember them....I can't;)