It was part of the craft wave (including string
art) of the Super70s and like most groovy things from that decade, it
has made its way back. In the Seventies it seemed that just about everyone
had something macramé. There was everything from the simple plant hanger,
hanging chair, table, ashtray, fish bowl, and a whole array of clever
hanging objects. Does your Mother still have the macramé owl you made
hanging on the back of the bathroom door? There were also curtains, room
dividers, wall hangings, hammocks and holiday decorations. Many of these
objects were adorned with beads of all types and colors. Ceramic was hot
then also, so the really groovy thing to do was incorporate the ceramic
butterflies you just made into the coolest hanging table ever. I even had
a pair of macramé earrings.
The first macramé jute that I used was terrible fibrous stuff. It was
course, smelly and small itchy fibers went everywhere. I was so thankful
when I was able to buy acrylic or nylon type cord. This became very
popular after the hoof and mouth scare of the Seventies (warnings about
using jute that came from other countries, such as India, appeared on the
news suggesting it may have been contaminated in some way with hoof and
mouth disease). It quietly went away and no outbreaks were announced.
I can still buy that type of jute or cord today although I only use it
for tying plants in the garden. When I am crafting I use the blends. I
made a plant hanger just the other day and it brought back memories of
learning not to be square but how to tie a square knot.