What is Macrame

Kylie D

Macrame is an old art form that has been gaining popularity again in recent years. Macrame uses different combinations of knots to create interesting textiles that can be used in a variety of ways. Besides the classic wall hangings and plant hangers, macrame can also be used to make items such as jewelry, table runners, key chains, and more. 

Macrame has been around for thousands of years and its practicality is what keeps it around today. Simple cotton cord or yarn is used to craft the knots together in intricate patterns which can make anything from a functional plant hanger to an abstract piece of home décor. 

History of Macrame

Macrame has been around for centuries, but recently it is enjoying a revival. This craft dates back to the 13th century, but some historians think that knotting may have been used for decorative purposes in ancient Persian and Babylonian artifacts from centuries BC. Macrame was introduced to the western world from the weavers of Arabic countries, where knotting techniques were used to add finishing touches such as fringe around the edges of woven tapestries and rugs.

Throughout history sailors were also significant contributors to this craft’s development during the Great Age of Sail (1700s – 1830s). Not only did sailors have knowledge of different types of knots which they used for decorative purposes on knives, bottles and parts of the ship – but certain styles of knotted rope had bartering value too! 

The term ‘macrame’ resonates most with reminiscent bohemian-style wall hangings made popular in the 1960s and 1970s. However, this is just one aspect of this celebrated art form. It can be used for much more than wall hangings: plant hangers, jewelry, bags and even clothing.

With the resurgence of macramé today, it’s important to remember how its roots span many cultures across centuries.

Modern Macrame

Modern Macrame has come a long way from the traditional manual method. Now, if you’re looking for precise and accurate results, you can use CNC multi-head sewing machines. This is an ideal option for companies that need to churn out large amounts of macrame items on a regular basis. However, these specialized machines come with a hefty price tag, so unless you’ve got hundreds or thousands of projects to take on each day, it’s probably not worth the investment.

Macrame crafts have made a comeback in recent years and are growing more popular among those who appreciate handmade artworks. 

The beauty generated from this craft and its ability to be manipulated means macramé continues to provide aesthetically pleasing material today while serving as a reminder of its long journey throughout centuries around the world.


Macrame is an ancient art form that has been around for centuries, but recently it’s been enjoying a revival. With the resurgence of macramé today, it’s important to remember how its roots span many cultures across centuries and how it can be used for much more than wall hangings. There are multiple ways to create macrame items now – traditional manual methods, as well as CNC multi-head sewing machines for large-scale production.

About Me

I discovered macrame about five years ago, and it was love at first sight. I was instantly drawn to the intricate designs and the tactile nature of the craft. As someone who loves working with their hands, macrame was the perfect creative outlet for me.

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