As I mentioned earlier, I just love macrame books from this era because this was the absolute pinnacle of macrame. It was as dominant in the craft industry as scrapbooking is today. And that dominance led to a big need for new and unusual projects, and that let to some pure crafting-insanity brilliance.
Let’s start with a few garments – they’re my favorite form of macrame nutty. Definitely, a cheerful gal’s gotta have a snazzy set of hand-knotted suspenders. Can’t you see yourself running into her at the local food co-op? And she always remembers your dog’s name.
The great thing about long, long fringe is that, if you find yourself stuck someplace with nothing to do, you can always continue macrame-ing your own poncho.
My favorite detail here is the neckerchief. Doesn’t this strike you as the wearable equivalent of those wooden-beaded seat covers you sometimes see in taxis?
From here, let’s move on to home decor. I think my house needs a macrame toilet paper dispenser. Especially one dripping with bells – that’ll prevent too much paper-wasting!
…Meanwhile, while seated, you can enjoy the sight of this towel holder. Consider that 34″ finished length for a moment. That’s a towel rack with presence, my friends.
To me, this is a magnum opus of macrame. Seriously – the engineering involved in fitting four plant holders into that curtain? Wow. And the hanging spice rack and utensil holder are perfectly coordinated. After cooking a splendid whole-foods meal, you can peer out this window and wonder what’s going on next door. Why did Janet and Chrissy let that Jack Tripper move in, anyway?
You may have seen macrame room dividers before, but have you seen them festooned with tiny round mirrors? I kid you not, the materials list for this project calls for 1,000 half-inch mirrors. Won’t you take me to Funky Town?
(Big bonus points for the mirrored pedestal in the background!)
No macrame book in the universe would be complete without about 30 or 40 plant hanger designs. Seriously, I have hundreds of pictures of these things in my macrame book collection. And I remember them hanging in homes when I was growing up – I even remember making some myself.
Then IKEA came along and put everything on tasteful plant stands. The bastards.
…Of course, why have a mere plant stand when you could have a macrame extravaganza that houses a glass shelf and a side table?! The finished length of this bad-boy: 83″. You could probably house some birds in the top part.
Bientennial eagle, FTW!! I love that they give you directions for a naturally-hued one as well, so you can make the switch on New Year’s Day, 1977.
The eyes. They follow me everywhere.
There seems to be a certain sadness about the name.
My biggest question is, do you think scrapbooking will look this wonderfully crazy to us in 40 years?