EDTC 300,  Learning Project

Fiber to Function: My First Wall-Hanging Macramé Piece

In the world of macramé, where every knot tells a story and every thread adds to the creativity, I decided to embark on a new adventure. This week, I stepped out of my comfort zone of creating small, decorative items and ventured into the realm of larger, more functional pieces. My goal? To design and craft my first-ever wall-hanging macramé piece.

The journey began with the selection of materials. I opted for my usual material cords, which have been chosen for their unique texture and strength. However, this time I used a cord that was thicker than my usual choice. The design was simple yet bold, featuring a series of interconnected knots that would hang gracefully on the wall.

As I worked on the piece, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of excitement. Each knot tied and each strand looped was a step closer to creating something that would not only look good but also serve a purpose. As I finally finished the wall hanging and hung it up for the first time. However, as I stepped back to admire my work, I realized that while the piece looked good, it wasn’t quite what I had envisioned. The knots weren’t as tight as I would have liked, and the overall design felt a bit too simple. Despite these shortcomings, there was a certain charm to the piece. It had character, and more importantly, it was handmade with love and care.macrame wall hanging piece

Reflecting on this experience, I realized that the beauty of macramé lies not just in the end product, but in the journey of creation. Every knot tied and every strand looped is a step towards something beautiful, even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as planned. This project was more than just a first attempt at a wall-hanging piece, it was a learning experience that has encouraged me to push the boundaries of my creativity and take on more challenging projects.

I cannot stress enough the cost-effectiveness of making my own wall hanging and how much of a bonus it is! I spent approximately $7.00 on materials, a fraction of what I would have paid for a similar piece in a store. And the best part? I could customize it to my liking, ensuring it was unique and personal.

This experience has ignited a passion for creating more complex macramé pieces. It’s opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of this craft and has encouraged me to take on more challenges that push the limits of my creativity.

To all fellow macramé enthusiasts out there, whether you’re creating small, decorative items or larger, more functional pieces, remember that every knot you tie is a step towards something beautiful. Happy knotting to all!

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