Macrame can liven up your living space with its elaborate patterns and versatility of design. The art of macramé, or “macromay” has a long history and originated in the 13th century. The craft originated in the Middle East and spread through Europe, China, and the New World. Today, the art has evolved into large macramé wall hangings, shawls, veils, curtains, and throws to add décor and texture to all rooms in the home. (image via wemakecollective.com)
How to Create a Macramé Tapestry
To create a macramé tapestry, you are probably wondering just what it is. Macrame is basically trying knots into a pattern with rope. There are many types of macramé knots, but here are a few that you should start practicing to get the hang of knot trying.
Reverse Larkshead Knot – The Reverse Larkshead Knot is normally used to keep the macramé cord on the dowel rod. Fold the macramé rope in half and place the loop beneath the dowel rod. Next, loop the cords down through the loop and pull them tight into a knot. In the end, your knot should look like this:
Half Knot – The Half Knot is made with four cords. Separate them so the two outer cords are separate from the two inner cords. Cross the left cord over the two inner cords and underneath the right cord. Cross the right cord to the left creating a loop. Pull tight to secure the knot.
Square Knot – a Square Knot is basically continuing the half knot. Complete the Half Knot as described above. Next, reverse the steps by bringing the right cord to the left and underneath the left cord. The next step is to cross the right cord over and pull the knot tight.
Braid with Half Hitch and Overhand Knot – If you know how to braid, this will be an easy knot for you to master. Use two pieces of rope in each of the three sections. Braid the cords as you would normally keeping the two sets together. Once you get to the end, keep the furthest left cord out. Wrap the left cord around all the cords and pull it up through the loop. Now, do the same using the right cord.
Displaying Large Macrame Wall Hangings
Heavily threaded and generally light-weight, smaller macrame is simple to hang. While a hook and nail would likely suit minimal pieces that don’t take up much space, if you are interested in large macrame wall hangings that you may move around frequently, then a more complete hanging system is your best bet. Hanging macrame can be a lot like hanging tapestries where you will have to align the piece perfectly while providing strong, even support.
Hooks and nails are not a good idea for larger pieces of macrame. These traditional styles are inherently destructive to the walls and, if you underestimate the weight, you may be left with a long hole in your wall in the shape of California. Instead, even distribution is easily accomplished with a picture rail system. These rail-based, aluminum, wall & ceiling systems are easily installed and allow for full customization. Enforced cords hang from the rails and clip onto your macrame. Many pieces already feature a triangular section that will already help even out the hanging, so you may only need a few nails. A rail system will provide even more balance and location options.
Exquisite Examples of Macramé Wall Hangings
Now that you understand some basic concepts of macramé, it is time to get some inspiration for your projects. There are many types of knots and designs that can be used in macramé, it just takes a little time to learn them. If you do not have the time to craft your own tapestry, there are also stores online that sell hand-crafted macramé tapestries. Let’s take a look at some ideas for some inspiration to decorate your home.
1. Pop of Color
Macramé wall hangings don’t have to be just white, they can be any color you want. Use cords that are dyed different colors or you can add color to the ends once the piece is done. These can easily be hung with the STAS hanging system. Once you put these tapestries on the system, they can be moved around on the wall. Switch the colored tapestries around depending on the look you are going for. With the hanging system, these can be easily moved into different positions for a new look.
2. Beach Inspired
This macramé tapestry uses birch wood to hold the cords in place. The wood gives the piece a beachy feel which flows through the cords of the tapestry. The theme is continued by wood accents beneath the tapestry. Place the accent wood pieces in a vase filled with sand to pull the theme together. If you need to add some color, try natural tan or blue-green to remind you of sitting on the beach.
3. More Than Knots
While macramé is the art of knots, there are a variety of ways this can play out. Here we have a tapestry that creates leaves flowing down the cords of the piece. This adds more texture to the room than the traditional macramé tapestry would. The leaf macramé tapestry would complement a room with a nature theme or a minimalist look. This type of tapestry would also look great in a yoga studio or meditation room.
4. Accent the Tapestry
The tapestry doesn’t have to stay as is once you complete it. You can put anything – such as accents – you want on it. This piece is a good example of rustic décor that can be dressed up depending on the season. For this tapestry, the rustic feels flows through the area with the vintage jars and wooden candles. The pine cones are reminiscent of Christmas and the accent piece can be made to be removable. During the fall, create an accent with fall colors to add to the décor. The accent can be customized for the different seasons, holidays, and your mood.
5. Bedroom Piece
A large wall hanging macramé tapestry looks great over the head of the bed. This large piece spruces up an otherwise boring wall. The colors on the bed give the room enough color so the tapestry does not need to add more. The tapestry does add texture that is much needed in this room. The combination of the two create an interesting focal point for a modern style bedroom. The style of the tapestry has a wavy feel which complements the geometry of the bedspread. The palm tree accent on the night stand pulls this look together.
6. Group Tapestries Together
What is better than one tapestry? Three macramé tapestries staggered in a row. These diagonal pieces look great next to the Christmas tree and the best part is you don’t have to take them down once Christmas is over. These tapestries can be left up throughout the year by using complementing accent pieces to change with the seasons. They are easy to decorate with as they are neutral in color yet add a unique aspect to the living room.
7. Bookshelf Accents
Do you have one shelf on the wall that is by itself? It probably looks plain and boring even with the decorations that sit on the shelf. A couple of macramé tapestries will enhance the look while securing the ends of the shelf so your decorations won’t fall off. The tapestry can be made into the shelf or worked around the side depending on how it is designed. Beads dotted throughout this macramé piece make it more visually appealing as well. Add a couple more shelves above and below this one to add more space and visual interest.
8. Tree of Life
Macrame tapestries can be made into patterns. This tree of life piece can be hung in a library, bedroom, or living room. This tapestry adds color and creates an interesting talking piece. No matter what type of theme you have in your home, the Tree of Life tapestry can step the décor up a level.
9. Interesting Curtain
A macramé piece can be made into a curtain. This is perfect if you have a window that you want some light to get through, but you don’t need the window completely blocked out. The curtain adds an airy feel and opens allows a good amount of light in without having to completely open the curtain. The curtain can be styled a few different ways as it gives a bohemian feels or can be made to have a vintage look. The accents surrounding the curtain will define this type of curtain.
10. Accent Piece
Perfect for the foyer or smaller entryway to the home, this wall-piece adds unique texture to otherwise plain wall. The threads perfectly angle up the stair case direction, providing compelling movement in the home. Adding this kind of hanging macramé piece over bright color would really make the threads pop out. (from Macro Macrame)
The Beauty of Macrame Tapestries
Macrame is simple to learn once you master the knots. There are many types of knots to create different designs and looks depending on your personality, décor, and skill level and the tapestries can be easily hung on their rods or with picture rail systems. Macrame tapestries come in many sizes, colors, and styles so you will find the perfect one to complement your home décor.