One of our most popular lines is the Macrame rings we manufacture here on site at Linic Plastics.  I have already done a blog post on macrame last year for Halloween but I was having a look on Pinterest the other day and found lots of lovely Christmas decorations and jewellery made using macrame and it sparked my interest in how trends change in crafting over the years.

Believe it or not, macrame has been around since the 13th century and was used by Arabic weavers to make decorative fringes for their horses and camels to keep the flies away.

The craft spread to Spain with the Moors and then though the rest of Europe arriving in England in the 17th century.  It gained most popularity in this country in Victorian times and was used to make shawls, table covers, bedspreads and curtains until tastes changed again and it wasn’t until the 1970s that it regained some of its popularity.  I’m sure most of you will remember seeing the macrame plant holders which hung in bathrooms particularly.  It was usually a double act with the crochet toilet roll cover with the doll inside it.

 

 

 

 

 

(Photos courtesy of Pinterest, click photo for link)

 

Much like the current trend for 70s fashion, macrame has also become popular again.  Have a look on Pinterest for some fabulous ideas, or if you have some made some things yourself, send us a photo, we’d love to see.   We also often wonder what people use macrame rings for if for anything other than macrame.  Again, we’d love to hear from you if you have found another use for these rings.

Later this week we are hosting the Old Clock Club from Earl Shilton here at Proops. If you are coming along, we are looking foward to meeting you.  A blog post on the evening will follow next week.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Isobel.

 

 

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