At the start of the first lockdown, probably the same as everyone, I found a few things to keep me busy.
I had plenty of Lego to sort; books to read; books to write; things to do.
It seemed a bit of fun to start with and during zoom calls with family members I decided to a bit of Macrame at the same time.
It was something I could do, keeping my hands busy and listening to the conversation at the same time.
Cavandoli Macrame (also called Tapestry Knotting) is an intricate form of knotting used to create geometric patterns. The Cavandoli style is done mainly in a single knot, the double half-hitch knot. Reverse half hitches are sometimes used to maintain balance when working left and right halves of a balanced piece.
(See how to do it below)
My Knotty Family
I started with a name plate for my grandson and then finally did the name plate I had intended to do for my daughter 34 years ago.
As the lockdown continued and zoom calls carried on, I continued to use up some of my old rug wool ends to make a few more names.
I thought I had better do my other sister’s grandchildren, Harriet and Georgia; Riley and Harper are in Australia and were due to come over for a couple of weddings in 2020 so I did their names too.
My daughter was one of the weddings planned for 2020 so I decided to join her and her husband to be in one name plate; ‘Elly and Dave’. Next, I made an individual name for Elly and also one for my son Tom. Then Tom’s wife Ursula.
By now I was on a roll so decided to carry on and create my family tree.
I did the names of my sisters and brother as well as my mum and dad. Plus, my husband and myself.
I had now finally run out of both the orange and the white rug wool. Phew!
But what on earth will I do with them all I began to wonder?
The Virtual Family
Each of the names eventually went off to the named children.
I mounted my son and daughters name plates in picture frames for Christmas, but at the moment my son hasn’t anywhere to put his or my grandsons but at least my daughter took hers.
- Fold the cord in half and add onto the holding cord with a Larks Head Knot.
- Here the main colour will be blue with the white cord being the contrast ‘lettter’ pattern.
- Add a half hitch to the left and to the right.
- Take the holding cord across and tie two half hitches in turn.
- When you want to change to the contrast colour tie two half hitches around the blue rather than the blue over the white.
- Continue until the name is complete.
One of my many other idea had been to write a macrame book but at least now I have finally made my daughters name sample.
I just hope we can have the wedding this year!
Maybe even a real family get together rather than a virtual one?
Where to get my books
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