Meet Sally England, Making Macrame artist Cool Again

Sally England04.17.14 super-sized macrame necklaces
Sally Britain, Fiber Artist
Until recently, this thrift store place mats, friendship bracelets and Mama Cass bolero vest summer camp visions without trampling word “macramé” I could not hear. But thanks Sally Britain has made significant subtly modern, Michigan-based, macramé Artist partly for large-scale commissions such as Nike and Ace Hotels, live another day in the sun once nostalgic environment.
We had a few months ago its former Victorian apartment, visited the studio in Grand Rapids England located on the second floor. growing in rural Michigan, England outdoors natural fibers him deep connection with her final, says a messenger of tactile love affair. “It really feels good and comfortable macramé There’s something about the textural elements – an earthy kind of way,” says England.
England has a master’s degree in Applied Arts in the Pacific Northwest College of Craft & Design in Portland. While he’s ever since explored other mediums such as knitting, which is self-taught UK, versatility gives preference to control and fiber material macramé and he practically see the application indefinitely. with special plant hangers and wall decorations, England, room dividers, among other items, window screens, lampshades, chunky necklace rope and even ponchos, has created.
His trial-and-error technique always planned ahead, however. “As time goes by, my sensitivity, I was more accurate,” he says. “Each of my works as being different, never quite regularly in my process.” Because he worked primarily on a commission basis, it’s very design drawing ago to help a customer with a particular vision must show his concept of brainstorming. (Sketch knots, she admits, it is very difficult). When a concept is approved, it is, in the end, knotting, cutting down the wall and mounting the ropes, before sizing, online resources his rope from an American supplier.
“For me, the hardest part may be initiated only on a project and get myself permission to enter the area,” he admits. But otherwise rustic dwelling will be disposed of by the distractions of the big city life often time-consuming and is conducive to concentration needed for repetitive projects. England is a country girl you living for himself and he often dreamed about buying a chunk of land – a farm or perhaps a commune – he hopes to one day write a book on her craft. “My biggest inspiration,” he says, “is a simple and thoughtful ways of living in the past.”
UK small pieces, typically of a technique for making jewelry micro Macrame uses larger IP prefer Macrame macro. “I find it more challenging to work with small knots,” he says. “He, my hands feel really disgusting and a giant.”
There are hundreds of techniques macrame cycle, and the UK use these few. Its common square knot, half knot, clove hitch horizontally and vertically, Larkin head, overhand knot, clove hitch diagonally, soaking nodes and nodes, including China crown.
Lark head node, wherein a piece of cord is passed over a wedge is used to start the first node and then bent. Britain, the US-based supplier of a handful of different sources for different rope, but the rope because her favorite type of 100% cotton rope knitted solid “soft tissue”.
When creating wall hangings, England before knotting it uses an equal level in a dozen kinds of cables, so serving as an anchor for permission to hang a wooden dowel mounted.
“I’m from creating, I’m definitely a starting point,” he says. “Freedom is given, etc. I would be the next line is the first line of knots and how to inform permits.”
England preferred to keep it open to interpretation new design plans: “I always wanted to do it does not force the floss what to do.”
England then draft and smaller jobs and projects while it uses a worktable for assembly, and spends the bulk of the day standing in his tracks to the nodes.
“Since I work from home I hate routines because of my terrific day comes, I have a flexibility,” he says. “I can spend five hours in the studio one day and the next day it all depends on how I burned my workload … and be 12.”
“As a little girl first became interested in macrame. My mother and I found an old book teaching concept was mesmerized, “says England. “I knew one day learn.”
England “individual work of art for the home.” “Product of” likes to think of it less as a business rather than every piece she creates is one of a kind.
England uses a liquid fabric paint color and life to bring him to pieces. “I’m usually large diameter ropes, I am painting in bulk, especially smaller than the ones that are more difficult to paint,” he says.
“I really enjoyed turning ELLE and Wi issues and I fashion trends and help reverse trends of art seems to take note of how to inspire,” he says.
“The old architecture and the 60s and 70s such as interior design books to look at me and my macramé picture (and I) lived in this place and time,” he says.
In the studio, the UK music, podcasts and audiobooks are trying to listen to an eclectic mix.
“I want to surround myself with things that make me happy: Plants, drawings, photography, fiber art of other artists, small samples and performed by a variety of inspiration,” he says.
Britain’s design goal of “bringing consolation to the internal environment” is. Here, the beginnings of a special wall hanging.
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Macrame Feather Bag Jewelry


How to make macrame feather bag charms


  • macrame yarn
  • sharp scissors
  • wood beads
  • comb


I’ve grown quite a lot of my bag jewelry because I want to make a statement and I love them that way. Remember, my tassels are all pretty big. It’s just the way I like it. If it’s not your job, then you can definitely make them smaller.

I started using a piece of macrame yarn about 20 inches long. Fold it in half and place it on a clean surface as shown below.

You also need two pieces of yarn that are 8 inches long and folded in half.

One of the short sequences should be placed under the longer track as shown in the photo below. You can see the entire stream in my video above.

Place the other short rope on top and pass the ends over the tops. This is actually called a square node.

Pull all of them firmly and push the knot into the desired area so that the ends are the same length.


Then knot the base / end of the long string so that the square node can shift from the bottom.

After that you need to keep stacking square knots to get the length you want.

I made my feathers 10 to 12 inches long.

After completing the stacking of the square nodes, you need to remove and scan the macrame thread.

I like to do this part while watching a Netflix show. It calms me down. I know… Weird im

After going all over the macrame feather, you should end up with something you see below.

Now it’s time for a haircut to give a feather shape for wallet jewelry.

Finally you can slip a wooden bead on the end of the rope.

And here you have a very large macrame bag hammer.