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Macramé Hang-Ups

17 Jun

I’d like to add some plants to our front porch/“catio”, and since our patio furniture has a 70s vibe, I’ve been searching for a good macramé hanging plant holder. I used to see them all the time, but now that I actually want one, the thrift and yard sale world is withholding.  I did find some macramé pattern booklets though, so perhaps I’ll make my own!

I got these booklets at Full Circle in Harrow along with a bunch of sewing magazines and a vintage tablecloth for $2.00.  My favourite is called Macramé Hang-Ups circa 1973.  It was put together by a dude named Bruce Morrison who is allegedly “hung-up on macramé”.

Dudes like macramé too! I picture Bruce and Dianne gettin’ notty by the fireplace.

Bruce’s booklet has directions for two illuminated macramé “decorator accents”, including this one called “Night Song” which is described as an, “impressive pool side lamp and flower holder.”  Impressive indeed Bruce!

As a side note, Bruce is a name I once had on my super-secret future child name list, but JB was like, “NO CHILD OF MINE WILL BE NAMED BRUCE.” I wonder if knowing that a Bruce authored a hella rad 70s macramé book would change his mind?

Anyway, Macramé Hang-Ups contains many great philosophical truths including this snippet explaining how macramé ALWAYS HAS BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE.   FOREVER AND EVER.

The extra “then” is either for extreme emphasis or a typo. Only Bruce knows.

One last thing about Macramé Hang-Ups.  Check out the many levels of awesomeness in this picture of Bruce’s “Aquitaine” creation:

Observe: (1) goldfish in a tiny tepid pool; (2) discus trophies which explain how Bruce got the upper arm strength required for excessive macramé knotting sessions; and (3) amazing Napoleon plush that I would give up my first-born Bruce for.  Seriously, I wish this booklet had the pattern for it, ‘cuz it’s amazing.

Spanish Lace: Macramé with a Spanish Influence by Pat Brown circa 1976 is also pretty entertaining.   I am not sure I see a Spanish influence in the project below, but I like to imagine that  Pat’s children are half Mexican.

Are there half Mexican twins here, or is the one kid loved twice as much?

To close my post about macramé, I’d like to introduce you to the “Foxy Lady Bath Swag” (yes, that’s the actual name of the pattern) from Macramé Moods.  Nothing is foxier than a fuzzy yellow toilet lid cover.  The placement of the fern is odd – is the idea that it would gently tickle your soft bits while you pee?  Foxy.

Seriously though, macramé is rad and seems about due for a come back.  I could see the Foxy Lady Bath Swag in the Anthropologie catalogue – just add excessive photo filers and some ikat crap interspersed.