I learned a new word today…Macraweaving. For the past week I have been researching what to do with all my extra stash of fiber & yarn. This journey has lead me to weaving. I have seen some fantastic works of art using the combination of fiber (roving) and yarns of all types!
I have woven in the past but the prospect of having to warp the loom was always very daunting! For many years I wove on triangle looms as you do not have to warp that type of loom.
It’s not that I can’t warp a loom. I do know how…LOL. But it can be very tedious and time consuming. I am a get at it and get it done kind of person.
My search recently lead me to some different devices for using a loom.
The most intriguing and, quite frankly, seemed the easiest, was using a picture frame for a loom.
I went to the dollar store to find a cheap frame. There were none but I found a wall hanging and took it all apart so I could use the wooden frame. I am now getting my colors together and will start later today.
My search lead me to using macrame in these weaving projects. You all remember macrame? Those plant hangers we saw in the 70’s & 80’s
Macrame has been around since the 13th century. It is a process of tying knots in a cord to form a pattern. Like most crafts, it started with a functional purpose. Homemakers first used the art of tying knots as a way to tie off rugs to keep them from fraying. Now macramé wall hangings are experiencing a revival as crafted goods are more sought after. Our society seems to be having a gut reaction to all of the processed nonsense that we consume daily.
Although the knotted weaves are most popular hanging as tapestries, the art form crops up in new ways, too.
So put macrame and weaving together and both have become a modern art form….Macraweaving is born. I found some really cool websites using this art form as well as incorporating fabric and bits of knit and crochet samples. They are just stunning!
My favorite is the work done by two sisters in Australia, Lauren and Kass Hernandez, Australian-born sisters of Filipino heritage based in Sydney.
They have taken this art form to a whole other level!!
I am so inspired so off to my studio and make some modern wall art!