If there’s one thing I really love about Melbourne, it’s the sheer amount of opportunities the city holds for learning, and making, and doing. I’ve mentioned my particular affinity for dabbling before, and the more new things I learn the more I want to learn. More! MORE! Luckily, last weekend I was given the opportunity to sate my learning appetite by going along to The Middle Aisle‘s macrame workshop, hosted by owner/creator/macrame extraordinaire Maggie May (which, let’s face it, would make an amazing superhero name on alliteration alone. Wade Wilson? Matt Murdock? Jessica Jones? Maggie effin’ May.)
If you’re not familiar, macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting. You’ve probably seen macrame plant holders or wall hangings on your Intagram-browsing, Pinterest-perusing, or market-going expeditions.
(Wikipedia also tells me it was used by sailors to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships, which is just awesome.)
Maggie is responsible for some incredible macrame pieces, many of which you can view and purchase either on her Instagram or in her Etsy store. She has a beautifully simple, minimalist style which translates super well to her designs — intricate, but not overcomplicated.
Maggie held two workshops at the See Make Play studio in Prahran last weekend — wall hangings and plant hangers — and I was lucky enough to nab a last-minute spot in the latter.
The class was nice and intimate with seven of us, plus Maggie. We each got our own pre-cut and -tied rope pieces, and Maggie took us through the process of making a plant hanger step-by-step. She was the perfect tutor; friendly and clear, open to questions (turns out the correct Aussie pronunciation is ma-crah-may, not mac-ra-may) and full of great tips (such as parking inspectors are super quick in Prahran, which I proved right by getting back to my car six minutes after it expired with a $91 ticket. Worth it.)
The class lasted just under two and a half hours, and by the end I think we were all pretty impressed with ourselves and our creations. For those of us wanting to continue in our newfound craft — read:everyone — Maggie offered a follow-up email with full measurements and instructions, plus a discount on the awesome natural rope she uses. I know what everyone I know will be getting for Christmas this year >.>
Many, many photos below, and a little extra info after the jump!
My sincerest thanks to those who took the class for putting up with my one-liners and camera clicking away throughout the day! I had a total blast with the class and Maggie — who is definitely my new macrame bff — and highly recommend the workshop to anyone with even a passing interest in the craft.