Cover image for Modern macramé : 33 stylish projects for your handmade home / Emily Katz with Johanna Kunin ; photographs by Nicole Franzen and Shannon Wolf.
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Modern macramé : 33 stylish projects for your handmade home / Emily Katz with Johanna Kunin ; photographs by Nicole Franzen and Shannon Wolf.
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Modern macramé :

thirty-three stylish projects for your handmade home
ISBN:
9780399579578
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
California : Ten Speed Press, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
247 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes glossary and index (pages 245-247).
Contents:
Macramé basics -- Plant hangers -- Wall hangings and more -- Lighting -- Seating -- Rugs -- Tabletop -- Home goods.
Abstract:
"Macramé--the fine art of knotting--is an age-old craft that's undergoing a renaissance. At the heart of this resurgence is Emily Katz, a lifestyle icon and artist who teaches sold out macramé workshops around the world and creates swoon-worthy aspirational interiors with her custom hand-knotted pieces. Modern Macramé is a stylish, contemporary guide to the traditional art and craft of macramé, including thirty-three projects for home, from wall hangings and bohemian light fixtures to macramé baskets, rugs, and chairs. The achievable projects, showcased in abundant photography from real homes, will inspire novice and experienced crafters with easy-to-follow layouts. Full of thoughtful design and decor tips, this elevated guidebook-meets-lookbook shows how macramé can provide the perfect finishing touch for the well-designed home."--Page [4] of cover.
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Summary

MacramU--the fine art of knotting--is an age-old craft that's undergoing a contemporary renaissance. At the heart of this resurgence is Emily Katz, a lifestyle icon and artist who teaches sold out macramU workshops around the world and creates swoon-worthy aspirational interiors with her custom hand-knotted pieces. Modern MacramU is a stylish, contemporary guide to the traditional art and craft of macramU, including 33 projects, from driftwood wall art and bohemian light fixtures to macramU rugs and headboards. The projects are showcased in easy to follow and photogenic project layouts, guiding both the novice and the more experienced crafter in a highly achievable way. Included with every project are thoughtful lifestyle tips showing how macramU can provide the perfect finishing touch for the modern, well-designed home--whether it's a hundred-year-old farmhouse, a sophisticated loft, or a cozy but stylish rental.


Author Notes

EMILY KATZ is a creative consultant, interior designer, macramU teacher, artist, and Instagram phenomenon. She has taught macramU to thousands of people around the globe, and created custom installations andaprojects for Microsoft, Ralph Lauren, and more. Emily has been featured in thea Los Angeles Times ,a London Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, Nylon ,a Popeye amagazine, anda Elle Japan ,a Elle NL , anda Elle France ato name a few.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Interior designer Katz updates the art of macramé and provides artisans with specific guidance for knotting creatively. After briefly highlighting macramé's uses over the millennia, from camel harnesses in Arabia to the knotted vestments of royalty and more recent hippie lamp shades, Katz focuses on innovative uses and provides directions for a wide range of projects including hoop chairs and knotted daybeds. Other accoutrements for the home include knotted cords to conceal electrical wires, shades for block lamps, and a lighting fixture that is called the "Dancing Shadows Lantern." The book identifies basic supplies, such as rope, scissors, and a measuring device. From there, it's simply a matter of learning the knots and how to combine them. The step-by-step guidance for plant hangers, rugs, wall hangings, and general knotted miscellany will help even novice crafters achieve results that are both lovely and useful. Readers looking for an updated take on macramé will want to pick up this stylish and practical book. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Excerpts

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INTRODUCTION I learned macramé from my mom. At sixteen, my mom made macramé plant hangers by hand-knotting cords of brown jute. She sold her creations at a hair salon, frequented by her mother, so that she could buy her first Martin guitar. The fashion trend then was all about hand-knotted beaded belts and ponchos--anything that swung when you wore it. While sifting through photo albums, I discovered that her childhood home was full of macramé. Plants hung in the windows suspended from beaded macramé plant hangers, and knotted owls watched over the family from the wood-paneled walls of the den.  My parents split up when I was nine years old,and my mom moved across the country. We didn't have much of a relationship while I was growing up; but after turning thirty, I felt like it was time to reconnect. So in 2013, when my boyfriend suggested we visit her while ona trip to the East Coast, I agreed with some trepidation. I didn't know what I would sayto her. Would we get along? We barely knew each other. But I did know the story about my mom making macramé. My home in Portland has plants on nearly every surface--more than a hundred of them. Before the trip to see my mom, I had collected a few vintage macramé plant hangers to display my plants in, but I wanted to learn how to make my own. If my mom could teach me how to macramé, my hope was that we could connect over a common interest. Before settling into my mother's cozy Connecticut home, we gathered the materials we needed for our afternoon project: cotton cord, a metal ring, and some old beads scavenged from her craft drawer. We stood in her kitchen making plant hangers while my half-sisters baked vegan cookies and my boyfriend sat on the floor serenading us with my mom's Martin guitar--the same one that she'd bought so many years ago with her earnings from making macramé. It was a sweet and beautiful moment, one that is forever etched into my memory. After the trip, my boyfriend and I hung the plant hangers in our guest bathroom, and I mostly forgot about macramé. I made a few pieces as gifts for friends, but besides that, I was busy doing other things. During that period, I was working as an art director for a local company and didn't make a lot of time for crafting. That fall, a Japanese magazine called Liniere was in Portland doing a feature on DIY interiors and design. They had discovered our home through my Instagram account and wanted to feature us. Their team wandered around our house, snapping photos and asking through a translator about special details wehad created in our space. How did you make the countertops? What inspired the hand-screen-printed toe kicks for the stairs? Why do you have a mirror over your stove? One woman, Kanae Ishii, renowned for her Love Customizer craft and DIY books in Japan, asked me where the macramé plant hangers that hung in our bathroom came from. I began to tell her the story of reconnecting with my mom and how meaningful it was. She listened to the translator and then asked,"But where do we get them?" At this time, macramé had only recently resurfaced and wasn't as readily available as it is now. I didn't know where to send them to find it, so I suggested they check out the flea market or local thrift shops in hopes of finding some fun vintage pieces. After they left, I thought, "What if I taught them myself?" and called to see if they had anytime to come back and learn how to make a macramé plant hanger. Early the next day they arrived back at my home, and I taught my very first macramé workshop to Japanese magazine editors in my living room. Since then, I've gone on to macramé area rugs, ceiling installations, daybeds, headboards, tents, and wedding backdrops. I even fashioned a skeleton costume for Halloween out of macramé. I have taught macramé workshops in Los Angeles, NewYork, London, Copenhagen, and throughout Japan. I've grown to appreciate the fact that macramé's threads run deep through history, from Bedouin caravans to European courts, and from turn-of-the-century sailors' hammocks to fine Victorian handicrafts. ButI am especially delighted to contribute to its modern renaissance, and am grateful that this medium has inspired a reconnection with my mother that I hadn't imagined possible. Nowadays, you can find modern macramé everywhere. It's the creatively homespun bag on the shoulder of that boho-chic model or your stylish best friend. It holds the plant hanging in the background of that Instagram shot, the fiber art on the wall of a cutting-edge art gallery or boutique hotel. It's also the textured headboard, the elegant hanging lamp, and the gorgeous patio garlands in this book. There's a reason macramé has resurfaced. More and more of us are seeking a bit of warmth, craft, and adornment in the midst of modern life. And macramé--in its clean-yet-dreamy, updated incarnation--is a perfect point of entry into creating a unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade lifestyle, one that is literally at your fingertips. If you have ever wanted to learn macramé but didn't know where to begin, or even if you are a seasoned knot tier, this book will provide both inspiration and detailed instruction to help guide you on your journey  of this beautiful craft. Excerpted from Modern Macramé: 33 Projects for Crafting Your Handmade Home by Emily Katz All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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