Sunday, September 04, 2005

Macro Weaving - Macrame's Close Cousin!

The Daytona Beach News-Journal: East Volusia: "For years Ulery worked in soft sculpture, later switching to macroweaving, a macrame hybrid. While teaching a workshop on personal development, she said she heard about a class on basket weaving.

'I offered to teach it for free,' she said. Soon, she began taking classes in Florida and Georgia, sometimes finding herself the only student in the class, she said.

Baskets can be plain or as intricately patterned as cloth, but Ulery said she doesn't plan her designs too much. For her, the pleasure is watching them take shape in her hands, she said, describing them as being as pliable as clay.

'It's so neat. It's very simple and cheap to create, coil basketry has been practiced for thousands of years around the world, including Polynesia and Africa, where handicrafts form an important export trade.

The craft's zenith may have been reached in North America, where hundreds of American Indian tribes improvised distinctive styles using bark, hides, leaves and other material."

This sounds fascinating, I would love to hear from someone who does this. I am familiar with the beautiful flax baskets from the Polynesian nations. Love this woman's crafitness! :)

Jessica Simpson Loves Macrame!

The Cornell Daily Sun - Campus Couture: "Dress those designer jeans up with this season’s glam crystal belts with oversize buckles or macramé belts that are soo Daisy Duke. They add a more metropolitan twist to every southern girl’s favorite accessory, making them a perfect choice if you’re looking to add a little flair to your favorite outfit. These must be worn with a simple shirt. Anything too extravagant on top will make you look like Dolly Parton … not Jessica Simpson."

Not sure if comparison to Daisy Duke is a good or 'bad' thing depending on how you feel about Jessica Simpson - personally I think good on her for working hard and marketing what she's got! More importantly - check out...macrame is still the height of fashion!!! Way to go knots! :)