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BRIANA: You may remember macramé from such ‘70s accessories as owls or plant hangers, but according to recent trend lists, it’s coming back in a big way – particularly as wall art. Are you ready to embrace the macramé revival or are you SO knot not feeling it?

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KELLEY: ::busts out laughing::

DAVID HAYNES: I love it. (We have that sign and also a side door.)

JESSICA: I did a lot of thinking about this and I have been desperately wanting to buy a dreamcatcher. Does that count? We had a handmade one when I was growing up (perks living close to a bunch of Native American reservations) and I’d like to have/make one again.

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Photo: KeepAustinDreaming on Etsy

Oh no…..Am I the hippie?!?!?

LILI: J’accuse!

It burns my eyes like a thousand (fuzzy) suns!

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KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: I’m with David. Shocker. I naturally think of the macramé plant hangers that were so popular in the 70′s. They’re very functional, though I do wonder about them getting dirty quickly, especially versions with clay pots that need drainage. New takes on that look include more color, like this one, where the maker smartly planted something that didn’t need drainage holes so it won’t drip all over stuff. And the hot pink gives it a more modern, younger feel.

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Photo: UrbanCrafterDIY on Etsy

Also, I’m finding that every time Lili hates something, I love it. I’m not sure what that says about me. That [dreamcatcher's] color palette is lovely.

CAMILLE: I’m with Lili — my eyes! My eyes!

KELLEY: I actually kind of miss macramé pot hangers. They remind me of fun times watching Emergency! and CHiPs. Also, I might put something like this on my screened porch:

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JACKIE MCGILVRAY: I’m nostalgic like you Kelley, I have fond memories of macramé planters (but never much cared for CHiPs — thought Eric Estrada was overrated).  As a kid, my mom always had the bay window of our living room filled with hanging philodendrons and ferns – made the place feel cozy, especially in the dead of winter.

DAVID HAYNES: I hear airplane plants are making a big comeback.  (What’s it with me and airplane plants?) And as a general observation on DTT, I’m beginning to think maybe everything cycles back around on a 30-year-or-so timetable. Speaking of which, Daryl Hall has a new series upcoming on DIY. It’s called Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall. Get it?

SAMANTHA CLYDE, HGTV HOME STUDIO intern: As a 21-year old, I can’t personally recall when macramé first came on the scene.  The plus side?  I can view this trend with fresh eyes.  The type of intricate needlework we are seeing popping up on the runways and the walls of high-style homes alike feels updated and high fashion.  It is right on par with the resurgence in appreciation for the fine artist and hand-crafted goods. An item stitched, knotted or sewed with love by someone else — versus a machine mass-producing something of a similar look, but for less money and lower quality — increases not only its monetary worth, but also its sentimental value.  I am on-board for this trend as long as the piece feels like something that doesn’t belong in my grandmother’s living room alongside burnt-orange shag carpet.

BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: I’m a fan of sticking something handmade and un-serious into otherwise super chic spaces. I say bring the macramé in, just be sure to either make it deliberate and super obvious OR play up its textural values, repeat it an odd number of times with small accents. (Or don’t. Who cares? I am not the boss of you. Leave me alone.)

CATHERINE BLUBAUGH, HGTV HOME STUDIO intern: Not growing up in the 70’s – I’m a 90’s baby –  I have no recollection of seeing macramé owls and planters hanging around my parents’ home so I can’t say I feel the nostalgia as macramé accents start to appear more frequently. Although I can appreciate the craft and artisanship that goes into its creation and agree that there is an appealing bohemian quality about it (in some situations), I don’t think that this trend will stick around for long. Its organic quality and natural materiality prevent it from ever feeling truly modern or updated and it can quickly feel tired when hanging on a wall or ceiling. I believe that before too long people will begin to remember why it hasn’t been brought back before now.

KAYLA: I really love macramé in fashion (except handbags) and as plant hangers but that’s it. I did find a rug and chair I really want, though.

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Photo: ladiesandgentlemen on Etsy

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Photo: Pacific Wonderland chair on Sunroom

KERI: I was anti-macramé in the home until I saw the rug Kayla found. Must. Have. Now. A side note: I like that this is a craft you can actually do yourself. Or you can at least pretend you did it yourself, when really you bought it on Etsy…

ALYSSA: I agree re: rug. This is the ONLY macrame item I’m on board with. I think it would look awesome in a beach or coastal home. The thick weave reads more nautical rope to me than hippie dreamcatcher.

FARIMA: It’s not for me, but maybe, maybe if I had a retro-style houseboat.

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MARIANNE: I love a modern take on the textile arts! When done in a very clean and updated way, I think macramé is gorgeous. I’m actually learning how to do it for an upcoming Crafternoon, maybe I can sway the naysayers.

NANCY FIRE, Design Director of HGTV HOME: I am a fan of the creative aspect of the resurgence of macrame, when used as a tasteful art inspired element.

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Photo: Sally England room divider

We’ve moaned about macramé, now tell us what YOU think:





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113 Responses

  1. Sharon says:

    What about the macramé purses? My daughters actually had me make them one and they are always getting compliments and inquiries about where they got them!

    • Mary says:

      I still have some purses I made for my Mom and Grandmother when I was a kid. And I also get compliments when I carry them. I like texture in art so this fits nicely.

  2. Cat says:

    I did lots of macrame in the middle 70's from owls to double, triple pot holders and beautiful hanging glass tables. Now I wish I had kept some of it.

    • Terri says:

      A fan after my own heart…made a macrame room divider between a kitchen and dinning room…great fun, functional and beautiful…back in the 70's

  3. Syl says:

    I can't wait to try making jewelry using micromacrame and beads.

  4. Temberton says:

    I used to macrame when I was in elementary school. (And, yes, that was in the 7o's). I don't recall ever making anything other than plant hangars. I'm not really sure about *that* making a comeback. It does seem *so* yesterday. But, some of the items pictured in this post (such as the rug) were amazing. Funny that I was just trying to explain macrame to one of my sons the other day! "Well, you take ropes… and tie knots… in a pattern… to make something… like a plant hangar." Let you think the ellipses were overdone and annoying, I'll defend myself by pointing out that they represent the pauses I made as I searched for the words to explain macrame. Perhaps the definition would have rolled graciously off my tongue if I had actually done any macrame in the last thirty-something years! ;)

    • Bobby says:

      I made all forms of macramé, back then. I did intricate ones, small ones, plant hangers, etc. Never got into making the owls, because everyone was making them. I made one that was 7 ft long, with a glass shelf. I usually made most that were at least 3 ft when hanging on the wall. Now, I am back to doing it again. I have a project, currently underway, that will be around 6ft long by 5ft wide, with 3-dimentional designs. Where I lived back in the 70's, my artwork was in great demand. I love making macramé.

  5. CLB says:

    I really miss 'making' items, such as wall hangings, and it was something a "leftie" could actually make sense of. Enjoyed it but not sure I would want it in my home any more. LOVE the rug though. Going to look for a pattern.

  6. Cday says:

    the rug and bedspread are crochet not macrame'.

  7. lois says:

    Everything is a dust collector! Used to do…it goes quickly and isn't fussy,like embroidery can be.

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  9. Marilyn says:

    This is an art form that anyone can master. Once a few knots are learned, the rest is easy. I'm not fond of the nylon cord but if formal is your thing then nylon will probably be your choice. This can be very relaxing and you will have a project to be proud of.

    • Mysteri says:

      I found that Jute dry rots quickly if you hang it outside, that is why I use the nylon cord.

  10. rdrnxmtl says:

    rdrnxmtl are ideal for wandering within distinctive climate

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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