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Exploring the World of Rope and Knots

Posted in Macrame, and Peaceful Wraps News

Once again, I fell into an opportunity to explore my creative side. This time it’s with macrame, which I had learned in the 1980’s.

My daughter and I were browsing a local crafting event and someone had brought macrame items to sell. Instantly my bells went off, and my daughter insisted I make some things. The first item I made was a wall hanging from jute twine mixed with peacock feathers that I thought nobody would like. It turned out to be a favorite on my Facebook pages.

Peacock feather macrame

I made macrame curtains for the bedroom, and the house quickly turned into a macrame gallery. Today’s styles are less twine and jute and more of the white soft cotton twisted rope for a lace-like, graceful appearance.

In the process of re-learning an old hobby, I advanced to new patterns and knots. It took several weeks to understand the different types of rope and twine, thickness and what works best for what project, and that tension and angles are important. I lean towards the most expensive soft specialized cotton rope but have a stockpile of a variety of ropes.  My family hunts for odds and ends that can be recycled into projects.

I like to add feathers found at a friend’s horse stable that has chickens, turkeys and peacocks that freely roam the place and drop their feathers.  It’s also fun to look for trinkets, beads and pieces of jewelry.  One of my wall hangings has an actual working stop watch worked into it.

Along with adding macrame to my Etsy and Amazon shops, I was invited to participate at Per Diam, in Perkasie, where I will have a table set up to sell peaceful wraps and macrame items.

View samples from the Peaceful Wraps Macrame Gallery

Starting Over Again For the Third Time

Posted in Peaceful Wraps News

I think I’ve rebuilt the Peaceful Wraps website 3, maybe 4 times since I started attempting to sell online. One of the reasons is that what I have been making has also changed.

While the majority of items remain scented wraps for pain and relaxation, I’ve been experimenting and getting ideas from my customers.  Peaceful Wraps is a hobby too, so when I become busy with my web site consulting business, the sewing room is silent.

Kim holding a boho bagI used to make scented headbands but got away from that.  I plan on returning to making them again.

The horse warmers continued to be an ongoing experiment. I finally settled on a design that meets every requirement for humans and horses but stopped promoting them when I ran out of my favorite material for them.  I plan on making more of them too.

Boho bags became my latest interest. I’ve sold some to friends and given many away that I didn’t feel were ready for sale but the imperfections were not alarming to my friends and family, who scooped them up. I will making lots more of them.

Macrame is my latest adventure.  I’m old enough to have been a macrame plant hanger fanatic from the 80’s, and I used to make them when my kids were younger.  I made a wall hanging to practice knots while binge watching “Supernatural”.  So, it kind of looks out of this world.

The Etsy shop is being re-stocked and it also got a face lift.  On deck, organic cloth sandwich bags and figuring out what to make with burlap coffee bags.

Supernatural wall hanging