Beyond the Macrame Owl

13 Jan

Even though it’s not technically mid-century and qualifies more as an iconic 70s accessory, macrame is coming back in a modern fashion and is gorgeous.  From Remodelista, check out these wall hangings. These give a head nod back a few decades while remaining completely modern and fresh. This goes on my ‘want-it-now’ list.

Textile artist Sally England takes macramé to a new level with her hand-knotted ceiling-to-floor hangings.

England, who is based in Portland, Oregon, consults vintage macramé books from thrift stores for ideas; she applies techniques from the past to her own hand-knotted pieces, which have a distinctly modern appeal. England’s oversized pieces can serve as room dividers, wall decor, or even as headboards (our preference). For more information, visit Sally England; her pieces can be ordered through Relish. in Portland; England also accepts private commissions.

Above: One of England’s hangings makes an unexpected headboard; photo via Palace Store.

Above: England embellished this wall hanging with wooden beads; image via Sally England.

Above: A wall hanging on view at Relish in Portland.


2 Responses to “Beyond the Macrame Owl”

  1. Ida January 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Brings back so many memories. When the kids were young I macrames everything

  2. Dana@Mid2Mod January 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Having set up housekeeping in the late 1960s and lived through the first macrame owl craze, I haven’t been too inclined to join in the latest owl trend, but this macrame is spectacular. The large piece in the last photo is amazing! I can imagine that as a really dramatic room divider that would separate two spaces and still have an open, airy feel. Beautiful!

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