14th October, 2021
Cre8 Lab students learned to make round macramé coasters. Macramé is the ancient art of knotting rope to make textiles that create useful and artistic objects.
The coasters are made from two types of knots: larks head and clove hitch. The knots follow a circular pattern and the pattern develops with additional working threads added on each rotation, growing the size of the circle. The pattern is repeated for about six rotations and then the excess rope is trimmed and combed out to make a fringe.
The challenging part of the project was to keep an even tension, not too loose and not too tight. The students also had to use their judgement about when additional working threads were needed.
The students created single colour coasters and then moved on to two-tone creations later in the week.