Macrame is really everywhere at the moment. I took my first macrame workshop in Tofino in June and loved/hated it. I think I had this idea in my head of what I wanted it to look like and it definitely did not come out that way. (It's still sitting on the ground in my living room waiting to be hung.) When I saw The Den in Ucluelet was hosting a workshop last month I quickly signed up, especially after enjoying the Indigo Dye workshop so much. I was determined to make something I loved and would hang in my home instead of splurging on a piece that would probably cost way more than I can afford. The workshop was great, I would highly recommend taking any of Diane Rudge's workshops in either Ucluelet, Vancouver or Squamish. She's not only a talented artist but also a really knowledgeable teacher that helped everyone out as a class but also individually.
The class was set up with 8 pieces of wood hanging around the room where each of us chose our own spot. Then we each got our rope, which was a considerable amount, perfect for making whatever you design your heart desired. Plus Diane had more supplies to buy if need be. She taught us the three major knots we needed to know. We started with the simplest knot, the square knot and practiced a few rows. Then we moved onto the spiral knot which is pretty similar to the square knot. Finally ending with the whip knot (don't count on these names being right, I don't remember everything I learned just how to actually do it.) I decided to work with the whip knot the most which gave my piece the diagonal lines that came into an inverted triangle. In between each line I did square knots to break it up and I really liked the symmetry of my piece. I finished the very symmetrical piece with some random knots and let the rest of the rope hang loose to give it a contrasting unfinished look. I hang mine in my kitchen above the kitchen table and I absolutely love it. I can't wait to make my next one, hopefully in a different design and maybe with some coloured ropes or with a hanging basket inside.
Check out The Den in Ucluelet next time you're visiting, you can often find Diane creating one her macrame wall hangings, which are unique and beautiful masterpieces. Check out their Instagram and Diane's to see more inspiration: @dianerudge @theden.studios