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Modern Macrame Class at The Village Haberdashery with Obby

I was sent a book recently called Macrame, by Fanny Zendenius ( Published by Quadrille). I loved and was inspired by all the images in it, but was a bit stumped at how to get started. Macrame is the art of knot tying to create beautiful wall hangings, plant pot holders and even curtains. For the first time in ages  I’ve been inspired to acquire a new craft skill ( well since last week)  so I was delighted when I was invited by the amazing website Obby.co.uk to come along to the Modern Macrame Class at the newly based The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead. Obby.co.uk is a totally inspiring creative class booking website, they believe fully that one-on-one learning is the best way and have some wonderful workshops listed.

I arrived a bit early to my class on Saturday morning, the journey from South-London was pretty fast, so it gave me time to have a little mooch around the store. On the first floor of the newly renovated West Hampstead Square my initial impression was how light and bright the space was, more like a studio than a craft cave. Stocked with a sizeable collection of fabrics, yarns and wonderful collection of craft kits, some of which got me drooling! The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and there was a lovely buzz. At the back of the store there was the studio space, surrounded by windows again was light bright and airy.

Once in, I was greeted by our teacher Susana (aka @tentliving) a hugely talented Macrame expert, who showed us some examples of what we could do with the knots we were going to learn in the class. We all used t-shirt yarn and chose our colours, I used coral pink. Next we created a place to hang our wooden sticks, you can use anything at the right height, a clothes rail or even a chair on a table!

We began by using the Larks Head which is basically the way to set up your weaving. Then we worked in left facing square knots and Clove Hitch knots. I felt like I had used some of the knots before for example in friendship bracelet making the Clove Hitch is the same as a Forward Knot and the Square Knot is the same as a Paracord Knot in knitting.

Chatting to the women in the class, some were there because they felt like they weren’t creative but wanted a challenge, some found their day jobs stressful and found craft a great way to break the routine and others were clearly creative and like me wanted to try something new.

The tips you get from an expert in a class really are undeniably the best way to learn. If you fancy trying something new or even fancy hosting your own workshops I would highly recommend taking a peek at Obby.co.uk, now I’m hooked I’ve ordered some cord and I’m going back to my Macrame book as now it makes complete sense!

 

Thank you to:

Susana @tentliving

Beth & Tom @obbyuk

The Village Haberdashery @vhaberdashery

 

 

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