Welcome to Macrame Art website!
My name is Jolanta Surma and I have been creating macramé craft since 1983. I started with simple plant hangers and owls and moved on to do large wall-hangings and flowers.
My technique is unique as I firstly made hundreds or thousands of knots with hemp string to create what I planned and then I paint it with many layers of watercolours. Using this technique I am able to create multicoloured macramé pieces. If you would like to learn more about the history of macrame - please read below.
I have recently finished my degree in Hand-made Crafts from Universytet Ludowy in Sanok, Poland. Apart from mastering my macramé technique, during the course I have learnt wickery, embroidery, knitting, sculpting and many more crafts! As a result, I have been awarded Master Instructor Qualifications allowing me to teach macramé and wicker techniques.
I have just returned from Southend-on-Sea, UK, where I took part in the Polish Arts Festival by exhibiting macrames and giving workshops on macrame technique. I am very happy that my macrames travelled abroad and are shown to more people. Hope you’ll enjoy them as well!
What is MACRAME?
Macrame is a technique of knotting a string into patterns. Read more at Wikipedia.
It can be used to:
- decorate everyday items, like hanging plant holder or handbags
- create small decorative items, like butterflies and owls
- make larger art pieces up to 1.5m to decorate the walls
HOW IS IT MADE?
Before reaching for the string, Jolanta draws her new ideas on the paper. Large wall-hanging macrames are time consuming (up to 1 month), therefore she needs 'a plan'.
To make large wall-hanging macrames Jolanta needs a long stripwood and lots of natural hemp string. The strings are cut into at least 5m long and attached to the wood. Then, going from the top to bottom, Jolanta knots them creating patterns. When the hanging is ready, she paints it using natural dyes. She has to do it several times, because the strings absorb the colour.
Jolanta is also making smaller items, like owls, butterflies, spiders, flowers and many more items.
To create them, she firstly creates a base from the wire, then knots the strings around it and finally paint it.
Her ideas come from the nature and she is very open on other people suggestions.
We will soon introduce our own resources on how to make macrame, including videos and articles.
In the meantime please feel free to use existing websites on macrame patterns:
Free Macrame Patterns: http://www.free-macrame-patterns.com/
Olga's Macrame: http://www.olgasmacrame.com/5pagePatterns.html
Handcrafted by Elaine: http://www.elainecraft.com/
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