The following is an excerpt from Make it Modern Macramé by Mia Boyle. Copyright © 2021 by C&T Publishing. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Welcome to Macramé
There’s a reason I have gotten hooked on this craft, and it is not just about making beautiful objects (although that’s pretty fun, of course). Like many other crafts, macramé relies on a series of repetitive motions that can have a very soothing effect on body, mind, and spirit. As you work with the fiber to make knot after knot, you will find your hands and body in a relaxing rhythm. Try to notice that as you create. Soon, you will find yourself breathing deeply and feeling relaxed. It may take some time if you are new to the craft. But, the more you knot, the more you will find yourself getting immersed in your workflow, and you will turn to it frequently for a sense of calm.
Here are some quick tips for heightening the wellness benefits of macramé.
Find a suitable workspace: Find a well-lit or sunny location in your home, so you do not have to strain your eyes. Also, seek out a chair that will allow you to sit up straight while working to avoid neck or back pain.
Gather materials: Before you begin your macramé session, be sure you have enough fiber and everything you need. Nothing is more distracting than having to stop working to find more materials. Plan ahead.
Get comfortable: This is the fun part. Before you settle in, put on your favorite music, pour a cup of hot tea (or your favorite beverage), and wear some comfortable clothing. Consider this art session your time to engage in self-care. You deserve it.
This serene room decorated with macramé feathers embodies the calm feeling I get while doing macramé. Find yourself a comfortable and well-lit place to work so you, too, can experience the relaxing benefits of macramé.
Go with the “flow”: Do you know that feeling you experience when you are so immersed in a task that time just slips away? That’s called “flow,” and it is good for you! As you work, try to focus on your breathing. Notice the texture of the fiber and admire your work as you go along. Be in the moment. Macramé can be incredibly meditative and have long-lasting benefits for you.