CD ROM Title: Macrame Lacemaking, 1890.
Macramé lace was most popular in the Victorian era, Victorian homes and garments were adorned by macrame lace trimmings. This Victorian era instruction guide was originally published in 1890. Now completely digitized and restored and published on CD ROM. Contains 130 pages and with illustrations of many designs with complete instructions for working, choice of materials and suggestions for their adaptation.
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This fascinating kind of fancy-work dates as far back as the fifteenth century. The materials are inexpensive, and the lace lasts almost forever. The work progresses rapidly, and can be made in many materials; non, however, so good as the cord made and sold for the purpose. The manipulation consists in tying knots of various kinds. This lace can be unhesitatingly recommended as a pleasant occupation and pastime.
Goethe, somewhere or other, in exalting music above every other art, does so on the ground that it produces its marvellous effects with so little display of means and tools; and if this test be applied to our present work, it will rank very high amid the rival styles of lacemaking and embroidery. No dazzling range of colours, no blending of different materials, not even a thimble and needle, are wanted to produce the charming effects of our Macrame work.
And first of all, why "Macrame"? Macrame is nothing but the name given by the Italians round about Genoa (the home and birthplace of the work) to a coarse material used for towels, the fringed ends of which are knotted in several of the lace stitches which we shall afterwards explain. As to the materials required, they are of the simplest. We advise our fair reader to begin with the coarse Macrame thead until she has learnt how to wield her weapons, and thoroughly mastered every stitch; but when that is once done, she will find herself able to work rich trimmings for black and colored costumes, both for home wear, garden parties, seaside ramblings, and balls, fairy like adornments for household and underlinens- fringes, edgings, and insertions for towels, pillows, antimacassars - covers for sofa-cushions, work-bags, shopping-baskets etc. For the first-named purposes she will have at her command black, white, and colored silks made specially for Macrame work, arrasene, and filoselle in all shades, very fine as well as coarse flax thread for white linen, brown, grey ecru in all its shades for unbleached or colored linen and holland materials, colored twine for colored materials,and so on.
Mode of working
Introduction, Materials, Cushions, Various stitches, knotted bar, star or diamond, Genoese knot, Solomon's knot, grounding.
Paten tension frame
Putting on the strands
The cord and Macrame knot
Solomon's Knot and double knot
Adding new strands
Star with Genoese knot center
Designs for grounding - open knotting
Fringe for dresses etc
Cross stitch border with fringe
Fringe for Parasols
Ornamental fringe for ends of cravats
Insertion for underlinen
Detail of Window-Drapery
Towel-horse and towel
Insertions for underlinen - trimmings- furniture
Pattern for collars
Various household articles
basket for layette,
bag for bathing dress
Tie with fringe
The English pattern
The Duchess pattern
The Japanese pattern
The Alberta pattern
The Queen pattern
The Alexandra pattern
Fringe for a Sunshade
The Rhoda pattern
The Miranda pattern
The Adelaide pattern
Pattern for work-bag
The Excelsior pattern
The Lattice pattern
The Edna Pattern
More about Macrame as described in the Wikipedia:
In the Western Hemisphere, macramé is believed to have originated with 13th-century
Arab weavers. These artisans knotted the excess thread and yarn along the edges of
hand-loomed fabrics into decorative fringes on bath towels, shawls, and veils. The
Spanish word macramé is derived from the Arabic migramah, believed to mean "striped
towel", "ornamental fringe" or "embroidered veil." After the Moorish conquest, the
art was taken to Spain, and then spread through Europe. It was introduced into
England at the court of Mary II in the late 17th century.
Sailors made macramé objects in off hours while at sea, and sold or bartered them
when they landed, thus spreading the art to places like China and the New World.
Nineteenth-century British and American sailors made hammocks, bell fringes, and
belts from macramé. They called the process "square knotting" after the knot they
used most frequently.
Macramé was most popular in the Victorian era, both for home wear, garden parties,
seaside ramblings, and balls, fairylike adornments for household and underlinens ..."
Most Victorian homes were adorned by this craft.
Though the craze for macramé faded, it has regained popularity since the 1970s as a
means to make wall hangings, articles of clothing, bedspreads, small jean shorts,
tablecloths, draperies, plant hangers and other furnishings.
Macramé jewelry has become popular among the American neo-hippie and grunge crowd,
starting in the early 1970s. Using mainly square knots and granny knots, this jewelry
often features handmade glass beads and natural elements such bone and shell.
Necklaces, anklets and bracelets have become popular forms of macramé jewelry.
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The PDF file is very easy to use. You can enlarge the pattern pages on your computer screen, you can also print out select pages you are working on in the size that is easy for you to read.
This CD ROM is elegantly packaged and makes a wonderful gift!
Customer Testimonials and Reviews:
Hi, I just want to tell you I received the CD today! I absolutely love your elegant packaging! I think I will get another CD to give as a gift for my best friend who is crazy about crochet! Sue H.
Dear folks at Patterns-on-CD, thank you for shipping the cd out so quickly. I am new at crocheting and I am finding the instructions very clear and easy to follow! Your CD is so easy to use. I can print out just the pages I am working on and scribble my notes on the print-out without worry. My dog chewed part of the pattern sheet I was working on, but no worries, I just print out another sheet! I am keeping the print outs in a 3 ring binder and even printed the lace images I like for the binder cover. Thank you for making this rare antique book available on CD ROM!
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