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Trend of the Month: “Get crafty”






TREND

Ever heard of the expression “flow state”? It refers to that wonderfully calm sensation that descends on us when we are completely absorbed in a creative task—time seems to stand still, stress disappears, and muscles magically relax. Neuroscientists have discovered that when we’re engaged in concentrated creative activity our brains release a natural anti-depressant called dopamine, which gives a feel-good high.

It’s digital technology that has spawned the craft revival. We live in an age where social-media transmission of thought takes seconds and dinner only minutes in a microwave—how wonderful to be able to slow down and immerse ourselves in an absorbing creative task. So it’s official: not only is handcrafting artistically satisfying, it boosts our sense of wellness, too.

This month’s projects revive techniques that have lately been relegated to the shadows of handcrafting, including the ancient art of macramé. Originating in 13th century Babylonia and Assyria, contemporary macramé features unexpected combinations of materials that all start with the humble knot—the secret lies in how you put the knots together. Have a go, and before you know it you’ll be in that flow state, immersed in an ancient craft, producing something with consummate contemporary cool.

TECHNIQUES

Macramé, plaiting and braiding are all ways of making fabrics without any weaving or knitting required. Instead, yarns are plaited, knotted and twisted to form elaborate designs that have an open-weave effect.

Macramé: This is a modern approach to the historical macramé techniques of yesteryear. Square knots and “hitching”—full hitches and double half hitches—are used. These are highly decorative, and when they’re used in repeat patterns they can form full pieces of fabric.

Braiding/plaiting: These are similar techniques that are most commonly seen in hairstyles, and involve a minimum of three textile cords, although as many as twelve can be used, depending on the complexity required. The plaits or braids can then be embellished with beads and crystals.



SPARKLING INSPIRATIONS

Check out our board on Pinterest to get into the mood for this month’s special trend.

Designs

The Create Your Style Trend & Design team created the designs inspired by this month’s “Get crafty” theme. As usual, they come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Each week we’ll come up with a new design, so stay tuned.

  • Bum Bag

  • Bandana

  • Jumper

  • October 23

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