Applied String Theory

A workshop from EMF 2022 by Elena Vataga

On Saturday June 4, 2022 at in Workshop 2

At this workshop we will be using strings or cord to make cross body carrier for your water flask in macrame technique.

The Art of knot-tying dates back several centuries. It is believed that the word macrame is derived from the Arabic macramia which means "ornamental fringe". Macrame was first brought by Arabs to Spain and after spread from Spain to Italy and eventually to the rest of Europe. Sailors played a large role in keeping Macramé alive and sharing the art with new lands. Knots had many practical uses aboard their ships and decorative knot-tying kept hands and minds occupied during long voyages.

Modern macrame is having a huge revival. The repetitive tying of knots is soothing and meditative and great for mindfulness. It is also a craft that requires very little – just cord and scissors. There are few basic knots in macrame and, once you have mastered them, the possibilities of what you can create are endless.

During the workshop we will create a crossbody water flask holder/carrier using cotton string.

The basic model requires about 15 meters of cord and around 60 knots in total - cotton cord and the printed instructions will be provided. The project can be completed in under two hours. Participants can keep and take home their creations.