New ideas are constantly coming to the fore in the realm of needlecraft; and the simpler and more rapidly executed one is the greater the favor accorded it.
A little account of macramé weaving will be sure to interest the needleworker who delights in “trying new things.”
The work is done on linen with twine-colored linen thread. Mark out with a pencil a square which runs with the weave of the goods. Cut the lines and buttonhole the edges in a border about one eighth of an inch wide. From the opposite corners run thread to simulate the diagonals of a square. Make four of them so as to have a firm foundation for your work.
Now use four threads to indicate each diameter of the square and catch all the cross lines together at the center.
From this begin to weave a central star, a point on each ray of the framework. Go over and under the four threads, which you have divided in two; under two, over two, turning around and weaving back and forth until you have mad the section the length desired. Tighten the threads at the end, and pass on the wrong side back to the center of the square. Continue this way on each of the radiating lines. When you have finished you will have eight points for the star.
Run cross threads that connect the ends of the diameters and parallel lines which are halfway between these and the corners of the square. You have now made a fairly good framework on which you can weave a very attractive design.
At each corner make a four-pointed star, that on account of its short petals will look like a small flower.
Use a latticework idea to fill in the spaces between these woven motifs. Add lines of thread, and whip back along them, securing at the buttonholes edges of the square. Little knots and loops will break up the work, giving a lacy effect.
When you have a sufficient number of crossed lines, weave as you would in darning a stocking. Let the threads be fairly open when finished. Little squares of this darned work will make a beautiful pattern. On them you can apply stars of woven design made just like the central star.
Finish the whole motif by circular threads, which are run around the spokes and caught at every one by knotting. Pillows, scarfs, and centerpieces enriched by this kind of needlecraft are things of beauty.
The work is particularly effective over contrasting satin. It can be done in colors on gray or tan linen, the shade of embroidery being matched by the slip under the pillow or an inset panel under a runner.
One attempt will show how decorative this macramé work is. It will be an easy matter to ring the changes on the pattern given.