The bigger the macrame, the bigger the blisters!

A little over a year ago I was asked to create a large scale macrame piece to be displayed in a store front window. Of course I said yes! Before this piece, I had mainly done friendship bracelet type macrame and small rope pieces here and there. Nothing like what I just agreed to! Not only was the finished size going to be much larger than anything I had previously done but the rope itself was much bigger. There was definitely a learning curve! When rope gets thicker it becomes harder to make nice tight knots. You need to use a lot more strength than you do with twine. I worked in segments of about 4-5 hours, non stop. Many podcasts were listened to and many blistered formed. Something else you don't really think about is the math involved. You need to make sure you have enough length while trying not to waste too much. Sounds simple enough right? The thing that really makes this whole process a challenge is that different knots take up more length than others. At the end, some pieces were the perfect length and other pieces had meters of excess. Once you do a project once it becomes easier to calculate the rope lengths you will need but the first one is always trial and error (for me anyway).

 So many bundles!

So many bundles!

I would come into the shop once they closed and work for hours while listening to podcasts. So many podcasts! Working on a large scale like this is definitely a learning curve for not only your mind but your body as well. I would have randomly sore muscles in my arms the next day! 

 Night one

Night one

 Finished piece from outside   

Finished piece from outside

 

 A photo taken by the store from the inside

A photo taken by the store from the inside

Creating this window display was so fun and a nice challenge. I have a few large driftwood pieces that I'm wanting to make into wall hangings one of these days. Maybe I'll get the chance to create more window displays, who knows!