Top knot fun
Macrame, once the design staple of every fashionable 70s abode, is back with a vengeance. Gone are the daggy owl wall hangings and stringy poo-brown wool pot-holders of yesteryear – macrame’s had a chic update, with slick nylon threads, neon colours and shibori-esque textiles bringing the craft into the new millennium.
If you hit up Etsy or one of Melbourne’s northside artisan markets, a macramé plant hanger will put you back anywhere between $50 to $100 for a standard-issue pot. Alternatively, you could tackle the intricate knots yourself courtesy of the ladies from Top Knot Workshops.
Top Knot Workshops runs monthly night classes from Richmond’s The Fair Foodstore, a modern minimalist café with a slick warm décor and ceilings high enough for you to comfortably weave your magic. Classes cost $85, including all materials (ropes in your choice of colour, plus a glass vase), lollies and champagne on arrival – very respectable indeed. Class sizes are kept small, around 10 people maximum, so teachers Katie and Kashia give really individualized attention.
I went with two other friends and we had a ball making our own macramé plant hangers. The design was pretty, simple and took less than two hours to construct – but that time flew by quickly in a haze of brow-creasing concentration! The final results were pretty spectacular, if I say so myself – clearly the public also thought so too, with one lady popping in from off the street to admire our creations and get details of future classs.
Top Knot apparently run Kokedama tutorials (although they are not as frequent as their macramé tutorials) – I’d definitely book in to a Kokedama class after thoroughly enjoying their macramé stylings.
A cool addition for any amateur home interior stylist!
View: www.facebook.com/TopKnotWorkshops; Visit:135 Church Street Richmond; Call: N/A Open: Classes by Appointment – Check Website; Wallet: $85.