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Craft: Lockdown start-up masters art of macrame

Heydon's Melanie Fowler has turned her love of both crafting and Seventies style into a home-based macrame business

Inspired by her love of both crafting and Seventies style, Heydon’s Melanie Fowler decided to put her free lockdown time to productive use this time last year - by learning the art of macrame. Fast-forward to today and she’s running her own macrame business, @ofwoodandrope, from her converted greenhouse studio.

“I’ve always loved craft but not found my forte,” says Melanie, “then my love of 1970s décor finally helped me find it during the first lockdown. I used my free time to take three macrame courses and my husband renovated our greenhouse, turning it into a Seventies-inspired garden studio for my small business - that’s where most of my macrame is now made and displayed.”

Macrame is firmly back in fashion, with Melanie explaining the trend goes hand in hand with the surging popularity of houseplants: “Indoor plants, particularly succulents and ferns, are fashionable and they all need to be displayed - how better than with macrame pot hangers?” Melanie also specialises in beaded and tasselled wall hangings, which she styles with vases of dried flowers - another decor trend making a comeback.

With sustainability of core importance, all the cord Melanie uses is 100% recycled and the wood used in her hangings is predominantly driftwood sourced from the New Forest. Her packaging is also sustainable and plastic-free.

“Macrame is fast becoming a way to give interiors a bohemian yet very modern touch,” adds Melanie, “with planters and wall-hangings incredibly popular. My work is vastly different to the neutral-only macrame of the past; I work in many colours that can really brighten a room.”

To find out more and shop, search @ofwoodandrope on Etsy and Instagram.

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