• Jade Rideout

Macramé & mental health.

"Find three hobbies you love: One to make you money, one to keep you in shape & one to be creative".

What is macramé?

Macramé seems to be something that has resurfaced again in the past few years, becoming 'fashionable' again. It was a big hit in the 70's with people creating their own plant hangers, bags and even clothes! But if you Google where it originated from you will find the quote "The origin of macramé is generally attributed to Arabic weavers during the 13th century, using decorative knots to finish the loose ends of hand-woven textiles".

My journey started with a conversation with a close friend who suggested that I get into something crafty to help pass lockdown 2.0 (November 2020 for anyone reading this in the future!) She showed me a friend of her's on Instagram and I was hooked! Ironically I had bought my friend a 'get into macramé' set for Christmas but ended up opening this and keeping it for myself. I looked up online how to master the basic knots and I was away. First creating key rings and a small wall hanging, moving in Christmas decorations that become very popular! Fast forward only 2 months and I have my own shop on Etsy, a healthy following on social media and am busy crafting my biggest wall piece to date whilst in our third national lockdown (January 2021).

Why it helps me.

I can't even begin to tell you how much this new hobby-turned-side-business has helped my mental health over the past few months. It is such a mindful activity that forces you to focus solely on what you're making therefore creating escapism. It is my happy place, my haven, my safe space to dream & learn new knots. I can't recommend picking up a new hobby at this time enough, whatever it is. Here are a list of a few you could try for little or no cost:

  1. Knitting

  2. Blogging

  3. Journalling - See my previous how to blog here.

  4. Painting

  5. Learn a new language with Duolingo

  6. Drawing

  7. Clay earring making like my friend Look at Marié.

  8. Puzzles

  9. Yoga

  10. Calligraphy.

Follow my journey on Instagram or shop on Etsy!

Big love and lots of knots,

Jade Xx

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