A fun introduction to Macrame, a textile craft using knotting techniques.

Macrame Gonk

Scandinavian Gonks

Out tutors will guide you through the process from start to finish. They will start by showing you how to do the square knot. This is one of the primary knots used in Macrame. Alongside this technique, you will use cord, beads and glue to produce your very own Gonk.

These are perfect decorations to hang in your home, with just the nose and beard peeking out from beneath a hat. These cute crafts have been incredibly popular with our guests and will enhance any home.

Age: 10+
Duration: 90mins
Location: Manor only

The History of Macrame

Its origins can be traced back to ancient civilisations, with evidence suggesting its practice in Babylon and Assyria as early as the 13th century. However, it gained widespread popularity during the 13th and 14th centuries in the Arabic world, where it was used to adorn clothing and household items.

The craft then spread to Europe through Moorish traders, reaching its zenith during the Renaissance era. It became a symbol of wealth and status, with elaborate macramé decorations adorning the homes of nobility and royalty.

During the 19th century, macramé experienced a resurgence in popularity, particularly in Britain and America, as sailors utilised their knotting skills to create decorative objects and adornments aboard ships.

In the 20th century, macramé saw yet another revival with the rise of the hippie movement in the 1960s and 1970s. It became synonymous with bohemian style, with individuals creating intricate wall hangings, jewellery, and clothing using various knotting techniques.

Today, macramé remains a popular craft form enjoyed by people worldwide.