Humanity

Feb 192012
 

micro macrame
Macramé has grown up and is fashionable all over again as micro macrame. Macramé is the art of knotting where you create your patterns through knots. The materials most often used in standard macramé are hemp, leather, yarn,and cotton twine. These materials are sometimes used when making jewelry with beads, glass, or wood. Currently, as people have become interested in this craft again they have updated the technique. Micro macramé is a new twist the standard macramé. Size is the main difference between macramé and micro macramé. The size of everything used in micro macramé is smaller as the name micro indicates. The cords are very thin compared to that of standard macramé. They are less than 2mm, which, intern means the beads and pendants used to adorn them have to be much smaller as well.

Micro macramé can be utilized to add detailing on larger pieces as well as making handmade jewelry. Using the micro macramé technique leaves no end to the possibilities of the types of jewelry and crafts that can be created. Some of which can be necklaces, bracelets, belts and clasps. Because this style of macramé is created with finer thread, the possibilities of the color and texture of the thread are endless.

Micro Macramé allows artists to capture the style and techniques of this classic craft and spice it up with beads, elegance, and intricacy to create items that rival pieces made years ago. Regardless of the added intricacy, these pieces are easy to make and are updated with a modern appeal.

Jan 262012
 

macrame plant hanger
Macrame plant hangers are something I didn’t know anything about until recently. They are a beautiful way to hang planted flowers in your house. What else is there to know about macrame plant hangers? Is it something that we at the Macrame Project should be interested in making? After doing some research, I found out some more information about them. Continue reading »

Jan 242012
 

Macrame is made by knotting thread continuously to form a pattern. The real base of macrame is the types of knots that are put together. Some of these knots are noticeable. Others are complicated and foreign to most people. Let’s talk about a few of these knots.
Let’s start with the Half Knot. It is an easy knot, so it’s great for the beginner. When you make one half knot after another the knot twists to form a nice looking rope like pattern. Continue reading »

Jan 182012
 

tagua nut cluster
Have you ever heard of tagua? Are you wondering what is tagua? Tagua is a form of vegetable ivory harvested from a plant called ivory palm. Not only does this vegetable ivory look exactly like tusk ivory, but it has a lot of redeeming traits. Tagua can be the answer to saving rain forests and elephant conservation!

Phytelephas is a genus of six species of palms, which all grow from Panama south along the Andes through Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. They are known as ivory palms, ivory-nut palms, or tagua palms. Their scientific name means “plant elephant”. This refers to the very hard white nut produced by the plant. This nut is called the tagua nut. It resembles elephant ivory. A full-grown tagua tree can reach up to 65 feet in height and will yield several very large, knobby wooden fruits. When it is picked from the tree the tagua nut is covered with skin or pericarp. The pericarp usually gets removed by various animals. When the fruit is cracked open, it reveals several hens’ egg sized tagua nuts, the seeds of the tree. The kernel is covered with a brown flaky skin and is shaped similar to an avocado about 4 to 8 centimeters in diameter. The tagua seeds can be allowed to grow into seedlings to perpetuate the trees, or carved into vegetable ivory products. Continue reading »

Jan 052012
 

Children learning there are many ways to achieve one goal

The Macramé Project is a Direct Trade project of The Eden’s Rose Foundation. The purpose of this blog is to raise awareness of a community development program in the low visibility areas of Ecuador. The Projects are funded primarily through the sales of our macramé, made by the People our programs help. In addition to purchasing macramé, we have lots of ways for you to offer your help to aid People in need. We have outlined many options for Supporting  The Macramé Project. Each option is a viable way of helping and making a real effect in the lives of people and families in the Eden’s Rose Foundations direct trade community projects.

A Little effort is all it takes to help People in need! Read on Continue reading »

Jan 052012
 

The makers of our macramé bracelets

We began the Macrame project in an attempt to aid community leaders at a difficult time with hardships such as the access to basic needs. Our first macramé students were community care givers that once worked in the children and infant service programs in the community. The necessary basic services were terminated due to corruption by the governing bodies and institutions. These women continued to work without pay for 6 months because of their care and the pressing needs of the children.

Teaching how to make macramé bracelets

The impact we hoped to have was to create not only the economic viability for the mothers to maintain access to basic necessities (there by alleviating the problem), but also to create a community based program. This program would demonstrate how needs can be met by projects funded from within the communities themselves. Through the continued support of our graduates and the productions of the training courses we have funded the building of a community basic needs center that will act as a refuge point in times of intense flooding. It can be used as a community center for other projects and is the only building in the community with running water, toilets, and showers. Having just completed the primary construction on November 5, 2011 we are eager to formulate a new level of child and infant services that the building is designed to provide. Continue reading »

Jan 052012
 

Macramé Built to Last

The macramé products are mostly made of a polyester coated Brazilian linen used for tying and seating or bonding the knots. These multi colored strings are very strong and won’t fray. They never dissolve like hemp. They don’t have dyes that run or fade like cotton. They are built to last. The strings are just the right make up to feel comfortable on your wrist and still stand the test of time, sun, and water.

We have been incorporating different local seeds into some of the new designs. Seeds such as Tagua (sustainable alternative to ivory) and other local seeds traditional for crafting have given way to simi precious gemstones from the area and beyond. We now include over 50 types of stones into our work including a range of agates, jaspers, opals, feildspars, turquoise, onyx and even a very special and rare Colombian amber. Continue reading »

Jan 052012
 

An assortment of amber macramé bracelets

These macramé are made in a series of community’s surrounding the small outpost community of Tosagua, Ecuador. These are low visibility areas with people living at or below the subsistance level. These individual communities each bring their own unique dynamic. The macramé is made in many different home style and community group productions. This adds diversity in resources and socioeconomic structure. Some are made as part of cultural preservation classes designed for skills training and job creation. Continue reading »

Jan 052012
 

In the Western Hemisphere, macramé is believed to have originated with 13th-century Arabic weavers. These artisans knotted the excess thread and yarn along the edges of hand-loomed fabrics into decorative fringes on bath towels, shawls, and veils. The Spanish word macramé is derived from the Arabic migramah (مقرمة), believed to mean “spiritual towel”, “ornamental friend” or “embroidered veil.” After the Moorish conquest, the art was taken to Spain, and off to sea once more then spread through Europe. It was introduced into England at the court of Mary II in the late 17th century.

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Jan 052012
 

String for making macramé bracelets

 

Are you wondering what is macrame? Macramé is a form of textile making that uses knotting as opposed to weaving or knitting. The knots in macramé are square and form full hitch and double half hitches. Arab weavers are thought to be the first to macramé. They used extra thread to make knotted decorative threads on handmade fabrics. Sailors were a big part of creating this type of knotting. They used the knots to elaborately decorate their knives, bottles and parts of the ship. Continue reading »

Dec 272011
 

The Macrame Project is facilitated by The Eden’s Rose Foundation. The macramé products sold on “Macrame Project” are a product that benefits 100’s of people directly. The macrame also has a rippling effect. The benefits will help the whole community because it provides jobs and puts money directly in the pockets of the people that produce these macramé accessories. This positive result is made possible by applying a humanistic template called “Direct Trade”.

A brief overview of the direct trade template:

We begin by doing a needs and skills assessment for the community in question. This planning includes a combination of focuses to address the most pressing needs within the community. Our program is then set to meet the people where they are. We strengthen their position and work toward elevation generally along the lines of Maslow’s hierarchy. Our focus being self actualization in its purest scene. Taking into consideration the current local skills and trades we commence with the teaching and job skills training programs.  Whenever possible, we blend  cultural or local skills that may not have a platform in the changing community. We recognize that micro finance alone does not have the capacity to create opportunity for an unskilled, uneducated, and immobilized demographic. Continue reading »