Right now I’m really into the arts and crafts section at our city library. I started in the knitting section, went through all the weird ’70s/’80s sweater books I could find, and then migrated over to the fiber arts row. I love it. There are weaving books, rug-making books, macramé books, just about all of them old, most of them super hippie (Family Creative Workshop!!). Some of the projects in them look funny and a little too ’70s retro (macramé owl wall-hangings?), but once in a while you might come across something you’d see in a store today.
The other day Lauren and I were talking about necklace-hunting online and how we might as well just make our own. It’s cheaper, for sure. Weirdly enough it’s also fun. I made one out of rope and a curved piece of brass I found on Etsy—I dyed the rope with food coloring (probably not the best idea, but it was all I had on hand), aiming for grey but getting purple instead. I like the necklace Lauren made a lot more. It’s simple and the colors are so much better (not purple). Also, she made her own beads!
I’ve been looking for weird necklaces at the thrift stores to wear and also to take apart so that I can use the beads/strange ceramic pieces in necklaces of my own. But I also want to try my hand at making a macramé necklace. Last summer I had some really ’70s-inspired WWAKE necklaces on my wishlist, but they went on sale and sold out before I knew it. How hard could it be to make a version of my own?