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Since retiring Cherie has taken up making macramé the ancient form of textile production using knotting techniques rather than weaving.

One of the earliest recorded uses of macramé-style knots as decoration appeared in carvings by the Babylonians and Assyrians. Plaiting and braiding adorned the costumes of the time and were captured in their statuary.  Later Arab weavers knotted excess thread along the edges of hand-loomed fabrics such as shawls and veils into decorative fringes.  The Moorish conquest took the craft to Spain, then Italy and from there it spread through Europe. In England, it was introduced at the court of Mary II in the late 17th century.

Macramé was most popular in the Victorian era when it adorned most homes in items such as tablecloths, bedspreads and curtains. Sailors made macramé objects and sold or bartered them when they landed, spreading the art to China and the New World. Nineteenth-century British and American sailors made hammocks, bell fringes and belts from macramé.

Macramé's popularity faded, but resurged in the 1970s for making wall hangings, clothing accessories, small jean shorts, bedspreads, tablecloths, draperies, plant hangers and other furnishings while Macramé jewelry became popular in America.

Cherie’s originally started by making plant hangers for home, it then became a hobby after which she started showing and selling her products at Craft Fairs around Brighton, receiving many complementary comments for the quality and design of her products.

Below are pictures of some of her creations.

Commissions undertaken. E-mail for further details and prices:

Plant hangers:;


Wall hangers:;

Key Fobs, decorations

Cherie Macrame pages