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knot-tying and macramé techniques


Decorative sailing knots
Macramé is an extremely ancient knot-tying technique.
The tying of knots and the action of lacing were used in hunting and to make clothes and shelters...
Later on, sailors used knots on hemp ropes: each knot had its own particular purpose in relation to crew safety.

To find out more about the history of knots: see the introduction to the knot-tying methods
Let's learn to tie decorative knots together.
Sailing knots seen on rigging


Despite the invention of the loom, the art of hand-tying knots has not been lost: sailors still know how to repair their huge nets and also use knots to moor their boats and hoist sails.


macramé bracelet
Even today, little girls adore making these Brazilian bracelets (from thin, colorful cotton threads) and scoubidous (long, thin lengths of flexible plastic) using macramé techniques.