Macramé: The Art of Knots

Date Monday 08 January 2024 until Monday 18 March 2024
Time 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Price£137 | £127
TutorAlison Pascoe of ASTRL Fibres

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Macramé: The Art of Knots


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Join artist and tutor Alison Pascoe of ASTRL Fibres for this deep dive into the craft practice of Macramé, the art of knots. Sharing the methods used in her own practice, Alison will guide you through the fundamental skills of macramé. Over the course of 10 sessions you will explore basic to advanced macramé knots and develop your technique with 4 beautiful projects to take home with you.

Project 1: Knot sampler (beginners) 

Project 2: a pair of Coasters (beginners)

Project 3: a Plant Hanger (intermediate) 

Project 4: Final project (advanced)

This course will cover:

  • Setting Up Your Workstation
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Understanding Materials
  • Measuring and Mounting Techniques
  • Basic & Advanced Knots
  • Knot Pattern Variations
  • Planning & Design
  • Creative Composition
  • Adding Colour
  • 3D Structure
  • Finishing Techniques
  • Aftercare

This class is suitable for absolute beginners looking for a challenge and for those interested in further developing their macramé skills.

The cost for this course includes the provision of materials for projects 1 - 3 along with the access to any necessary tools and equipment. 

Additional materials will be required to purchase for project 4 (estimated cost £20 - £40 per person) These can be ordered directly through the tutor or a material list will be provided for you to source your own.


About the tutor

Alison Pascoe is a Belfast based artist and craftsperson specialising in the craft practice of Macramé, the art of knot tying. Professionally practicing and teaching since 2016 as ASTRL Fibres, Alison is an accomplished macramé artist with a background in fine arts. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Alison studied sculpture and textiles at the Alberta University of the Arts before following her nomadic urge to travel and eventually put down roots in Northern Ireland.

From her East Belfast studio Alison explores heritage knot-work and cord weaving techniques using a variety of natural materials and sustainable methods, a practice that allows her to connect to mindful spaces between work and play. Alison describes her work as handcrafted objects for modern spaces, with an ethos to discover new perspectives on traditional craft. A member of the Heritage Crafts Association, The International Guild of Knot Tyers, Craft NI’s Makers Directory and Decowell Restoration (a Belfast based conservation and decorative arts studio), Alison recognises the importance of championing heritage crafts to keep traditional techniques like Macramé, in practice. You can view Alison's work here: 

Age Range16+ years
Half Term12 February 2024 until 18 February 2024

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