In July, we added Macrame to our ever-growing list of skills we teach the women in our outreach program!

Each month we pair a creative skill with a material that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill. This month, we taught our outreach partners how to tie a few simple knots over and over to create a beautiful macrame key chain or zipper pull.

Perennial’s teaching artists had bits of scrap yarn, twine, and rope for participants to use as they practiced making lark’s head knots, square knots, and overhand knots.

With a little trial and error, each woman  left the workshop with at least one macrame key chain and a new skill to help reuse shoe strings, pieces of twine, and yarn.

A participant from Lydia’s House said she “learned patience today!”

Materials used: Scraps of yarn, twine, and rope

Skills taught: Macrame, knot-tying