Hanging out with modern macrame

When Jade Parkinson started doing macrame she was reminded of making friendship bracelets with her grandma as a little girl. Taranaki Community News caught up with her to find out about this retro art form that’s making a comeback.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
Hello 🙂 I’m Jade, the owner of Bleubell Macrame. I’m a 24 year old wife and stay at home mum of two gorgeous girls (Lola – 5 years old and Azalea – 1.5). Bleubell Macrame is my baby. 

What do you make at Bleubell Macrame?
I make macrame wall hangings, plant hangers, earrings, key chains and much more. I also sell supplies for people to make their own macrame pieces. My products are made with 100 per cent cotton, every now and then I add some wool into the mix.

The deer antlers I use are all naturally shed and sourced from the South Island. I started Bleubell Macrame as a hobby in 2016, I turned my hobby into a business last year when my orders started to grow rapidly and I also made the decision to stock Australian Cotton.

Your work is just stunning! When did you first start making it, why did you get into it, and how did you learn? 
I started making macrame plant hangers in early 2016, I was flicking through Pinterest looking for something to do in my spare time. That’s where I found macrame, I decided to give it a go and realised I already knew most of the knots from making friendship bracelets as a child with my Nan. From there I just kept practicing and practicing until I felt I was good enough to show others 

You can make quite large pieces. How long does it take you to make your work, and what’s the biggest piece you’ve ever worked on? 
Each piece is totally different. Some pieces take three hours and others can take up to a week to complete 

 My biggest piece I’ve created yet is a 2.5m x 2m wedding arch I created for a NZ company (Handmaid NZ). 

What are your most popular pieces at the moment?
My most popular pieces are my antlers hangings & a design named ADAIR. The antlers are such unique pieces & none are ever the same & of course people love to own something that no one else does. As for ADAIR, she gives off quite a bohemian feeling and has the option for a crystal to be attached in the centre detailing 

There seems to be a shift in the consumer world, towards buying from and supporting local businesses. Why is this an important idea, and a philosophy you support?
I 100 per cent support buying from local businesses and handmade businesses. It’s so much more important to support makers and sellers in our own country than it is to support people out of New Zealand.

Being a local handmade business myself, I know how much time and love goes into each product and that’s far better than products being pumped out of machines 

You can find Bleubell Macrame on Instagam. 
You can also visit her on Facebook, or her website.