Caring for your Macrame
Macrame fibre art will be wrapped in recycled packing materials [when available] to ship. Please hang your new fibre art immediately! It may look a little bit kinked at first, but you can use your fingers or a comb to gently brush through the cotton fringe. The fibres will naturally begin to fall they way they should the longer the piece hangs.
By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your macrame art will stand the test of time.
- Your macrame is hung with nails - gently hammer them into the piece just under the wood, so the nails can be hidden amongst the fibres. Larger pieces will likely require two nails, and smaller ones should only need one. Once hung, if the piece doesn't sit snug against the wall, you can also put a nail into the bottom of the macrame so it sits flat.
- Don’t vacuum them! For cleaning, take your piece outside, hold it up by what it’s mounted to [copper, driftwood, dowel, etc] and gently shake it from side to side. This will dislodge any dust particles and also help move all the tassels and fringes into place. If, after doing this, you’re still finding particulate matter hanging on, you can use a sticky lint roller and—gently, carefully—roll it over stubbornly dusty areas.
- If your piece gets accidentally stained, avoid submerging it in liquid as this could shrink or distort the design. Spot cleaning with some lukewarm water or diluted white vinegar can help remove any spots.
- Keep your macrame away from moisture and cooking fumes. Moisture can cause it to become smelly and can encourage mold growth. And don’t forget that cotton is flammable.
- Keep your macrame away from the reach of young children and pets.
- Some natural fibres can attract bugs. Just to be safe, periodically check your piece for any signs of creepy crawly activity.
- Regularly checking your piece for signs of dust, bugs, mold and stains will help prevent any little problems from growing unmanageable.
- Over time, soft fringe, tassels, and feathers can get a bit tangled or begin to twirl. To prevent this messy appearance, gently go over these areas with a brush or comb. When combing/brushing out fringe, make sure to hold close to the top of the fibres [just like you would hold hair close to the scalp when brushing it]. Regularly brushing fringe will keep it looking soft, straight, and smooth.
- When hanging a wall hanging or plant hanger, make sure that the wall or ceiling is capable of supporting the weight of what you’re hanging. In the case of a bunting, you can tie looped slipknots at the length you need to hang the banners to your liking.