While some of us developed green thumbs during the COVID lockdown, Barbara Rahal also wanted to up her houseplant game. With about 200 plants in her house, the then stay-at-home photographer soon started to make macrame for her hanging planters.
“At first, I was just looking for a way to release the stress. Macrame is so calming, and it’s perfect for me to express my creativity,” says Rahal. “The best part is, I realized that I’m good at it!”
From the small hanging pieces she made in the first few batches, to the popular macrame hangings with crystals she presents at the Royal Bison maker’s fair, Rahal’s is always striving to create something new. Nowadays, she’s obsessed with those colourful macrame in crescent- shaped metal frames.
It didn’t take Rahal long to discover that there’s a very small market of macrame supplies in Edmonton. The macrame lover then started investing in supplies and bringing small supplier names from elsewhere into Edmonton. Now on the website of Little House of Macrame, you can find small DIY kits, as well as individual macrame supplies.
Two years into creating macrame hangings and fibre arts, Rahal noticed that sharing her art process on Instagram wasn’t enough for those who become keen to learning this art. Hence, she’s now holding small-scale workshops.
“Many people don’t realize how talented they are, until they actually get their hands on it,” says Rahal. “We’ve all gotta start somewhere.”