Want to unknot your creative flow? Turquoise Boutique Studio holds workshops across the city that will do just that.
We sign up for a session in macramé, the craft of knot tying. Macramé was bigger than big in the ’70s, but Instafamous interior designers and fashion mavens have brought it back into vogue for the 21st century. We get on trend at candy pink new caffeine dispensers, Tania’s Teahouse in Jumeirah.
Our instructor Meredith Huston is originally from New Jersey in the US and is now spreading the love of crafting in Dubai with Turquoise Boutique Studio. A school teacher by day, she’s still patient to a fault in the evening, as we discover.
She begins by teaching us different knots to create our own macramé bags. We start with an easy one – the lark’s head. Other knots we learn are the diagonal half hitch, the half knot and the square knot. These are not so easy and take a couple of practise runs to get right. Apparently 19th century sailors perfected the art of macramé on long voyages and Meredith assures us that time and patience are the only hacks to avoid tying yourself in knots.
Meredith explains that the creative process has three phases – you start feeling excited, then usually some sort of frustration kicks in and lastly, you blissfully make your way through your creation to the end in peace. We definitely experience all three phases in our attempt to complete our first ever macramé project. Top tips – hang the project up to avoid a Gordian Knot situation and keep your hands clean so the threads don’t get grubby.
Making one pretty fringed bag is the devotion of our class, but macramé is a very versatile art form and can also be used to create bracelets, dream catchers or anything else that calls for a creative use of string.
Among students of mixed skills levels, us first timers managed to ‘almost’ complete the entire project in three hours, while others wrap it up and have plenty of time to polish off a healthy dinner and a freshly brewed cup of tea, both included in the class fees.
Also provided are all materials needed for the workshop, as well as print outs with basic instructions of the activity, if you prefer a visual to a spoken how-to. We even receive a little bag to take our (half-finished) project home.
The macramé session costs AED 210 but prices for classes vary depending on the venue, food options, and the activity. Keep an eye on the Turquoise Boutique Studio Facebook page where there are announcements about workshops in macramé, clay jewellery, scarf printmaking, floral crowns and more. If you want a birthday party that’s ‘knot’ like the others, Turquoise Boutique Studio will come to your event and hold private workshops too. Still too busy? Meredith sells crafty kits online and presents YouTube tutorials.
Next workshop: DIY Dreamcatcher Workshop. 7.30pm-9.30pm, Sunday, 16th September 16th. Retold Boutique, Umm Suqeim Road. AED 195 for materials and coffee/tea with nibbles. Turquoise Boutique Studio. 056 327 8244. turquoiseboutiquestudio.com