Macramé has landed on our fp page bringing a little bit of unique texture to our summer feet. Many people get confused with Macramé and crochet so here’s a little about its background. Macramé is an art of decorative knotting without using needles or hooks. By using a series of knots, it can be created using any kind of material. You can use fine thread or even use leather strips. The outcome – a truly unique texture that creates interest.
We love the 1970’s influence and the workmanship aesthetic it portrays deriving from the early sailors of the seven seas. Sailors made macramé objects in off hours while at sea, and sold or bartered them when they landed, thus spreading the art to places like China and the New World. Nineteenth-century British and American sailors made hammocks, bell fringes, and belts from macramé. They called the process “square knotting”, after the knot they used most frequently.
However, the trend has made its way back and made an impact on the runaways for spring/summer 2011, but how do you wear such an intricate look?
Let the texture tell the story of your outfit; team with a simple sundress and brown satchel, maybe a no print outfit would work best avoiding over busy-ness or run wild with the 70’s look and team some cute little Macramé shoes with bell bottoms and a simple tee.
We’re loving the shoes that are featured here they’re the ideal summer shoe!
i am in love with these little terrariums from litill! something about the combo of white sand, cacti and happy colors really appeals to me…they seem like they’d be pretty easy to make too! another summer project added to the list… Read more »
a few of you have asked about the amazing rope swirl tapestries in our new store displays and you’re in luck because one of our display artists put together a tutorial on how to make them! it looks like such a fun rainy day project.
what you need: a large piece of cardboard, black marker, scissors, rope in various sizes and colors, neon twine, pompoms.
use a variety of different colors and textures to create a fun swirl – these purple and orange tassels are just another piece of string woven in with the others!
once you’ve got it down, you can make a whole bunch in different sizes and colors, to create a whole wall tapestry just like the ones in our stores :) i can’t wait to try this!
Be sure to check out our new DIY Projects category for more DIY Inspiration!
We have the uber cool Ruby Aldridge in our studio today. She screams rock chic and she’s adding a cutting edge to our looks. She’s having a blast dancing around to the NY Dolls, she’s full of energy I can’t wait to see her styled up on our web.
We reached out to Mandy, our blogger friendat Oracle Fox, to guest blog for Free People from Australia Fashion Week. I was super excited that she was willing to do this for us, as it’s one of my favorite fashion weeks around, and we knew she would do a stellar job documenting it!
She documented the scene of great fashion and the beautiful relaxed lifestyle Australia has to offer. Here’s round 1 of her favorite shows. If you could go to any fashion week which one would you choose? Mine would definitely be Australia.
“The styling at the Miss Unkon show was spectacular!! I loved the beautiful earth tone colour palette and the way the show was accessorized with long delicate necklaces, tribal braiding and incredible body art!”
“I love this shot of Ivan Rodic taking Nicole from Gary Pepper Vintage’s picture, I think this piccies sums up the whole Australian fashion week vibe…amazing street photographer-check, amazing fashion blogger-check, amazing style-check, opera house-check”
I was raised in an Italian family with real Italian cooks, so I have a tendency give anything an Italian spin in the kitchen. Hence this week’s recipe – my favorite grilled cheese sandwich – is nothing short of delicioso. It’s crazy easy to make and tastes just as good as any fancy Panini.
2 Slices of bread (I like wholegrain, but if you want the traditional thing, go for ciabatta bread)
1 Canned artichoke – quartered
1 roasted red pepper – cut into 3 pieces
2 slices of fresh mozzarella (Mozzarella is traditional, but I didn’t have any when I made the sandwich, so I substituted a blend of jack cheeses. You can experiment with whatever cheeses you like. I highly recommend it.)
Spread pesto on both halves of your bread
Place roasted red pepper on one half
Place artichoke pieces on top of the roasted red pepper
Place cheese on top of the artichokes & then toast both sandwich halves in the toaster oven – or regular oven at 350F if you don’t have a toaster oven – until cheese melts (approx 5 minutes).
Place the top slice of bread on top, cut in half, and you’re done!