I was recently introduced to the Margaretenspitze technique of knotting by RaquelCruz in her interview with Adriana Lazzari. I believe all of us will be awed by the technique. Thank you to Raquel and Ms. Lazzari for their contribution and for giving us resources for learning more.
Tell us more about the Margaretenspitze technique?
The Margarete lace is a technique that uses knots, that derives from Macramé. It was invented by Margarete Naumann in the early 1900s. With this technique, she wanted to leave out the rigid knot, then known, with the creation of a particular way to make lace. This technique remained in limbo for almost a century, until Lotte Heinemann started studying the lace works that were in museums and private homes.
This technique makes it possible to develop the work in any direction, creating both flat and three-dimensional elements.
In trying to accomplish this technique is not necessary to have drawings or diagrams. You only need the knowledge of some basic rules and you can begin to create items for a special and personalized fit, born in the imagination of anyone. The technique consists of picking up the threads into bundles and then dropping them, using simple and multiple knots, double, triple and quadruple, inserting and removing processing threads.
How did you learn this technique and since when have you been practicing it?
I found this technique through the book “Makrame” by Eva Andersen, 1984. Then, by chance, during a trip in 2004, I found the book by Lotte Heinemann which became my guide to learn all the rules of this art to which I devoted myself to study it with passion.
Now I try to create projects of new works and then describe them in Instructional tutorials with many pictures of the steps and try to diffuse it through a website I have with my friend Lucia: www.ilmiomacrame.com
How could someone learn more about this technique? We know you’ve published a book, can you tell us about it?
If someone wanted to learn Margaretenspitze, they can attend my classes or study the technique in the book “Macramé il Pizzo Margarete” by Adriana Lazzari.
I wrote this book so that those who can not attend my classes could learn the art of self-teaching. The book contains the rules of art, exercises, applications of the rules on the bundles, many elements of the cord and 15 cards rich in practical applications by illustrations accompanied by explanations.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently preparing new models dress ornaments, for example:
brooches, earrings, necklaces, monograms, decorations for clothing, etc.
Can you tell us more about yourself?
Since my childhood, I had a special relationship with threading until I finally achieved adequate academic education.
I was lucky to have a job where the thread was the basis for the creation, in fact, I learned at the Bobbin Lace school in Gorizia (Italy), where new teachers are engaging and where I had the opportunity to convey my passion for this wonderful art. When I retired from work, I worked with great satisfaction and entirely with macrame, especially the lace Margarete, at that time not well known.
What are your plans for the future?
Normally I do not plan for the future, when I finish studying and researching a project, I immediately have the momentum of developing another fit, depending on the needs at the moment.
Thank you to Raquel Cruz for sharing this interview. To see more of Raquel’s work, visit