Ever Heard of Margaretenspitze?

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

The site has courses, publications, cards, to teach everyone who wants to learn.

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


The Work of Joh Ricci

We are very proud to introduce our readers to the work of Joh Ricci through an article by Trudi Van Dyke. The full article was published in the latest issue of Fiber Art Now. Kindly, they have allowed us to reprint it here: The Work of Joh Ricci: Fine Art or Fine Craft?

Below is an excerpt from the article.

Joh Ricci’s creative and imaginative sculptures raise knotting beyond its perceived low level decorative purposes that the typical viewer associates with macrame. One look at the sculptures defines the artist’s method of knotting as an innovative elevation of craft to fine art.
Ricci shares that her work begins with sketches to develop her ideas and plans for her structures. She prefers to work on two or three pieces at a time allowing her to reflect on the progress of each work by returning to it after a break. She embraces the guidelines of her design sketches, but surrenders to her creative instincts as the work develops its own path.

Her nylon fiber is hand dyed with commercial dyes in stages until she reaches the color saturation she envisions. Her work is highlighted with a distinctive pallet of bright and bold hues. The demarcation between colors in a particular sculpture speaks to the development of her skills using color as well as technique to define her goals. Unique novelty yarns and threads are incorporated with additional techniques of rolling, crochet, and hand weaving to accentuate a particular portion or feeling of the sculpture.The three-dimensional pieces are generally first sculpted with natural materials to establish a base of support. The knots are then begun at a random point and tacked down onto the substrate. Work progresses as Joh ties knot after knot in seemingly endless progression that can become mesmerizing as the sculpture evolves. Texture is developed as the knots are joined tightly to each other. The size of the threads and the shape of the knots, as well as the color progression, enhance the vision. Layers of height within individual knots elevate the impressions of three dimensionality within the sculpture.