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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Granny’s Sci-Fi Angels

My life in appalachia - Granny's Macrame Angel

Remember macrame? When I was little Granny was into macrame big time. She made rugs, plant hangers, even pocket books. She also made all sorts of Christmas decorations.

When Granny was in her macrame stage of crafting she made Angels like the one above-a whole tree full of them. A few years ago I happen to see one of the old ones down at Granny’s and mentioned that I had totally forgotten about the Angels and how much I liked them. What did Granny do? She made me 10 of them. I hung them along the top of my red Christmas curtains (also made by Granny) in the kitchen that Christmas.

This year I decided I would use the biggest Angel as a tree topper. After Chatter got a good look at the Angel she said “where did that thing come from-its scary looking.” I told her “Granny made it for me.” She said “it looks like something off the Sci-Fi channel.”

Funny how Chatter could see Granny’s macrame angel as creepy-and I only see it as lovely.

Do you remember macrame?


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    December 8, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    My sister did macrame, pretty and useful plant hangers and necklaces…but I’ve never seen a macrame angel….. it’s pretty ,and lovingly made .

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    Fishing Guy
    December 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Tipper: As we know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think it is a wonderful angel.

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    Lisa @ Two Bears Farm
    December 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I’ve seen angels like that before, but it has been a long while. I never thought of them as creepy though, lol!

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    lynn legge
    December 8, 2011 at 12:10 am

    tipper i was laughing so hard at the poem one of the writers wrote about the angel .. lol you really make my days and i love the different reactions that the readers have on things.
    one thing i hope we all have tho.. is a blessed holiday season and a happy and healthy new year.
    big big ladybug hugs

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    SandyCarlson (USA)
    December 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    You have me smiling about macrame. My mom was a talented macrame knotter. She could/can do anything once I get out of her hair!

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    December 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    First I gotta say, we Love our CD of the girls, and your pappy!
    As for Macrame, we never did that. However yesterday as I was pulling out my christmas decorations I found some old things my late aunt Faye had crocheted. Gosh how I now treasure those things!

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    brenda s 'okie in colorado'
    December 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    My Mom and I both did lots of macrame. We made the purses and even a small one for my little girl who is now 41. We made lots of plant hangers with pretty beads or wooden balls, some ceramic figures, and we made the full length owls. Good memories of the 70’s.

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    susie swanson
    December 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I love it.. Wish I could do something like that. Tell your granny she does a great job on those.. I’m really enjoying my CD.. I listen to it everyday..Susie

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    December 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I think it’s lovely too.
    God bless.

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    December 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I did macrame too. My boyfriend at the time had a huge table that hung from the ceiling, and had a mirror table top. Don’t have it or the boyfriend anymore! Yea to both, lol. T

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    Vicki Lane
    December 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Oh, yes, I did some macrame and taught it at school. It was actually quite fun . . .

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    janet pressley
    December 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Love the angel! Especially the hair. nana

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    barb Johnson
    December 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Yes, I carried a macrame purse my sister in law made me when I was a tween. Than she got into make place-mat purses…with big plastic ring handles..yep I was happening! lol

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    December 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    This 1st song on your radio player
    if also my favorite on Pap and Paul’s “Songs of Christmas” CD.
    Your granny (Mom) is one talented
    lady, but I think you have the upper hand when it comes to facial
    expressions. Back in the 80’s a
    pretty Yankee lady made me a couple of Owls, I may still have
    them somewhere. They were yellow
    and pretty large, and we hung them
    on bedroom doors. Our kids use to
    play together and after her husband retired from the Power
    Company, they moved out West…Ken

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    December 7, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I remember macrame and making little girlie things with girls in school.
    Wish I could go to the Gingerbread Christmas show, I think it would be fun to meet you and see the sights.

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    December 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I remember macrame, Mamma and her friends did it. Mamma still puts out her green macrame Christmas tree with the red wooden beads for ornaments. I love it, it is so retro now.

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    B. Ruth
    December 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

    My Mother never made a macrame angel that I know of nor did I find one in her estate…wish she had as yours is so pretty…
    I was actually surprised that my Mother started learning macrame..It was just so different from the other crafts she did and
    the age gap just didn’t match…I should have been the macrame one..LOL…but Mother was always up for a challenge…She had boards and those big T pins and pattern books everywhere…all those orange and golden cord colors where stashed away when I went thru her craft things after she passed….Cherish the angel..I know you will…and do!
    Thanks for the memories,

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    December 7, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I love Granny’s angel and think it makes a beautiful tree topper. I love anything that is hand crafted. Some of the things that I treasure the most are ones that someone made for me. Everytime I look at them I think of the person who cared enough to take their time to make something that they knew that I would love.

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    Bill Burnett
    December 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Macrame required much more patience than I possess. I remember starting a large Owl wall hanger in 1975, by the time I got down to the eyes I was almost ready to be committed to an institution. Somewhere there resides the top of an Owl’s head wall hanging. My hat’s off to Grannie and I think the Angel makes a great Tree Topper since I know the Love tied into each knot since she did this for you.

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    December 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

    The important thing – Granny made it for you. It has become a treasured memory for you. I have a doll my aunt made for me – crochet – over sixty-two years ago. I also have a small croched panda she made for me longer ago than the doll. Great memories!

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    kay dallas
    December 7, 2011 at 8:50 am

    OMW i’m with misplaced funny!

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    December 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

    How cute!
    And I love the fact that Granny made you not one, but 10. Sounds like something my mother would have done.

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    Melissa P (Misplaced Southerner)
    December 7, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Remember it? I DID it! I, too mostly made plant hangers with beads, bone, pine cones, etc. Yes, I had long hair, wore headbands (not the pretty ones that hold your hair back – the ones that looked like a native american made from leather), had peace-sign-embroidered bell-bottoms, and granny glasses. Those were the days my friend…we thought they’d never end…ck89cw

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    December 7, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I never did like macrame! so I guess I will have to agree with Chatter on this one—as a rule I think anything made by hand is lovely but just not macrame items.

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    Mary Shipman
    December 7, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I guess this is one of those cases of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I like your angel and because I’m not a teenager, realize how wonderful and precious it is to you.

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    Janet Smart
    December 7, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I think the angel is beautiful, wish I knew how to make it. You all are making me feel old, I remember macrame, because I did it! I made the plant holders, still have my yellow one I made. There was a little shop that sold the supplies. A bunch of us girls would go down to it on our lunch break and buy stuff when I worked at the Capitol in Charleston

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    Bill Dotson
    December 7, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Been a long time since I have seen an angel like yours, saw mirror just the other day, really liked those kind of things thanks for showing us yours.

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    Don Casada
    December 7, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Pardon the paraphrasing, but Chatter’s reaction was downright Biblical.
    And there was in the same country, a winsome young lass, Miss Chatter, keeping watch over Wilson Cove by night.
    And, lo, she beheld the Angel of Granny, and she was sore afraid.
    But the Angel of Brasstown said “Fear not; for behold, Granny’s macrame brings you good tidings of great joy.”

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    December 7, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I love it! Perfect tree topper:)

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    Miss Cindy
    December 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I remember macrame, though I never did any of it. I think the angle has an ethereal look, she is lovely.
    I have to say that really sounds like a Chatter comment. LOL

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    Pat in east TN
    December 7, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I used to be into macrame big time years ago, making plant hangers for me and anyone who wanted any. I was never into angels like your Granny though … I think your tree topper angel is pretty, and I think your Granny is very talented by the things that I’ve seen that she’s made.

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    Patty Hall
    December 7, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Ah, Macrame! My mom was into that too. Flower pot hangers mostly. SHe embellished hers with beads and all sorts of things.

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    December 7, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I remember when macrame was popular but i never got into it. Did think the hangers with a mirror in them was pretty.

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    Sheryl Paul
    December 7, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I think the angel is just beautiful!~

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    Donna W
    December 7, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I love that song “Summer Wages”. It’s new to me.

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