DL Designs of Rutland

by Diane Lynch

Diane, originally from Yorkshire, moved to Oakham in Rutland in 2006. Whilst she had been using knotting techniques to make friendship bracelets for over 15 years, it was only when in Oakham that she was introduced to macramé and braiding, and DL Designs of Rutland was born.

Macramé  is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. It is believed to have originated in the 13th Century by Arab weavers who developed knotting techniques to add decorative fringes onto towels, shawls and veils. It was then spread across Europe, Asia and the New World by sailors who used available rope to make macramé objects in time off whilst at sea to sell at their destinations.

Diane uses macramé knots to make jewellery and charms including a variety of gemstones, ceramic and wooden beads in a variety of fabrics.

Braiding  involves intertwining two or more flexible materials to make a structure stronger than the individual strands. Its use has been seen as early as 8600-5780BC in Peru, and has been used throughout many civilisations for practical purposes such as rope-making, straps, belts, slings, baskets, etc, and decorative purposes, including hair plaiting and jewellery.

Diane was first introduced to braiding using Japanese techniques including the Kumihimo disk (circular plate with notches) and Maru Dai (round stand with weighted bobbins), and uses these to make jewellery and spectacle lanyards.

She aims to continue researching both knotting and braiding techniques from differing regions of the world as inspiration for more unique creations.