Today we’d like to introduce you to Alicia Mosesso.
Alicia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I founded Knots & Such in 2017 shortly after I tried macrame for the first time. I simply fell in love with the entire process from start to finish – from gathering the perfect supplies to throwing on some music to zoning in while hand-tying knot after knot after knot until each piece is complete.
Macrame is believed to have originated in the 13th century – Arab artisans knotted the excess thread and yarn along the edges of hand-loomed fabrics into decorative fringes on bath towels, shawls, and veils. The Spanish word macramé is derived from the Arabic word migramah, believed to mean “striped towel”, “ornamental fringe” or “embroidered veil.” This art became very popular and spread through Spain, Italy, and Europe. Sailors also made macrame objects while at sea and sold or bartered them when they arrived at their destination. They then spread the art to places like China and the Western Hemisphere. Nineteenth-century British and American sailors made hammocks, bell fringes, and belts from macrame. Knots & Such brings these timeless pieces to your home and to your life.
There are two things I strive for in making macrame pieces. I strive to create a piece that will perfectly accent one’s space, and I strive to inspire along the way – whether that is inspiring someone to pursue their own passions, follow their own crafty dreams, or simply do something that they love and makes them happy. I live and create all my pieces in a quaint little suburb just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I am creating both signature and custom pieces for clients, and am releasing a number of new items this year to add to the Knots & Such collection. I am planning to partake in farmers’ markets and artisans’ markets in Cape Cod this summer.
Has it been a smooth road?
Opening Knots & Such and creating and developing the brand that is my heart and soul has been a wild, fun adventure thus far. I am learning so much about the art of macrame and learning how to do the countless variations of knots which all play an important role in creating the absolute perfect piece. I am connecting with other macrame artists all over the world. I am collaborating with local artisans and small business owners to share best practices and promote each other’s incredible work.
Some days require an excessive amount of good coffee and music to get me through, but all in all, Knots & Such has been such a light in my life and I am excited to see where this journey takes me.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Knots & Such story. Tell us more about the business.
I am the owner of Knots & Such, and I specialize in creating timeless macrame pieces to accent one’s home and life.
I am most proud of the unique macrame pieces I create, and my ability to connect with anyone I cross paths with and listen to their needs to then create the perfect piece for them.
What sets Knots & Such apart from other companies is the uniqueness and quality of each macrame piece and the heart & soul that goes into creating each and every piece.
I create both signature and custom pieces for any space in one’s home, office or elsewhere, and pieces for any occasion: birthdays, housewarmings, holidays, weddings, etc. Plant hangers, keychains, and other new products are going to be released in 2018, so stay tuned!
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I would argue that the industry is in its prime, and will continue to be for years to come. Macrame is believed to have originated back in the 13th century, and to this day one can find variations of macrame throughout homes, offices, and other spaces. I believe over the next 5-10 years this industry will continue to evolve and will be as relevant, if not more relevant, as it is now.
- Signature pieces from the Knots & Such collection range from $25-75. Custom pieces vary.
- Address: 43 Thompson Street, Maynard MA
- Website: www.knotsandsuchboston.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @knotsandsuch_
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/knotsandsuchboston/