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Meet the Maker | Knotted and Knitted


This month, we sat down and had a chat with Helen Cameron, who admits her handmade business, Knotted and Knitted, is a culmination of “my hobbies gone mad!”

 

Helen’s passion for her own business also translates into a love of all things handmade. You can meet Helen and all the other fabulous makers at the markets this month each and every Saturday.


Can you please tell us about your business?

My business is about creating unique macrame pieces, including pot plant hangers, decorative pieces and wall hangings, with an emphasis on using Australian-manufactured cord. I also design and knit tea and egg cosies.


How long have you been running Knotted and Knitted, and how did you start off?

15 years ago, I started knitting 50-60’s style tea cosies, which I sold at markets in Brisbane. It was around the same time that my passion for macrame came into being. Whilst creating some bespoke macrame lighting pieces, I came into contact with Australian cord manufacturers and have been proudly using these in my work ever since.


What types of materials do you use?

I use natural and poly Australian manufactured cords for my macrame pieces, and my knitted creations can incorporate single to multiple yarns in natural and synthetic fibres.


What is your most popular creation?

The macrame pot hangers are very popular as they can tolerate most weather conditions, including the sun and rain, and can hold up to 20 kg in weight. The chicken tea cosies tend to evoke smiles, laughter and fond memories, and I have sold them to people from around the world.


What do you like most about Handmade in the Hunter Markets?

I joined the markets around 8 years ago and love the setting and being able to connect with other creative souls. I also find it is my go-to place for gift shopping.

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