Norma, a regular reader of Relevé Design, is one big reason why I rushed to get the videos for the macrame t-shirt throw done. She and her sister are best friends. Her sister is an amazing aunt to her three boys. Norma planned to make a throw out of her children’s old t-shirts as a Christmas present for her sister.
I drew a picture for her so that she could get started. Norma began working on the throw in the middle of December. It took me a while with the help of a couple people to make the throw for Nate Berkus, so I suggested she get help from friends or family. I even put up a tutorial on how to several people can work on one throw at once. She really wanted the gift to be from her, but she did mull over the possibility of asking her mom for help. In the end, she worked on it by herself. Norma was done on time, before Christmas Eve!
Here is her completed creation! Norma knotted two red stripes to create a nice contrast edge for a dark throw. She takes my original design a further by incorporating a multicolored square in the middle. The three blue stripes represent her three sons, each made from their shirts. It’s a striking focal point that works on a formal level, but more importantly holds great sentimental value and meaning. This is truly upcycling! Great job, Norma!