February 27th, 2012


Suck on that.

Dreams do come true.

So much fiber-y art has entered my life recently that it’s like a Cinderella story made of dusty yarn from the 70’s. Beautifully lush stringy old yarn.

With the loss of its chandelier, the dining room has been going through a slow transformation that includes – obviously – new lighting and just maybe a new dining table? Possibly thinking about going for some custom style action? ‘Cause I’m fancy? Or super picky? Or whatever.

Yuppers. Big dining room redo. Eventually.

Till then, this gigantically glorious wall hanging will have to hold down the fort.

Whoa whoa whoa. Slow your roll.

Tell me you didn’t think this was the only fiber art wall hanging thing happening around here?

No. Way.

Because when I get obsessed, I get obsessed. Perhaps you noticed that little ‘s’ in the post title?


In your face.

It’s like this thing is so crazy good that the frame can’t handle it! Not at all! Stupid frame!

All that beauty is overflowing with goodness. Jute-y ropey goodness.

Try to ignore the messy bed and that seemingly new ‘rug’ like rug on the floor. I’m apparently such a busy lady that I can’t be bothered to make my bed for photos or discuss this ‘rug’ situation. But don’t you fret lover, that ‘rug’ will be covered in a forthcoming post.

For now?

NO distractions from the fibers.

With these two transcendent works of aesthetic textile-ish glory installed in the dining room and the guest bedroom alike, I believe we’ve finally reached the limit of fiber art the house can safely hold. No, wait, I’m wrong. There’s still that Don Freedman piece, which now lives in the kitchen and that other simple weaving in the hall. But who’s counting? Not you.

Don’t count them.

Just. Don’t.

So. Provenance? AKA, where did these come from?

The dining room behemoth was once owned by all around super nice person Kathleen Ryan, who emailed me a few photos after reading about the great fiber search. Of course I fell instantly in love and we then worked out a mutually beneficial trade. By the way, trading vintage stuff is probably my favorite thing in the world to do. I can happily deaccession something I no longer have space for while someone else gets to do the same. Win win!

The guest bedroom’s sassy ropey weaving was found some time back during a trip to Palm Springs. We went out for a little shopping fun and stumbled on this baby at a consignment shop in Cathedral City. I grabbed that sucker off the wall and never looked back.




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  1. Andrea on 02/27/2012:

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now via my reader and now I just have to comment. You see, I read quite a lot of blogs on interior design etc and blah blah blah BUT I have never read a blog quite as yours. I’m from Sweden and here everyone takes interior design dead serious (not mentioning how boring black and white is!!). Which is why I LOVE how you first of all manage to keep a blog almost entirely about a single home, and second, you keep your writing fun and light, and at the same time your pictures are gorgeous and fantastic and I’m so envious of your sense of style.

    Keep it up, you fantastic girl!

  2. Andrea on 02/27/2012:

    Oh, I forgot: third, you keep it mostly vintage, which I love not only style-wise and from an environmental and ethical point of view, but also because then the things in your home will have more of a personal relationship with you. You will be able to tell someone (in this case: your readers) the funny/scary/strange story of how came across that specific item.


  3. kim on 02/27/2012:

    i think you need a scepter and a crown and a sash because you are queen of all the good stuff in all the land. all your fibers look simply fantastic.

  4. Borat on 02/27/2012:

    Please don’t go there.

  5. The brick house on 02/27/2012:

    Too late!

  6. wow, that fiber art is very unique, makes me want to walk up and pet it 🙂

  7. ModernSauce on 02/27/2012:

    The first one looks like Shaggy and Snuffleupagus had a baby and that baby lived on some kind of awesome hippie commune with his macrame muppet friends. I mean that as a compliment, of course.

  8. Heather on 02/27/2012:

    MY mom made all kinds of amazing macrame fiber pieces for our family home back in the 70s, and I’ve found myself wondering lately where they might have gotten off to. I have all the macrame-making books, and I did teach myself the knots and everything once upon a time, but that was before there were children and clients and a blog to write.

    LOVE these pieces. You totally pull it off.

  9. nickarmadillo on 02/27/2012:

    I’m just gonna leave this here…

  10. Sketch42 on 02/27/2012:

    that thing is fucking amazing. Great, now I want one.

  11. The first piece is so amazing. I love the layers, texture, and just…everything about it!

    Okay… So you know the TV show Friends? Well on the show, Phoebe used to make art that involved mannequins popping out of the frame…kind of disturbing but fun to look at as long as it wasnt in your house haha. That’s what the second fiber piece you have reminds me of haha. It’s disturbing, but still fun to look at haha

  12. Erin | Holtwood Hipster on 02/27/2012:

    I never thought I woulda… but that dining room piece sort of rocked my world this morning.

  13. erin@designcrisis on 02/27/2012:

    The scale makes that piece. Eva Hesse would be proud.

  14. Becky on 02/27/2012:

    Morgan Hair

  15. Suzy8track on 02/27/2012:

    Um…is it weird that that large fiber art in the dining room scares me a little?

  16. Tamoto on 02/27/2012:

    I’m so jealous it hurts. It hurts!

  17. love the second piece. LOVVVVVE.

  18. Kara K on 02/27/2012:

    Funny, when I saw the second photo in this post on Pinterest, I thought, ” This must be what the inside of Morgan’s brain looks like.” Now I see it’s your dining room.

    I could NOT eat with that thing in the same room. I could definitely (definitely) drink, but not eat.

  19. Jayme on 02/27/2012:

    WOW! So amazing! Love them!!
    What did you end up doing with that beautiful Cabinet that was in your dining room?? I loved how you had that displayed!!

  20. Jules on 02/27/2012:

    I love them, but more than anything I have to comment on the photography. The pictures in this post are all incredible, but that first one! Tack sharp, perfect exposure. I swear I can individually count (the many) threads in that hanging. If I shot 1/16 as well, I’d be thrilled.

  21. Keira on 02/27/2012:

    You crack me up! And they do look great!

  22. Susan B. on 02/27/2012:

    Eva Hesse would be tuning in her grave! It’s ugly.

  23. Susan B. on 02/27/2012:

    Eva Hese would be tuning in her grave if she read that comment!

  24. Pippa on 02/27/2012:

    It’s very hairy and slightly scary but who wouldn’t want a wookie on their wall…I think I like it 🙂

  25. Mikey on 02/28/2012:

    Brilliantly phallic!

  26. Jeni Sandberg on 02/28/2012:

    Fabulous! Did you clean these at all or just enjoy them in their dusty glory?

  27. Erika on 02/28/2012:

    Yours are gorgeous!

    I have a large piece in our bedroom over the mantel that you would appreciate!

  28. Erika on 02/28/2012:

    Do you get up to San Francisco? That one is from the Alameda Flea a bit ago. You would love it there- first Sunday of every month.

    Here is the info:

  29. Liz on 02/28/2012:

    That second piece kinda looks like it’s throwing up all over itself.

    Just sayin’.

    Still kinda like it though.

  30. Ahsan on 02/28/2012:

    They look like hung innards in various stages of decay.
    I hope you get over it soon and move on…

  31. Aprilxo on 02/28/2012:

    I love, love, love those! A great addition in my opinion. 🙂

  32. Jenny Cho on 02/28/2012:

    This is all kinds of wrong. Do you remember the 70s at all? The cleanliness issues alone with these things are enough to require a tetnus shot. Our next-door neighbor used to make similar pieces and would gift them to us on the holidays. There are certain things left in the past. Hopefully your fiber fever will break soon. Love your blog, though. The modernist stuff rocks… the 70s not so much.

  33. THE BRICK HOUSE on 02/28/2012:

    NOPE. I was born in the 80’s…so…

    Fiber forever! Viva 70’s! Yee Haw!

  34. Tracy on 02/28/2012:

    It looks like pubes. Not good.

  35. THE BRICK HOUSE on 02/28/2012:

    unless you like sexy sex, which I do.

  36. cathy on 02/28/2012:

    Being of a certain age, I remember the ’70s. We did a lot of macrame. Why is fiber art from the ’70s any scarier than decades-old Persian or kilim rugs that everyone seems to want to collect? At least the fiber art has been on a wall, not on the floor.
    I like the first one, especially the colors and different size knots. Not sure about the second one, though it looks like it was supposed to have an Asian aesthetic.
    Enjoy your space!

  37. modernhaus on 02/28/2012:

    Wow, it’s tough being in the vanguard of the fiber revival, huh? In two years they’ll be selling it at West Elm and then everyone will get it (and you will have moved on to something even more interesting!)

  38. nickarmadillo on 02/28/2012:

    Man, what’s with all of the fiber hate? I love this thing, even if it does look a bit like Chewbacca.

  39. Sarah on 02/28/2012:

    OMG I love this so much my heart hurts. Hurts. Like bad.

  40. Dusty Rael on 02/28/2012:

    Lets get that custom table going then!

  41. Dan @ Manhattan Nest on 02/29/2012:

    Morgan. MORGAN. You know this is why I love you, right?

    These pieces are amazing, but more than that, YOU are amazing for totally pulling them off. All the haters just be jealous because they know they could never rock fiber like you rock fiber. You make that jute look glam as fuck and nobody can stop you.

    FIBER. It keeps you regular.

  42. Mr. Modtomic on 02/29/2012:

    The second one…that’s pretty cool. But Chewbacca? No thanks.

  43. Charlotte on 02/29/2012:

    Adore the fiber wallhangings, especially the large scale one in the dining room! I just know one of these would look absolutely killer by our staircase (1960s German townhouse which has quite possibly sported one of these on a wall before in its funky past…)

  44. Florian on 02/29/2012:

    Absolutely mother-effing cool! Plus mildly disturbing. Did you have them dry-cleaned or something? I can not imagine myself touching something of that texture in some trashy Berlin flea market (there’s a reason for the name, you know), let alone buying it. They do look pretty stunning on your walls though. I think they would look even better with the chocking lady hung next to one of them, or maybe the captain oggling in his uniquely perverse way.

  45. K@ClaimingOurSpace on 02/29/2012:

    As a child of the 70’s I am drawn to fiber arts having made a number of macrame plant holders at camp but the one in the bedroom would freak me out in the middle of the night if I had to get up. Plus, I can see our dog chewing on the trailing fibers and it ending up on the ground. (Adore the photos though).

  46. Lune on 02/29/2012:

    I don’t know how anyone couldn’t be impressed with this! Honestly – I’m so friggin impressed and jellous right now – I can’t breath!

    I’ve had a lot of coffee this morning.

  47. jeannette on 02/29/2012:

    i have linked to you, with thanks.

  48. Becca on 02/29/2012:

    Amazing!! I love both pieces and am a huge fan of fiber arts so will be checking out your others posts. So inspiring!

  49. Lucy on 02/29/2012:

    FUCK ME. those are beyond amazing. hats off to you!

  50. Joy on 02/29/2012:

    Wow, all the haters came out for this one. I think these pieces look gorgeous in your home, and the photography in this post is fantastic.

  51. Mike on 03/01/2012:


    It’s like a kilim pillow smoked a bowl of hash and then had strange monkey sex with a Salvador Dali Lithograph.

    It’s like a Chuck Norris macrame round house kick to the balls.

  52. sarah on 03/05/2012:

    the longer I look at it, the more it reminds me of a lady muff.

  53. sarah on 03/05/2012:

    the first one I mean, the second I like,

  54. sarah on 03/05/2012:

    also it just looks like every curtain my mother ever bought got sick and barfed. which is not a bad thing.

  55. Lisa on 03/06/2012:

    I’m worried. Usually I hate new trends, and then when they are already passing I’m starting to think they look damn fine. So I’m guessing in about 6 months I’m going to be looking for this kind of stuff, although I think the market for macrame in Sweden looks quite different. Maybe there wasn’t quite as much drug use in combination with craft here in the 70:s?
    Even as I’m writing this I’m already warming to the muff one. Worried indeed. (As always you pull it off with bravour, no doubt about it.)

  56. Tiff on 03/06/2012:

    Much of what makes something look good is what it’s next to. That piece in your dining room sunlit on your crisp white walls, looming over your gorgeous table and perfect Eames chairs is so GOOD. Even your photography couldn’t save that same piece hung on knotty pine walls above an old brocade couch in a poorly lit room. I guess what I’m really saying is that your styling is so GOOD!

  57. Natalie (Fashion Intel) on 03/07/2012:

    I love it all. Way to stay focused and BAM, get what you want.

  58. Leah Creatura on 03/13/2012:

    In the late lamented Readymade magazine, there is a pictue of a wall unit made of galvanized pipe, which I also see on your site. What I cannot find are directions for making it. They no longer seem to exist on the magazine’s site. Please help! Would really like to create one for our living room, before my husband buys something spendy.

  59. Michael on 11/29/2012:
  60. Mary on 07/04/2013:

    Yes, a TMA piece fo’ sho. I worked for the studio in the late 70’s with my sister skeining yarn for the weavers. Eventually my sister became a weaver and I think we have 2 or 3 of the wall hangings in the family.

  61. mary on 09/03/2014:

    I have a similar wall hanging. Do you know who the artist is? I am thinking about selling mine, but have no idea of its value.

  62. Jennifer Edwards on 01/19/2015:

    I too worked for the studio dyeing the yarn and weaving the designs. My husband shipped the products. We worked for them for about 3 yrs. The designer was either Margo or Gail.

  63. thecatskillkiwi on 05/28/2015:

    lemme know if you are ready to deaccession any of those fiber-y goodies my fanaticism is full blown… trade ya my first born, left leg or both…

  64. thecatskillkiwi on 05/28/2015:

    Ps note to mary a few comments up… I’ll TAKE IT!

  65. staanley on 08/22/2015:

    Di any one make this item,,,,,,,,will be buying a house soon,,,,,,,,would love this part of my decor

  66. staanley on 08/22/2015:

    I want this item

  67. Figgy on 01/19/2017:

    Gah, the struggle of finding that perfect piece of fibre stuff to put on the wall (and stare at first thing in the morning).. not cool feeling this way and not having yet found one (seriously sucks!) so I’d like to ask you a little something, the big piece hanging in the beaut of a dining room, can we get a little scoop into its maker, where abouts or even a date it was made. I wouldn’t usually ask as eagerly (ok, I’m lying) until I had found this extremely similar piece over with @ericareitman! The structure and hues of fibre used are almost the same except the one with @ericareitman is twice as large in size comparison to this gorgeous thing! (And she happens to not know much about it at this point either) so a little thing or two would help the obsessed and depressed out there! Thanks a bunch xx

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