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Mae Monsees

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Mae Monsees


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Handmade rope vessels made in Maine!

My dad calls me Mae, but most people call me Maegan. Above all else, is Christ. I'm married to my hero and together we have two incredible, beautiful little boys. They sure know how to keep me busy, and I am so grateful to be a stay at home mom. I'm a big foodie at heart. I love everything about it - from the dirt where it came to the pan where it's cooked. I've always been a crafter, from knitting to painting to needle felting, and many things in between. One day I went into my local hardware store and bought a hank of cotton clothesline rope. I sewed my first little bowl and that was it! This shop was born in the dining room of a little cape in Waldoboro, ME back in 2019 and I've been growing ever since. Being a NY native, I'm proud to call Maine my home. The beauty and opportunity for a slower, simpler way of life here is like none other; I want the items I create to represent just that.

I make hand-coiled cotton rope products that are made with 100% cotton thread. Each piece is finished off with a cork tag. The cotton rope I use is unbleached and made in the USA. There are countless hours behind each and every design. Each piece is unique and usually made with a toddler in my lap or a baby strapped to my chest. They are durable, hand-washable, and can be used in any aspect of your life. I also hand dye the rope in small batches using a fiber reactive dye. I'm a one-woman show, so I also take care of social media, photography, graphic designs, and inquiries. I love it all! Mae in Maine is proudly a member of Maine Made and Maine Crafts Association.
THANK YOU for allowing a little piece of Maine into your home.

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  • Mae Monsees


    I'm a New York native who relocated to Maine in search of a simpler life. I have a wonderful husband and two little boys. I love being outside in the garden. I'm a foodie at heart and I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen when I'm not crafting.

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Last updated on Aug 23, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Do you take custom orders?

I am currently transitioning from making items to order to selling what I have in stock. I will be taking a limited number of custom orders each month. Please message me to find out when you can place an order!

How do I care for my item?

Your rope vessel can easily form back into its shape with your hands, but using an iron on your cotton setting with steam will help it go back to shape quickly if necessary. To clean, spot clean with gentle soap and air dry. I've also had luck with using a Tide To Go pen!

Do you take wholesale orders?

I am always looking to add more stockists! Please message me to receive a current copy of my wholesale pricing list. I am not accepting any consignment based agreements.

What materials do you use?

All materials are sourced from the USA, except for a few cork pieces (i.e. straps, fabric) that are purchased from Portugal. They harvest cork sustainably and I love the quality. The cotton rope is unbleached, and I use 100% cotton thread. The hemp rope is raw and organic, and also sustainably made.

How long will it take to receive my order?

My current turnaround time is 1-2 weeks, not including shipping. If you need your item sooner, I can accommodate you with a rush order fee of 30% of the listing price + expedited shipping. This allows me to put your order ahead of the production queue.

What kind of machine do you use?

I use an industrial zigzag machine, Reliable 2300SZ

What do you use to dye the rope?

I primarily use a fiber reactive dye purchased from Dharma Trading Co. It allows for strong, consistent, permanent colors. It is also safe for chemically sensitive people. I've also started botanically dyeing the rope, and I hope to offer one of a kind pieces in the near future.