January 9, 2017

Random Ramblings

Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

The weather here has been both snowy and ridiculously cold the past week, so I've spent a lot of time indoors messing about with my macrame.  I tried a slight variation on the Gothic Tracery Micro Macrame Bracelet design.  Here's the original as a reminder:

Gothic Tracery Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

And here's the same bracelet with a slight variation:

Micro macrame bracelet design variation in khaki.

Isn't that fun?  I love the look of the second one on the wrist.  The variation adds a lot of interest.  

After that I went back to a simpler design:

Beaded macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey.

I threw in some coconut heishi beads (the blue ones) for some fun texture.  Of course, that led to some other experimentation.  I didn't have any other coconut heishi beads small enough, so I had to go back to the glass seed beads, but I tried a light turquoise color in the mix instead of the blue (the one on the bottom in the next photo).

Beaded micro macrame bracelets from Knot Just Macrame.

And finally, I subbed out some other matte iris colors like a strange purple/olive green mix and some green/blue oddballs and came up with the top piece in that last photo.  I think it's my new favorite combination!  One more time:

Beaded micro macrame bracelet from Knot Just Macrame by Sherri Stokey.

Maybe I should have titled this post "And That's Why Nothing Else Got Done Around Here."  Stay warm!

January 4, 2017

Quick! (Enabler Alert)


Just a quick post today to share CraftArtEdu's latest sale.  You won't want to miss this one:  40% off all of their classes.  Yes, you read that right - 40% off all of the online classes at CraftArtEdu and you can get one or 100 at that price.  They have a great selection of classes covering all kinds of media, including micro macrame classes like the Falling Leaves Micro Macrame Bracelet in the photo above or this Ripples in Micro Macrame Bracelet:


There are lots to choose from, but you'll need to hurry.  This deal is only good through Friday (details here).  If you're anything like me, this time of winter is long and cold and I'm up for any kind of project to alleviate the boredom.  This is a great chance to try something fun!  Happy shopping!


December 29, 2016

A Brand New Micro Macrame Tutorial AND a Sale!


I am so excited to be rolling out a new micro macrame tutorial for you!  It's a new design that came to me one night as I was laying there un-sleeping (one my least favorite hobbies).  It's a grouping of four elliptical shapes (or horse eye or marquis shapes if you prefer) set inside diamonds outlined by parallel lines.  If you look carefully, two of the shapes meet to form an infinity link.  


When I was searching for a name for this one, someone (thanks, Linda!!) suggested the design resembled the intricate patterns found in Gothic windows.  Then someone else (thanks, Alison!) pointed out that Gothic tracery is the term for the stonework within the window arch.  I think "Gothic Tracery" is a perfectly lovely name for this pattern and so it shall be.  

Allow me to introduce my newest micro macrame tutorial:  Gothic Tracery!


This pattern uses mostly double half hitch knots with just a handful of larks heads.  The knots themselves aren't hard, but you have to keep track of which cords you're supposed to be working with as they're heading off in all directions, so I've rated this one as best for intermediate knotters.  I wouldn't recommend this for your first micro macrame project but once you've mastered the double half hitch, I'd say "go for it!".  


To make the news (of a new tutorial, silly!) a little sweeter, this tut and all the others in my Etsy shop are 30% off (no code needed) through 1/1/17.


Oh, and if you don't think you're ready for an intermediate project yet, there are plenty of others from which to choose!  You'll find them all here.  Happy knotting!

December 27, 2016

Micro Macrame Tutorial Sale


It has been a long time since I've had a sale, so for the next few days, all micro macrame tutorials in my shop are 30% off!  Yep - every one of them.  Learn how to make a braided macrame bracelet like this:


Or a beaded macrame bracelet like these"



Or a macrame owl pendant or earrings!  They're all on sale at 30% off through January 1, 2017.  (No code needed.)  You'll find them all right here in my Etsy shop.  Have fun!

December 9, 2016

'Tis the Season


There's nothing cozier than a room lit only by the soft warm glow of the lights on a Christmas tree. Things get so hectic this time of year that I have to remind myself every now and again to relax and enjoy the little things:  the smell of spiced apple cider and pine boughs, the crunch of snow underfoot (or better yet, snow outside the window while I'm toasty warm inside!), or the look of concentration on a child's face while helping make Christmas cookies.  

I used a pale green and the softest buttery yellow, then threw in a pop of coral and I'm surprised at the the vintage feel the colors give this macrame bracelet.  The pattern is my Falling Leaves Micro Macrame Bracelet and the class is here if you want to try one for yourself.  (If you prefer, this piece is available in my Etsy shop here.)  It's always fun to see the outcome of whatever new color combination occurs to me and I love the feelings of nostalgia this one evokes.  It makes me feel all warm and mushy inside.  

Holiday hugs!

November 29, 2016

Twin Dragons and More


Brrrrrr!  It's been so long since I've posted our weather has changed!  We had been having a pretty mild autumn with temperatures still getting into the 70's regularly but today it's windy and cold.  I am not impressed.  The cold weather does make it feel more like the time of year to be thinking about the holidays, so I guess that's appropriate at least.

I may not have been posting, but I haven't been idle.  Several new dragon bracelets have hit my Etsy shop including some with a new twin dragon button and a few (like the ecru colored one above) are still available.  They're unique, original and pretty if you're looking for something special for the dragon lover or Game of Thrones fan in your life.


The beads I used are the same in all the versions and they're some of my favorites:  neutral with hints of color so they're not boring.  While I had them out, I used them in another micro macrame bracelet pattern, too.


In between the macrame sessions, I've managed to babysit a sick toddler, spatchcock a turkey and make a full Thanksgiving dinner with dressing that would have made my Gramma Betty proud.  I also decorated three Christmas trees, wrapped 24 presents for my daughter (my version of an advent calendar for her) and make several arrangements with live greenery and fresh flowers.  And that's my excuse for not posting sooner.  I'll do better, I promise.  Meanwhile, I'll leave you with something pretty - this is one of my trees:



November 15, 2016

Healing

Micro macrame bracelets by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

Last week was tough for me on so many levels, but it's getting better.  I'm looking for the beauty in things instead of focusing on the negatives and for me, it's the only way to heal.  I've been limiting the time I spend on social media (boy is it ugly there lately) and have been working in a color palette inspired by my beloved Doxie, Sweetheart:

Sweetheart the Doxie color palette.

It's still strange not having her at my side.  I still find myself glancing at the front door to see if she needs in or out and pausing when I put my footrest down so I don't hit her with it.  The other day I had to sweep the floor when I finished cooking and that made me cry; we used to laugh that we didn't need a broom as long as we had her around.  But I'm also remembering all the good times - her manic laps from one end of the house to the other when she was really excited (we called them zoomers) and her love of grapefruit (go figure!).

I turned to micro macrame because the movements are comforting for me after so many hours spent knotting (usually with her laying right beside me).  The colors make for really striking bracelets with great contrast between the black and white and golden brown.

Micro macrame bracelets in Sweetheart color palette.

I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to better days.  Hugs to all.

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