You know how much I love to play around with variations on a theme, whether it's changing a cord color, changing out beads, or modifying a pattern. I just finished up this pretty bracelet in soft seaside colors and it's just a slight variation of my Leaves Micro Macrame Bracelet pattern.
I started out trying every possible color in a solid colorway in this pattern and then I needed more. I always feel like I need to take it just a little bit further and I'm fascinated with multiple cord colors. I never know exactly where the colors will end up until I've tested it out, so it's like opening a little gift every time. For this new bracelet, I twisted together two different colors of cord and hid that in the center row of beads to get a different color on each end of the piece. Clever, huh? I also switched up the rows of beads in the center of the bracelet.
I've experimented with shading and ombre:
I tried a duplex color mix on opposite sides of the bracelet instead of opposite ends:
You are really only limited by your imagination, even if you're working with the same basic pattern. Ms. Nadja Shields of Imbali Crafts has the same fascination with variations. She recently worked with my Hydrangeas pattern and did a little tweaking of her own. She changed up the closure with a loop and button and also added another row of knotting between the sections:
Isn't that lovely? She had such fun with it, she is sponsoring a little competition. The challenge is to take the Hydrangeas pattern and add your own twist. You could add beads where there aren't any or add knots instead of beads. Maybe you could add a tie closure a sliding one. Whatever variation you can dream up. When you've finished it up, head over to this page to enter your creation. You have until July 20, 2015, when she will be announcing the winner. And the best part? You can win any four of Nadja's micro macrame tutorials - you get to choose!
Are you still here? I thought you'd be busy working on your entry by now! :)