June 28, 2016

One Thing Leads to Another: Part 2

Micro macrame bracelets by Sherri Stokey.

In last week's post, I showed you an example of one thing leading to another with a purple and green micro macrame bracelet duo:

Purple and green beaded macrame.

Those pieces led to switching out the purple for aqua, which resulted in this pretty pair:

Lime and aqua micro macrame with beads.

I started off with one done in mostly aqua cord with a zigzag band of lime green:

Lime and aqua micro macrame bracelet from Knot Just Macrame.

Then I switched out the cord color placement (and tweaked a few bead colors) and got this one!

Lime and aqua micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

These bracelets scream "SUMMER" to me with:  bright and colorful!

June 22, 2016

One Thing Leads To Another

Micro macrame bracelets in lime and amethyst by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

You are probably on to me by now, with my "one thing leads to another" strategy.  I don't really set out to do it, but as I'm knotting one bracelet, I'm usually wondering what it would look like if I reverse the colors or add another color of cord or a pop of something in the beads...  This time I started with this:

Beaded macrame bracelet in purple and green.

Beaded micro macrame bracelet in purple and green.

Then I switched the position of the cord colors and got this:

Beaded micro macrame bracelet in green and purple.

Beaded macrame bracelet in green and purple.

ZigZag macrame bracelet.

I can't decide which one I like better.  Do you have a favorite?

Micro macrame bracelets in lime and amethyst by Sherri Stokey.

Micro macrame bracelets in lime and amethyst by Knot Just Macrame.

June 10, 2016

Starfish Color Palette Challenge Reminder

This is just a quick reminder that there are only a few days left to finish your piece for the Starfish Color Palette Challenge.  Photos of finished pieces need to be in by June 15th in order to be included in the blog reveal post.  You can find all the details over on the Love My Art Jewelry blog.  

I hope you'll play along - there's still time!

June 1, 2016

Yet More Beachy Macrame Jewelry!

Beachy macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

With Memorial Day behind us, it finally feels like summer is official and the Starfish Collection color palette I've been working with seems even more appropriate.  Turquoise blues mixed with sandy tans and ecru just scream beach and summer and when you throw in macrame knotting, it's a match made in heaven.

Beachy macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey.

As usual, before I've even finished knotting one macrame bracelet I'm struck with an idea for another.  Usually it's some variation or mutation of the one I'm working on.  This time I started with the Woven Diamonds micro macrame bracelet in the first photo (pattern is offered as an online class on CraftArtEdu, if you want to make your own).  While I was making that one, I was thinking how pretty the bead mix was and how nice it would look in my Drunkards Path pattern (also an online micro macrame class at CraftArtEdu).

Beaded macrame in beach colors.

As I was working with the bead mix, I thought it would be fun to arrange them in arcs of color, so that led to another bracelet.

 Beaded macrame bracelet in beach colors.

Me being me, I couldn't leave well enough alone.  I had to see what it would look like with all stripey sections.

Beaded macrame bracelet in beach colors from Knot Just Macrame.

I liked the stripes up so that they undulate through the length of the bracelet.

Beaded macrame bracelet with undulating stripes from Knot Just Macrame.

And of course I added a little starfish on the end.

Closure of macrame bracelet with starfish charm.

I have a completely different project in the back of my mind that I've been wanting to try for years - barefoot sandals.  I'll never get there if I keep getting distracted by other bracelets that need to be made, but I'm still mulling over the idea.  Meanwhile, this:

Assortment of macrame bracelets in sand and surf colors.

May 24, 2016

Beachy Beige Macrame Jewelry

Beachy macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey.

Yes, I'm still playing with the Starfish Collection and I'm showing no signs of running out of inspiration.  I've been concentrating more on the neutrals lately, Beachy Beige!  The neutral colors seem to make the knot work of the macrame stand out a bit more, playing up the texture and pattern.  Tiny pops of color add a little "something".

Beachy macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

Micro macrame bracelet with starfish by Sherri Stokey.

I am having so much fun with this palette that I think everyone should join me, so I'm hosting a little challenge over at the Love My Art Jewelry blog.  It's pretty simple:  make something handmade inspired by this photo:

Starfish color palette.

You'll find all of the details in this post:  Starfish Color Palette Challenge.  I hope you'll join me!

Beachy beige micro macrame bracelets from Knot Just Macrame.

May 19, 2016

More Beachy Macrame Jewelry

Micro macrame bracelet in neutral tans by Sherri Stokey.

The starfish palette I've been playing with for weeks now still has me enthralled.  Now it's become a challenge to see how many different pieces I can create working from it.  

Color palette in cord and beads.

This week I've been concentrating on the neutrals.  It's amazing how much more the texture and subtle patterns show up when your eye isn't drawn by bright colors

Micro macrame in neutrals from Knot Just Macrame.

It's also fun to see how the teal colored patina starfish grabs the eye when it's set against a backdrop of neutrals.

Starfish macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

Patina starfish macrame bracelet in neutrals.

That little experiment led to another - what if I added just a tiny bit of color in the beads...

Neutral micro macrame bracelet with pops of color.

If I'm counting right, I think I may be up to sixteen pieces inspired by the Starfish palette so far, and I'm still going strong!!

May 10, 2016

Starfish Collection Macrame Jewelry

I really need to get a beach fix!  I do love this time of year in Nebraska when all the hills are greening up and the trees are filling out, but it's still not warm enough to suit me yet.  I'm dreaming of this:

I pulled beads and cord a month ago and turns out that must have been what was in my head!  Look:

This palette has inspired a bunch of new pieces (you can see them here and here and here if you missed them) like these:

I played a bit with the starfish theme and sprinkled them down the center of a cuff (made from my Marquise design, online class available here):

Then I decided I needed to try these colors out in the Leaves pattern, which was a lot of fun.

That led to the Falling Leaves thing (leaves, leaves....), and it turns out if you use turquoise and tan you get a very summery version of the bracelet, especially with a starfish bead attached!

The whole time I was making these macrame bracelets, I was trying to come up with an idea for a necklace in this color palette.  

I started playing around with a brass ring, adding chevrons of color.  I intended to hang one of the howlite starfish beads to the ring as the pendant, but it just didn't have enough impact.  I went back to the pile of beads I'd originally pulled and it turns out the answer had been right there all along!

The starfish pendant is from Summer Wind Art and I can't believe how perfectly it goes with the rest of the necklace.  My subconscious must have been working overtime on this one.

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