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.

April 27, 2016

Beachy Macrame Jewelry - Part II

Last week I showed you this beachy pile of beads and cord I've been working with, building a Starfish Collection in micro macrame (the post is here, if you missed it):

I recently received an order from Bello Modo (one of my favorite online bead stores) with some pretty new beads called Fiesta and thought they might be a nice addition to these colors.

The pinkish color looked really pretty outlining the flower shapes and for some extra punch, I filled in the diamond shapes with shimmery blue beads.  I also made some macrame earrings to match the bracelet and added starfish dangles.

The earrings were so cute, I had to make a pair in tan and turquoise, too.

The weather here has been cold and rainy and miserable, so working with these colors keeps me dreaming of sun and sandy beaches!  I'm thinking I might have to make a necklace next.  What do you think?  

If you'd like to try your hand at making micro macrame jewelry pieces like these, you'll find the bracelet pattern in the Hydrangeas Micro Macrame Bracelet Tutorial in my Etsy shop.  Both the earrings and bracelet are covered in the Hydrangeas Micro Macrame Bracelet and Earrings Class on if you prefer that format.  

Happy knotting!!

April 22, 2016

BEACH in Micro Macrame

Beach color palette in cord and beads.

You might remember this pile of beads and cord I pulled a few days ago (if not, there's another post here with some other bracelets I made from it), in one of my favorite colors schemes:  beach.  It has some pretty turquoise colors all the way through teal with a few bluish greens and greenish blues thrown in, as well as ecru, tan, brown and bronze.  A few howlite critters (fish and starfish) add to the fun.  

Micro macrame with beads by Sherri Stokey.

I decided I'd start a Starfish collection in these colors, adding a little starfish charm to the end of the extender chains on each of the micro macrame bracelets.  For first one, I used in two colors of turquoise cord with some ecru, and beads in brown and turquoise.  The beads on the edges have a pretty shimmery finish and really draw attention to the floral outline of the pattern (it's my Hydrangeas Pattern, if you want to try it for yourself).  I really like the summery feel of this one.

Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

Even the back of it is pretty.

Micro macrame bracelet with starfish charm by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

For the next bracelet, I wanted to tone down the palette.  I wanted really soft, understated colors so I used all tan cord with brown and turquoise beads.

Hydrangeas pattern micro macrame bracelet in tan and turquoise.

I think it turned out really pretty.

Micro macrame bracelet in tan and turquoise with starfish charm.

And of course, there's still the little starfish on the extender chain.

Beaded macrame bracelet.

I have a third macrame bracelet started in these colors, but I added in a new color (I know, shame on me - it's not in the palette!).  It's a new Toho hybrid bead (Toho beads with Czech finishes) in Fiesta.  That just sounds pretty, doesn't it!  I'll be sure to show you a photo when I've finished the piece, but for now, I'll leave you with these two.

Starfish collection micro macrame bracelets from Knot Just Macrame.

Have a great weekend!

April 14, 2016

Inspired by David Bowie - a Blog Hop Reveal

Macrame necklace with ceramic pendant and tassel.

Today is the David Bowie tribute Blog Hop being brought to you by Love My Art Jewelry and I wanted to participate, but I really struggled with this one.  The intention of the hop was to honor his memory, his boldness and his art.  I tried really hard.  I studied the lyrics to his songs and pored over hundreds of photos of him online.  I looked for a connection between the music he created and the pieces I create, and you know what I found?  Nothing.  His style is not my style.  I cannot recreate "him".  

Macrame necklace with ceramic pendant and tassel by Sherri Stokey.

And that's when it hit me!  The inspiration I found from the life and work of David Bowie was to be me, and not try to be anyone other than myself.  He was not afraid to be different from everyone else; he had his own look, his own style.

Ceramic lotus pendant by Gaea on a macrame cord.

So for today's hop, I made a piece I feel very much reflects me and my style.  I chose a handmade ceramic lotus pendant from Gaea in a soft turquoise color.  It's such a pretty piece and so serene.  I knotted a spiral macrame cord in tan from which to hang the pendant, then added a tassel I made of the same cord.  I added a little color on the wrap of the tassel and threw in some handmade jump rings to give the necklace a little detail.  This piece is everything I love and it makes me smile just to look at it.

Necklace by Sherri Stokey featuring macrame strap, artisan pendant and tassel.

I hope you will take the time to visit the other blog hop participants.  I can't wait to see what everyone else made!  You can find the links here on the Love My Art Jewelry blog.

April 12, 2016

A Hard Reset

Micro macrame bracelets by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

Last week was tough.  I get depressed from time to time; I've struggled with it for years.  My "brand" of depression isn't the kind where I think of hurting myself or anything, it's more like I just don't like myself.  When I get this way, there's nothing I can do to convince myself that I'm not a bad person or that my "art" doesn't suck.  When one of "those" customers comes along at a time when I'm in one of these funks, it's a recipe for disaster and that's what happened last week.

All I wanted to do was pull the covers up over my head, shut out the world and sleep.  Avoidance is the best remedy, right?  Instead I opened every message from this customer pointing out my flaws and took them to heart.  Obsessed over them.  Questioned myself.  Couldn't sleep.  Couldn't create.

Turquoise, teal and ecru color palette with beads and cord.

Thankfully I have a small group of people to whom I can whine and complain and the remarkable thing is that they understand.  They don't think I'm crazy (even when I do) and they don't make me feel worse for having given in to the whining and complaining.  They listen and commiserate and offer advice from having been there themselves.  The best advice I got was this:  every time you get one of those negative messages, just say "thank you" (in your head) for the reminder of how you never want to be and how you never want to make someone else feel.  

Teal micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey.

They also told me to take some time for myself and create just for the joy of creating.  I usually find inspiration in my beads and cord, so I pulled a soothing palette with some beautiful turquoise and teal colors with ecru and bronze and spent a few days not worrying about my upcoming classes or the tutorial I need to write.

Turquoise micro macrame bracelet by Knot Just Macrame.

Things are feeling better now.  I'm feeling my creativity return and I'm getting excited for the class I'm teaching this weekend.  And I have a new policy:  I'm no longer going to respond to negative messages.  I'm giving myself permission to ignore them and move on and I hope that doesn't make me a bad person.

Beaded macrame.

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