October 3, 2015

Beading Back in Time - The Final Chapter

It's that time again!  It's time for the fourth and final chapter of the Beading Back in Time blog hop series hosted by me and my friend, Lindsay Starr (the creative genius behind Phantasm Creations).  We started this project back in January and so far we have visited a time before humans, early humans and early civilization.  We've had a lot of fun with these themes and we've had some very creative folks join us for along the way.  

Changing styles

For our last blog hop in this series, we're focusing on a favorite historical period from 500 AD to present.  That leaves a lot of options open from medieval to hippie and renaissance to deco (and about a billion things in between).  And not only the wide open time frame, but any culture the creator wants to focus on.  Native American or Ming Dynasty?  It will be very interesting to see what everyone chooses.

More changing styles.

  So MANY options!  Most of us involved have been jewelry makers, but our hop isn't limited to jewelry.  I have no idea how I'm going to choose.  Stay tuned!

September 28, 2015

Skull Skills and Too Little Time!

Micro macrame bracelets by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

I swear something has gone wrong with the part of the universe that controls time; days and weeks and months are just whizzing past!  I have been busy making some pieces influenced by the season (and the fact that TierraCast put out some new Skully buttons).  I had been working in an orange and blue color palette, so I messed around with a skull in those colors:

Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey with Skully focal.

I'm always partial to the khaki colors with copper, too, so that led to this variation (and the rest in that first photo):

Micro macrame bracelet with scary skull.

In the middle of the micro macrame jewelry making frenzy, I got sidetracked by this:


Because he has Grandma wrapped around his tiny little finger.  Seriously, is there anything better than being a grandparent?  

Other than that, I've been slowly working on setting up a shop at Amazon.  It isn't live yet (thank goodness), but I'm hoping to have it ready to go when Handmade at Amazon goes live.  Too much to do and too little time!

Carter and his pumpkin.

September 17, 2015

Micro Macrame in Blue and Orange

Micro macrame bracelets by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

Okay, so it's not just micro macrame jewelry done in blue and orange (sorry, Broncos fans), there's a lot more going on than that.  There's a couple shades of blue and two or three shades of orange with some copper thrown in, and a bit of bluish green...  All knotted together in an intricate pattern.  Sprinkle in a few seed beads and a copper leaf or two and poof - magic!

And to think it all started with this pile of beads and cord I pulled to do a custom order bracelet (more on that here)!

Who would think that unimposing pile of nylon cord and glass seed beads could be such a wealth of inspiration?  Okay, so maybe I get a wee bit obsessed.  One thing leads to another...  

Micro macrame bracelets in blue and orange by Sherri Stokey.

The bottom one there came first - a nice combination of all the colors.  But then I wondered what would happen if I bumped up the orange, so the top one happened.  Then I wondered what it would look like if I added even more orange, and I got this:

Micro macrame bracelet in orange and blue by Sherri Stokey.

Did you notice that I'm also experimenting with my photos?  I'm toying with the idea of opening a shop for my micro macrame jewelry on Handmade at Amazon and they have some specific requirements for product photos.  They want neutral backgrounds, preferably light, no props and no watermarks.  I have to admit, the no watermarks rule gives me a little heartburn.  As an artist, oh!  Did you see what I did there?  I'm practicing calling myself that.  (If you're wondering what that's all about, maybe you missed this post.)  

Anyway, as I was saying, as an artist, there's nothing more disheartening than having your work stolen, whether it's someone copying your ideas, distributing your tutorials or stealing your photographs to use on their sites.  I put a lot of time and effort into my work; I really do.  I have spent years perfecting my knots and developing my style.  I've spent countless hours trying color combinations and experimenting with different cords and beads.  I've researched jewelry photography and learned how to use my camera, and that's after investing a lot of my hard earned money to buy the camera in the first place.  I put me into my work, so when someone takes any part of my art for their own use without my permission, it feels almost like an assault on me.  It's personal.  

Where was I?  Oh, yeah... so if I decide to open an shop at Handmade at Amazon, I will need to retake all of my macrame jewelry photos.  *sigh*  And not only reshoot them, but restyle them.  So lately when I am taking pics to share with all of you, I'm trying out some different things.  I had a background custom printed that goes from white to gray with a gradual gradient starting midway.  I really thought I loved it, but now I'm questioning the dark shadows at the rear of the photos.  But the stark white just seems so... stark :)

Micro macrame bracelet in orange and blue with copper leaf.

Here's one of the photos I did with a plain white background:

Autumn leaf necklace by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

That one I quite like with the stark white.  This one, not so much:

Drunkard's Path micro macrame bracelet from Knot Just Macrame.

It's hard to keep the white from getting a dingy gray cast.  Anywho...  between experimenting with the color palette (which I like) and experimenting with product photography (which I don't like), I'm keeping busy! 

September 10, 2015

Fall is in the Air and in the Macrame!

Blue, green and copper color palette in beads and cord.

With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, it's becoming glaringly apparent that Fall is upon us.  I have a love/hate relationship with Autumn, only because it signals the end to my beloved Summer and the transition into the Dreaded Winter.  For me, the phase "winter is coming" has brought a sense of impending doom much longer than the Game of Thrones business has been around.

It really isn't Autumn's fault, though, so I try to enjoy it as much as I can.   I do like the cooler nights when I can sleep with my windows open and I like apples and pumpkins and all those fall-ish things.

Micro macrame bracelet with Earth button focal.

Lately I've been playing around with a autumnal color palette of blue, green and copper.  A customer requested this bracelet with a TierraCast button, and I think it turned out very well.

Copper button focal in micro macrame by Sherri Stokey.

She loved the bracelet, but I wasn't ready to let go of the palette yet.  Or the orange.  For some reason, these colors together make me feel warm and fuzzy.

Autumn Plaid aka Scot micro macrame bracelet by Knot Just Macrame.

This bracelet reminds me of a plaid blanket, the kind you snuggle into in the stands during an evening football game when there's a nip in the air.  A friend said it reminds her of a kilt - on a sexy Scot.  I'll let you decide!  Either way, I guess it gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling :)

Micro macrame bracelets knotted by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

August 31, 2015

Winners! And a Sale!

Festive bullie.

Actually, I tried to find a photo of a robin in a party hat because Robins seem to be lucky today!  The winner of eight of my micro macrame tutorials is Robin B. and Robin P. is the winner of the Drunkard's Path micro macrame bracelet!

 Drunkard's Path micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

I also promised to give away a copy of my peacock bracelet tutorial and the winner is... Sue!  (Bet you thought it was going to be Robin, didn't you?)  I've emailed the Robins and replied to Sue's comment - I'll need to know where to send the prizes!

Meanwhile, for the rest of you... how about a sale?  Use coupon code "TENOFF" in my Etsy shop for 10% off anything and everything.  I don't do sales very often, so if you've had your eye on something, now is your chance.  The fine pint:  code expires 9/8/15 and is not valid on previous purchases or custom orders.  Hope you find something you can't live without!

August 27, 2015

Micro Macrame Giveaways! Have you Entered?

Just in case you missed it, you still have time to throw your name in the hat(s) for the giveaways I have underway!  The first one is for the micro macrame bracelet shown above.  It's my new Drunkard's Path pattern done up in dark gold cord with beads of turquoise and gold.  Great colors for fall that will carry you through into winter.  Heck, these are my summer colors, too!  If you'd like a chance to win this bracelet, enter here: 

For those of you who've been testing the waters and doing some knotting on your own, I have another giveaway I hope you might like.  It includes all eight of my downloadable tutorials, including instructions for six different bracelets (yes, I'm a bracelet kind of girl), earrings and (insert drum roll here) a macrame owl pendant!  Yes, I went there.  Every macrame should have an owl behind it.  

Anyway, one lucky person is going to win all eight of these, so if you'd like that person to be you, you will want to enter here:
   If you've already entered both of those, not to fear.  As I'm writing this, I'm feeling sorry for anyone who got their hopes all up for a new giveaway only to discover the ongoing ones... so I'm doing one more giveaway.  I'm such a pushover.  We'll call this one a consolation prize :)

My latest tutorial on Etsy is for this beaded micro macrame bracelet.  I called it Peacock because it reminds me of the eyes on peacock feathers, but if you switch the colors up, you can get a whole different vibe:

If you've stuck with me this far and you want a chance to win this tutorial, just leave a comment below.  I'll pick a winner on August 31, 2015 when I choose winners for the other two giveaways.  Good luck & happy knotting!!

August 21, 2015

The World's First KnotAlong: A Free Micro Macrame Tutorial

Micro macrame pendant from Knot Just Macrame.

Today's the day, folks!  A couple of weeks ago, I promised I would teach you how to do micro macrame and I'm here to do just that.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, you obviously missed this post, but it's okay!  You can still join in whenever you are ready.  If you did catch that post, you should have the supplies and materials all ready to go for this project.

Here's how it works.  I've prepared a video lesson to walk you through the steps required to make the pendant shown above.  In the process of making this pendant, you'll be learning how to make larks head knots, square knots, overhand knots and double half hitches.  You'll also be learning some micro macrame basics, the terminology and some tips and tricks I've picked up after eight years of knotting.  

Since we can't all physically be in the same room to do this, I've set up a virtual room where we can meet up:  KnotAlong Event.  That's where you will be able to post photos of your work, ask questions if you get stuck and just generally commune with other people learning macrame.  

 Are you excited?  (I am!  I can't believe I'm going to try to teach macrame to a whole bunch of people all at once!)  Let's do this (oh, and don't forget you can make the video full screen if you want)!

If you're having fun with this project, do me a favor and share it with your DIY friends.  You can help me in my quest to bring macrame back!  And if you're really having fun, you can find more tutorials (.pdf format available for instant download) in my Etsy shop and more classes (which include videos) at CraftArtEdu.

I bet you thought I forgot the giveaway I promised?  Since we're all about learning micro macrame here, I'm giving away a complete set of the tutorials I have listed in my Etsy shop to one lucky person.

  Micro macrame tutorials from Knot Just Macrame.

Enter through the widget below.  I'll be choosing a winner on August 31, 2015.  Good luck & happy knotting!!

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PS.  Want a chance to win another prize?  How about a micro macrame bracelet?  The sign up for it is at Love My Art Jewelry and you can enter BOTH drawings!