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March 2, 2015

So You Want to Learn Micro Macrame?

Micro macrame hydrangeas bracelet tutorial by Knot Just Macrame

Have you wanted to try making micro macrame jewelry yourself, but were afraid you would end up with something that looks like this:

Unsuccessful micro macrame knotting.

Not to worry, I'm here to help (and that's not "help" like "I'm from the government, I'm here to help."  I have  tutorials and classes to teach you how to knot beautiful jewelry pieces.  Really!  The tutorials available for instant download in my Etsy shop include step by step instruction and lots of clear, close up photos like these:

Sample photo from Leaves Micro Macrame Bracelet tutorial by Sherri Stokey.

Sample photo from Hydrangeas Micro Macrame Bracelet tutorial by Sherri Stokey.

The Micro Macrame Braids Bracelet  is probably the easiest tutorial I offer.  I use square knots (you might remember those from summer camp!) for a fun and easy project.  The only part that some people find challenging is the ending - larks head knots around a split ring.  And just in case you should have any problem with that, I did a post here on my blog  with videos - I really want you to succeed!  

Micro macrame Braids bracelet tutorial.

Once you've learned the closure bit, and you're ready for the next challenge, you have several from which to choose:  the Leaves and Hydrangea  bracelets introduce the use of the DHH (double half hitch knot) used extensively in my patterns.  Again, if you're stumped you can refer to this post where I've included videos on making double half hitch knots both from right to left and from left to right!  A little more challenging, my Curves Bracelet tutorial uses only DHH knots again, but this time you have to do a little fancy footwork.  Nothing too difficult, but it will require a little more of your attention.

Leaves and Curves micro macrame bracelet tutorials at www.knotjustmacrame.etsy.com

Then, just because it's macrame and there's nothing that says macrame more than an owl, I have a tutorial for a Micro Macrame Owl Pendant. This one uses an assortment of knots and a little picking up and dropping of cords to make this cute pendant.  You learn a little something and you get a cute owl at the end: win-win!

Micro Macrame Owl Pendant tutorial at www.knotjustmacrame.etsy.com

Are you still on the fence about another DIY project?  Having flashbacks of your attempt at hanging wallpaper or installing tile in the shower (they make it look SO easy on TV)?  Relax!  Here's what folks on Etsy are saying about my tutorials:
"I recently purchased several tutorials and a kit from KnotJustMacrame and I have to say I am delighted! Never have I seen such clear instructions along with incredibly clear close-up photos. Just wonderful! I am excited to have completed a lovely bracelet the first time through! Thank you so much!"
 "Exactly as great as described. I also ordered the tutorial and it's very thorough and easy to follow. Highly recommend!"
"I love this bracelet. Very easy to follow directions. Well written with lots of photos! Very happy with my purchase!"
"This was my first attempt at micro macramé and I was pretty pleased with my efforts - excellent tutorial, thank you."
Micro Macrame with Sherri Stokey at CraftArtEdu

I also have quite a few classes available at CraftArtEdu.com if you prefer the a more classroom style learning environment.  I can't come to your home and teach you, but this really is the next best thing.  CraftArtEdu's platform allows me to integrate narration and video into my classes along with the same great still photographs and step by step instruction.  You won't be disappointed.  These classes go hand in hand with the tutorials I offer on Etsy and the skill levels are marked so you know exactly what to expect from your class. 

Are you still here?  What are you waiting for?  Go!  Learn!!  Have FUN!


February 20, 2015

The Blue Version

Argus micro macrame cuff in blue by Sherri Stokey

The "eyes" in my new Argus cuff design got me thinking about Egyptian themes.  Then again, since I'm a huge fan of all things ancient Egyptian, everything gets me thinking along that track, but I digress...

Argus micro macrame cuff in blue by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

I had the thought of playing up that angle, so I used a bright blue cord and gold beads as well as a seed bead mixture called, coincidentally enough, Egyptian Lapis Stripe.  I'm not sure I was able to capture the feel I was after, but I really do like this color!

Blue macrame cuff from Knot Just Macrame


An online class for this micro macrame bracelet is available at CraftArtEdu.com and at a special introductory price for a couple more days - through Sunday.

I can't wait to see what color combinations you come up with!

Micro macrame cuff pattern in two different colorways.

February 17, 2015

A New Micro Macrame Class: Argus Cuff

Argus micro macrame cuff in red by Sherri Stokey

I'm on a roll, folks - two micro macrame classes in two months!  Like the last class I did, the Leafy Cuff, the Argus Cuff bracelet is worked across the piece rather than down it.  This means lots more cords to work with, but also leads to the possibility of lots of different designs.  

DIY micro macrame cuff in progress

I had fun figuring out how to make the eye pattern on this one, and the name springs from that (thanks, Marge!!)  Argus Panoptes in Greek mythology is the monster with 100 eyes.  Doesn't that seem very appropriate for this bracelet?

Closure of macrame cuff

The nice folks at CraftArtEdu.com are celebrating the release of this new class with a special deal for you.  The new Argus Cuff, the Leafy Cuff, and all of my other micro macrame jewelry classes are on sale at 25% off their regular prices through Sunday, February 22, 2015 (details here).  If you're an adventurous do-it-yourself type and you want to learn to make beaded macrame jewelry, this is a deal you don't want to miss.  My classes are very detailed with lots of close up photos and instructions.  I also include hints and tips and most of them (including this one) have video as well.  All at your fingertips and available on your schedule at your convenience.  

I'm a big fan of CraftArtEdu.com - I wouldn't be working with them if I weren't.  Once you purchase a class there, it's yours forever.  You can watch it as many times as you need and then refer back to it next year if you've forgotten how to do something.  They stand behind their classes, too, and if you have a question, they will find you an answer.  
Wide macrame cuff design class by Sherri Stokey

Are you learning micro macrame yet?  What are you waiting for?


February 8, 2015

Just-in-Time Sale

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I have too much micro macrame jewelry on hand.  I have 50 bracelets listed in my shop, and nearly 20 pair of earrings and 20 necklaces.  It makes me sad to see my pretty little babies all dressed up and ready to go, just sitting here in a pile waiting for their forever homes.  They need a chance shine!  

So, just in time for Valentine's Day, I'm having a 20% off sale on all my finished jewelry.  Want a little peek?


The sale runs through Valentine's Day (February 14, 2015).  Happy shopping!

February 5, 2015

Red, Red, Red

Micro macrame cuff bracelet in red by Sherri Stokey.

Red is my grandmother's favorite color and I just don't get it.  Aside from being the color of some wonderful fruits and vegetables, I can't see that it really has anything going for it.  Yes, I will always pick the red Kool Aid and eat the red fruit snacks first, but when it comes to jewelry, the red one is going to be one of my last choices.  

I did say back in this post, however, that I was going to try one more time to acquire a taste for the warmer colors and I did buy all these nice red beads.  And red cord.  I bought everything from Shanghai Red to Red Hot, from Ruby to Siam.  Surely, I could find some inspiration in all this:  

Red seed beads and nylon bead cord.

The micro macrame cuff at the top of this post is the first I made from my new stash.  I used the Poinsettia cord and matte frosted beads.  The beads got a little lost in the sea of red, but if you look closely, they have some nice color variation to them, including bits of orange.

Close up of macrame knotting by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

A decent enough start for an anti-red person like myself, but with Valentine's Day looming, I really thought I could do better.  I've started on a new cuff and I really like how it's coming along.  Not only is it knotted in red cord, but the beads have pink and orange in them.  I'm embracing the warm colors.  Giving them a big ol' smooch right on the lips.  I am also playing with a new design with some fun curves.

Micro macrame cuff design from Knot Just Macrame.

Stay tuned!

February 1, 2015

Beading Back in Time Blog Hop - the Big Reveal

 Dinosaur skeletons playing in beads and cord.

Oh, yeah!  I can finally show you the project I made for the Back in Time Blog Hop sponsored by yours truly and The Fabulous Linsday Starr of Phantasm Creations!  I've had loads of fun playing with different ideas for a project and just generally nerding around with beads, cord and dinosaur bits.

Cord, seed beads and dinso skulls.

How could you not like these skulls - a t-rex and diplodocus - from Artito on Etsy.  In fact, you might want to take a second right now and hop over to that shop and read some of Tracey's item descriptions.  I probably spent an hour or so laughing at the write ups.

I had plans to hang a skull from a necklace, but I spent so much time playing around in my stash and surfing for the most perfect, different and interesting component piece that I ended up not having the time to do it.  I did, however, come up with a great bracelet - without skulls.

Trilobites in a Cambrian Sea in micro macrame by Sherri Stokey

Ta da!!!  Trilobites in a Cambrian Sea rendered in micro macrame knots and accented with glass beads.  Since I've been experimenting with cuff designs lately, it just seemed fitting to do one with a prehistoric theme.  

Czech glass trilobite bead set in micro macrame.

Once I decided to work with the Czech glass trilobites, I found some great seed beads to go with them in a picasso finish.  I couldn't find just the right beads to match in the small 11/0 size I wanted to use at the top of the cuff, though, so I made my own mix with shades of brown, ox blood and sage and a little bit of everything in between.  (Don't get thrown by the fact that the cord looks bluer in this photo and greener in the others - this one was under artificial light.)

Micro macrame knotting with beaded border and accents.

I added some randomly free form knotting around the trilobites themselves like flowing water, since trilobites were marine organisms.

Czech glass trilobite beads in micro macrame cuff by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

The clasp on this is a tube bar clasp from Beadiful Gifts; it frames the design perfectly.

Micro macrame cuff bracelet by Knot Just Macrame

I can't wait to see what the other participants made!  I hope you'll join me in visiting the other blogs:



January 29, 2015

Beading Back in Time - a Blog Hop Update

Tiny dinosaur skulls (replicas), beads and cord.

A few of my beady friends and I have been busy this last month working on projects for our Beading Back in Time Blog Hop coming up this Sunday, February 1st.  If you missed my first post about it, here's the skinny:  participants must make something inspired by the prehistoric theme, something from a time before humans, then come back on the 1st and show it off.  Pretty simple!

Various ammonites in copper, pewter, ceramic and fossil

I spent quite a lot of time digging through my stash, finding suitable bits and pieces.  I came up with quite a few ammonites, including fossilized specimens, a Green Girl pewter button, a ceramic pendant and a great copper piece from Kristi Bowman.  

Fossilized trilobite, plus ceramic and glass trilobites.

Trilobites are obviously a favorite of mine, too, as I found quite a few examples.  I have a large pendant by Sheri Mallery (the lightest one in the photo), a fossilized one (the black one at the top), a pair of connectors by Diana Ptaszynski and quite a few Czech glass ones.

With all these fun things I found to fit the theme, aren't you curious to see what I made for the hop?  Hmm?  Even a little bit curious?  

You'll have to come back here on Sunday to find out!!

Dinosaur skeleton models messing about in beads and cord.