April 29, 2013

Failure 101

Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

So, I was messing around the last couple of days, trying to learn how to knot this scallop pattern.  I have had to really think about each knot, which is something I haven't had to do much lately.  I even had to switch off my ridiculously cheesy sci-fi shows to concentrate on the knotting.  I started off fairly well, if a bit slowly:

Learning a new knotting pattern

The color looks a bit more blue than teal in this photo because of the lighting I used last night, but here's where I was.  I used five different shades of cord to get the ombre shading.  I couldn't wait to get home from work this afternoon so I could work on it.  I knotted and knotted and knotted:

Ombre shading in teal

I'm absolutely fascinated with the undulations and the color gradient.  I'm admiring my handiwork, when it starts to dawn on me that I'm running short on cord.

Unfinished macrame bracelet

And no matter how hard I try, I'm not going to get this bracelet past 5.5".  I've had some suggestions for adding some beads to one end before the clasp and I may have to explore that option.  It's not a total loss, though.  I did get a handle for this knotting pattern, I think.  And I will definitely be trying it again.  If you want to try your hand at this one, I found the video here.  Be warned, though - she doesn't explain the actual knots, just the pattern, and it's not in English.  Or if you'd rather see a bracelet in ombre shading that didn't fail, check here or here :)


  1. I also see a bokkmark in this one, just in case you'd like to save the clasp and don't want to throw it away.

  2. Oh, such a bummer that it's running short! It is a really beautiful pattern.

  3. I love this pattern!!!!
    Any suggestions on where i could find a clasp like this one?
    I've been googling "sliding clasps" and the one with the loops always comes up.


    1. Fusion beads has them - they're in with the ones with the loops, but they're there :)

    2. I'll try 'em.

      thanks so much :)

  4. Wut is this pattern called?

  5. Sherri, there is a subtitle video link on the video you mention, which does help. X


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