November 30, 2013

Weekend Sale on Micro Macrame Tutorials

Micro Macrame tutorials on sale at this weekend

A little offer to get you started on your holiday gift making:  this weekend (through midnight on Sunday, December 1, 2013) all of the micro macrame tutorials listed in my Etsy shop are on sale!  You'll get 20% off the regular price - no coupon code necessary.  And the best part?  You don't have to get dressed and go out to fight the crowds.  

If you're so inclined, I have kits made up for most of the tutorials. 

You can find them in my Etsy shop.  And don't forget, if you need a little help with the knots, I've started a video series to help you out.  You can find videos on how to tie a double half hitch knot in this post.

Happy Shopping!

November 25, 2013

The Sea Garden Challenge

Sea Garden photo by Dinink Sonia
This photo was chosen by our hostess, Esterina Mestoko Jagiella as the inspiration for this month's challenge in one of the Facebook groups to which I belong.  This underwater photo was taken by her friend, Dinink Sonia, and I couldn't resist playing along.  You know these colors and this ocean theme is right up my alley.

I've been working on micro macrame spirals (see more here if you missed it) and might be a bit obsessed.  It's fun for me to take a handful of colors and knot them together just to see what pattern will emerge.  For this challenge, I chose cord in brown, coral, teal and two shades of blue.  I kept all of the blues together and then ran the two contrasting colors together and came up with this spiral.

Micro macrame spiral cord by Sherri Stokey

I added some antique brass caps on the cord and some beads, then a little length of chain.

Micro macrame spiral cord with cord end cap and bead links

I had the perfect porcelain bead on hand in these colors and it even had a seashell motif.  I knotted a simple bail for it and left the cords dangling from the bottom of the bead.

Porcelain seashell pendant with knotted bail

And thus my entry for The Sea Garden challenge was born.

Sea Garden micro macrame spiral necklace by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

I always enjoy doing these challenges, especially to see what pieces everyone else made based on the same photo.  The album with all entries is here, although I think you have to be a member of the Facebook group to see it.  It's a friendly group, so if you haven't already joined, maybe you should (loads of great handmade beads and jewelry)!  And if this necklace is calling to you, you can find it listed in my Etsy shop.  Or if you'd rather learn to knot your own micro macrame spiral, you can find the eClass at

Handmade knotted micro macrame spiral necklace by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

November 22, 2013

New Micro Macrame Tutorial - Spiral Rope

Spiral rope micro macrame bracelet with lampwork focal.

I've been working hard on a new tutorial for this spiral rope in micro macrame and I'm happy to announce it's finished and available!  In plenty of time for you to make a few Christmas gifts, or maybe just something for yourself.  This tutorial is an eClass at CraftArtEdu.  Their platform works really well for a class like this, because in addition to lots of step-by-step still photos, I can add video.  And I added lots of videos.

Christmas spiral micro macrame bracelets by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

I made up some festive holiday bracelets to show you some of variations, but don't be fooled.  The spiral rope can be used all year long in lots of projects.  In the pieces above, I used art beads by Lisa Suver (peppermint bead) and Barbara Handy (white snowflake and red/white/green charm).  I wish I could remember who did the pretty lampwork in the last piece, but if anyone knows, help me out.  The ones below feature a lampwork dragonfly bead by Nikki Rogalski and a polymer swirl bead by Peg Montieth.

Knotted macrame bracelets with art bead focals

You can even make it a bit longer and use it for a necklace.  I added some links with Czech glass, recycled African glass and Greek ceramics, but I left the knotting to be the star of the show.

Necklace by Sherri Stokey with spiral micro macrame center

I hope you'll take a moment to check out the class preview.  I will be working this weekend to get some kits for the spiral listed in my Etsy shop.  Happy knotting!

November 18, 2013

New Micro Macrame Bracelet Kits for the Holidays

Two tone micro macrame bracelets by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

I've been playing around a bit with different color schemes for my Micro Macrame Leaves Bracelet Tutorial and my favorite variation so far is a two tone version like these.  I love experimenting with different colors of cord in different patterns just to see where they end up and this pattern does a really need thing - the colors each stay on their own side of the bracelet!  I had such fun and such positive feedback on them that I thought I'd do a few special kits for the holidays.  I made up kits for both the black and white and gray version and the turquoise and teal version shown here, but I also did a very traditional Christmas version with red and green.

Red and green cord with white seed beads for kits

I haven't even had time to make one up yet, but I think it will be really festive!  Since I was feeling the festive vibe, I also put together a couple of kits for the solid color (not two toned) version but in special holiday colors.  The first is such a pretty red.  It's called Poinsettia and I paired it with pearly white beads.

Poinsettia red cord and white seed beads

And heck, while I was at it, I did a blue version with silver lined crystal beads for loads of sparkle.

Blue c-lon cord and sparkling beads for micro macrame

These kits are all available in my Etsy shop.  Get them while there is still time to get them made for the holiday season!

November 14, 2013

Double Half Hitch Macrame Knot Tutorial

Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

I thought I'd start a little tutorial series here on my blog and show you how to do some of the macrame knots that I use in micro macrame pieces like this bracelet.  The most common knot in the micro macrame pieces I make is the double half hitch (DHH).  All of the knots you can see in this piece are double half hitches.    

In order to make this knot, you need one cord called a "holding" cord and another called the "knotting" cord.  The cords will change positions throughout a design and a cord that is the holding cord can become a knotting cord in another row, but that's all stuff for another lesson.  In this post, we're just going to focus on making the knot, and for this knot, you need one holding cord and one knotting cord.  

The holding cord will be the one you tie the knot around - the knot bearer, if you will.  The knotting cord is the one you actually use to tie the knot.

Did you get that?  Start with the knotting cord under the holding cord.  Take it up, over and around the holding cord and then back through the loop.  Make the second half of the knot (it's a DOUBLE half hitch, remember) the same way - up, over & through the loop.  Tighten neatly.  One trick to a nice looking macrame piece is consistent tension, so work on that.  Tight but not too tight.

Working the knot from left to right will make a row that goes across from left to right.  But what if you need to come back across your piece?  You will need to know how to make the same knot from right to left:

Looks easy enough, right?  You can do this!  And if you can do this, you can make this:

Micro Macrame Leaves Bracelet

You can find the tutorial for this bracelet in my Etsy shop here.  To make it easier to try out micro macrame without having to buy a bunch of cord and beads, I've put together some kits for you.  They have all of the cord, beads and findings you need to make one bracelet.  Go forth and knot!  

November 10, 2013

Just One More...

Raku scarab and micro macrame necklace by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

Just this one more and then I swear I will move on.  The deep jewel tones in this color palette have become an obsession, but they're just so darned pretty!  It all started with some raku pieces and a pile of matching beads and cord and here I am two weeks later...  

This piece was inspired by a raku scarab pendant by Duane Collins of Elements Pottery.  I made a metal support for it (see what I did with the pyramid shape there?) which gave me a place to tether my macrame and still let the pendant hang freely.  

Closeup of raku scarab focal by Duane Collins of Elements Pottery

I used a couple colors of blue cord along with a burgundy color and a whole bunch of glass seed beads with rainbow finishes.  I added another raku bead, this one from Star Spirit Studio and then transitioned into a spiral rope that goes up and around the neck and then joins back up in the front with a clasp I made myself.

A closeup of the hand made clasp with matching beads and a bit of wire wrapping

And now I swear I'm going to get out some other beads and cord and do something different.  It's time.  If you still haven't had enough of this color combo, check out this past post.

Raku scarab and knotted micro macrame necklace by Sherri Stokey

November 7, 2013

The Darker Side of Raku

Micro Macrame bracelets in raku colors by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

If you've been following along, you know I've been working with some raku pieces from Star Spirit Studio and playing with the beads and cord from this big pile:

Raku color palette with cords and seed beads

I had a customer call dibs on the horse piece in the upper right part of this photo - before I'd even had a chance to make something with it!  I asked her what colors she preferred and she indicated that the harvest gold and avocado green color schemes from the 70's sent her running and screaming and that she much preferred cool colors.  Well, alrighty, then.  I can do cool.

Micro macrame bracelet with Star Spirit Studio raku horse focal

I used two the two blue cord colors and the maroon for some contrast, then stuck with beads that had an iris coating (both matte and shiny) to keep the bead color from taking away from the focal.  I LOVE the result.  So much, in fact, that I made another bracelet in the same cord and beads.

Deep and mysterious raku colors knotted in micro macrame

And I still don't have these colors worked out of my system! I'm working on another piece and I'll be back to show you it when it's finished.  Meanwhile, you can check out the other pieces I made from the raku palette here and here.  And if you're interested in making something like this for yourself, both of these bracelets are made using the pattern I demonstrate in this Micro Macrame Bracelet Watch class.

November 3, 2013

More Micro Macrame in Raku Colors

Raku color palette comprised of cord and seed beads.

Remember this big ol' pile of gorgeous inspired by Star Spirit Studio's Raku pieces?  If you missed the piece I made from the skull pendant in this photo, be sure to check out this post.  There are just so many great pieces and great colors here, I can't put them away.  This week made a set with no actual raku pieces, but in the same color palette:

Micro macrame bracelet and earrings in raku colors by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

The way the colors undulate through the bracelet fascinates me. This bracelet is done from the Leaves Bracelet micro macrame tutorial available in my Etsy shop.  I've just added the extra element of different colored cords.

Micro macrame bracelet  in raku colors work in progress

Micro macrame bracelet  in raku colors by Sherri Stokey

I had a couple other projects in mind and a custom order I need to do, but I don't think I can't put these away just yet.  Stay tuned!
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