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 CraftArtEdu.com.

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

5 comments:

  1. Looks gorgeous. I need to find some macramé cord so I can get back to macramé. Used to love doing it in the 70's. Actually still have a few necklaces I made back then. :)

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  2. As I mentioned on FB, this necklace really pops. I love the colors and the bail is a great idea.

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