January 12, 2014

A New Color Palette for Inspiration

Quilt made by Sharon Hartman

Nothing inspires me quite like a fun, fresh color palette.  My mom loaned me one of the quilts she made (she's amassing quite an impressive collection) to change up my bedroom for a few months.  I chose this one in shades of purple, teal and olive green, and then was inspired to create a palette of cord and beads based on the quilt.

Purple, olive and teal beads and cord in a color palette based on quilt

I found lots of seed beads in the purple and lavender colors, as well as the teal tones from the lower right corner of the quilt.  The upper left has greens that move from olive into a deep avocado color, and I found lots to mimic those tones, too.  If you look a little closer, you'll notice bits of a mustard/gold color sprinkled in there, too.  LOADS of inspiration for me!

Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

I've been messing with this sinuous curvy pattern lately and I think it works really well in these colors.  I added some sparkle with a row of beads down the center and a shiny picot edging.  

Knotted curves micro macrame in purple, olive and teal

The jewel tones in this piece are reminiscent of peacocks.  Today I thought I'd play with a design with a few more beads.

Beaded macrame bracelet

These colors are definitely helping take my mind off the January weather!

Beads and nylon bead cord used for micro macrame


  1. These colors are so yummy and so refreshing after the weather we have had also. They just freshen everything up. You create surprises each time. I always look forward to your new creation.

  2. What a beautiful quilt. And I love the color scheme you pulled out of it for the bracelets. That second one really appeals to me with more beads. But both are very pretty.

  3. Looks like you come from a very creative family. Love the quilt and bracelets.

  4. Wow, Sherry! I love your macramé and these colors are stunning. Actually, I love turquoise, aqua, green and purple, so it's right up my alley! Thanks for joining my blog and for your comments. I really like the way the lariat turned out, too. Hope you have a great day!

  5. Beautiful. Will you be selling the pattern for the 2nd to last photo? I would love to learn & make that zig zag rounded piece.

    1. You can get that pattern from my friend Donna at Knot Gypsy.

  6. Beautiful bracelets and colors! This the first bracelet the same pattern at your Curves bracelet tutorial on Etsy?

    1. It is, indeed! Well, a scaled up version of it, anyway - with more rows and added beads.


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