March 13, 2014

And Then There Were Owls

Micro macrame owl by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

Everybody has seen a macrame owl.  If you're of my generation, you probably saw one of them in person.  A great big thing with knots the size of your fist taking up half a wall somewhere (yes, mostly likely surrounded by avocado green and/or gold, but let's not get cliche here).  I thought the poor macrame owl needed a little updating, so I decided to try my own design for one in micro macrame.

Knotted macrame owl by Sherri Stokey
  
 This is the first one I made.  He was a little gift for someone.  But you know me - I can't leave well enough alone. I had to try making one in... you guessed it... teal.  Teal and turquoise and tan, actually.

Micro macrame owl knotting in progress

 It is kind of trippy to watch an owl emerge.  It probably wouldn't be such a kick if I had a plan going in, but I'm much more a by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of gal, so I never know for sure where a piece might end up.  This guy, for example, ended up with a body shape that almost reminds me of a heart.

Turquoise and teal micro macrame owl

 I hadn't really seen that coming.  He's a little larger than the first owl, too.  I made him into a necklace and I thought with the size of him, he could stand something fairly substantial.  I dug through my hoard of teal and turquoise colored beads and knotted a fun necklace for him.

Micro macrame owl necklace with eclectic beads

It's a bunch of my favorite things all tied together!  I definitely think there are more owls in my future.


14 comments:

  1. Your tan and teal owl is just fantastic! Are his eyes fossil coral? I wish I could do something like that "by the seat of my pants"!

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  2. I absolutely love your owl!
    Any pattern available?

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    1. Sorry, no pattern. I'm still just in the "playing with the design" phase :)

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  3. For some reason, I am hesitant to go by the seat of my pants and I would like it. I have not learned how much cord to start with. This owl has so much character, he just talks. My favorite colors too and all your favorite things are perfect. Maybe with much more experience we will be able to "go by the seat of our pants". He is great.

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    1. I try to start with way more cord than I think I'm going to need. It's not that expensive and it's way better to have extra than not enough (save the longer scraps for making earrings). And remember, you can add cord in some patterns. All that said, it has taken me a long time to be comfortable enough to wing it (no pun intended LOL).

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  4. OMGosh! These owls are adorable! I remember when I used to make them as a child - those huge ones ... these are sensational!

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  5. Your owls remind me of my mom's back in the 70's. She had one that was a plant holder and it scared my brother.. LOL I have to say Sherri, yours are much lovelier.

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  6. That teal owl is absolutely adorable. I love him. Will have to see if I can figure it out or watch for a class from you on how to make him.

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  7. I love them.. It is two years later now, do you have the pattern already? I am now learning and this one seems very different.. Oh, I would love try this! Thank you!!

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    1. Hmmm... I did do an owl, but the body is slightly different: https://www.etsy.com/listing/192699186/micro-macrame-owl-pendant-tutorial?ref=shop_home_active_2

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    2. If you ever do a pattern for this owl please let me know. I see the ones you link to but I really love the belly of this one

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