October 22, 2014

A Collaborative Experiment with Bead Weaving and Micro Macrame

Micro macrame by Sherri Stokey with polymer cab by Lindsay Starr

Do you remember my friend, Lindsay Starr?  She's the creative genius behind Phantasm Creations and does some of the most amazing bead work I have ever seen.  I did a trade with her last year (you can read about it in this post) and we decided it was time to do another one, this time with a twist.  We would each start a piece and then send it to the other person to finish.  

I had been hoarding a face cab she made and decided it would be fun to do something with that.  Me being me (with a micro macrame obsession) it stood to reason that I would have to do something with macrame, so I knotted two pieces the size of the cab.  As you can see from the photo, the front piece is a bezel with a hole for the face to peek through and the back is a solid circle of knotting.  I sandwiched them together and did some more knotting to get this:

Micro macrame bezel on a polymer cab

I didn't exactly know what I was doing, since this was my first attempt at something like this.  I learned some things I will definitely do better next time, but I like the way she turned out.  The way the knotting snugs up around her face makes me think of a woman in the cold with her hood drawn up close to keep her warm.  

Knotted micro macrame circles by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

I wanted to give Lindsay a little more knotting to work with in case she needed to bring it back into her design, so I knotted a couple more circles keeping with the theme.  It will be most interesting to see what she makes with these.  And meanwhile, she send me these beautiful pieces:

Beaded pieces by Lindsay Starr of Phantasm Creations

Gorgeous, right?!  The flower and leaf (and maybe the time of year) made me think of Day of the Dead (okay, that's probably one of those thought transitions that only I would follow, but it makes perfect sense to me).  I decided to try something really different and attempt to knot a skull.  I know!  Ridiculous, right!?

Beaded pieces by Lindsay Starr and macrame by Sherri Stokey

No, it's not a white strawberry and yes, it is going to be more skull-like before I'm finished.  You will just have to come back and see.  

While she was waiting for my packaged parts to arrive in the mail, Lindsay was without a project and asked me for an assignment.  Me being me (my latest catch-all un-apology excuse), I suggested she do something with a sugar skull and a Day of the Dead theme.  

Day of the Dead sugar skull necklace by Lindsay Starr of Phantasm Creations.

She nailed it, didn't she!  I told you she was awesome.  While you're waiting to see our finished pieces, you should head over to her blog and check out her other pieces.  Prepared to be amazed.  And don't forget to come back and see what we do with our collaboration experiment!


  1. I love the way you knotted around the piece Lindsay gave to you. It makes the face cab seem so much more interesting. The other two circular pieces are really cool too. Lindsay did a really neat sugar skull piece. I love the way she approached the skull; just doing the outline of it. I'm surprized by what you're doing with the pieces she sent you, but I can't wait to see how both projects turn out. What a fun swap!

    1. I'm having a blast. Lindsay is very open to creativity no matter which direction it takes, so I'm letting loose a bit on this one :)

  2. These are marvelous. I love your work.

  3. Your work is awesome. You never cease to amaze me in your creations. I love the cab and the way you set it and the extra pieces. Cannot wait to see the finished piece. Lindsay's work is amazing.


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