February 1, 2015

Beading Back in Time Blog Hop - the Big Reveal

 Dinosaur skeletons playing in beads and cord.

Oh, yeah!  I can finally show you the project I made for the Back in Time Blog Hop sponsored by yours truly and The Fabulous Linsday Starr of Phantasm Creations!  I've had loads of fun playing with different ideas for a project and just generally nerding around with beads, cord and dinosaur bits.

Cord, seed beads and dinso skulls.

How could you not like these skulls - a t-rex and diplodocus - from Artito on Etsy.  In fact, you might want to take a second right now and hop over to that shop and read some of Tracey's item descriptions.  I probably spent an hour or so laughing at the write ups.

I had plans to hang a skull from a necklace, but I spent so much time playing around in my stash and surfing for the most perfect, different and interesting component piece that I ended up not having the time to do it.  I did, however, come up with a great bracelet - without skulls.

Trilobites in a Cambrian Sea in micro macrame by Sherri Stokey

Ta da!!!  Trilobites in a Cambrian Sea rendered in micro macrame knots and accented with glass beads.  Since I've been experimenting with cuff designs lately, it just seemed fitting to do one with a prehistoric theme.  

Czech glass trilobite bead set in micro macrame.

Once I decided to work with the Czech glass trilobites, I found some great seed beads to go with them in a picasso finish.  I couldn't find just the right beads to match in the small 11/0 size I wanted to use at the top of the cuff, though, so I made my own mix with shades of brown, ox blood and sage and a little bit of everything in between.  (Don't get thrown by the fact that the cord looks bluer in this photo and greener in the others - this one was under artificial light.)

Micro macrame knotting with beaded border and accents.

I added some randomly free form knotting around the trilobites themselves like flowing water, since trilobites were marine organisms.

Czech glass trilobite beads in micro macrame cuff by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

The clasp on this is a tube bar clasp from Beadiful Gifts; it frames the design perfectly.

Micro macrame cuff bracelet by Knot Just Macrame

I can't wait to see what the other participants made!  I hope you'll join me in visiting the other blogs:



23 comments:

  1. Oh I love this! what a fun hop idea!! And I was noticing that I have several matching beads in my stash to yours :)

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    1. Thank you! I was admiring your scarab bracelet with the bead weaving and leather and basket weaving feel - such a cool idea!

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  2. I am commissioning one of these from you immediately! SPECTACULAR!!! Thank you for holding down the fort as life got the better of me too :)

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  3. Your cuff is great Sherry. You chose the size 11 beads really well. I have some trilobites from when my son lived in Utah.

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    1. I just have one tiny real one - I would love to have a bigger one, too.

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  4. Again, an amazing piece of work. I love my bracelet that you made me. This is such a great piece that has your design style written all over it. Love your work. Love it.

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    1. Thanks, Jean, and thanks for joining us!

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  5. Sherri, this bracelet is amazing and what a fun subject. I love this, it is also beautiful. Your work is wonderful as usual. What a privilege to be learning from you. Thank you.

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous! It always amazes me how you take all of those tiny bits of thread and create such wonderful designs, I love it!

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    1. ... says the lady who can make a lump of clay look good :)

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  7. Sherri, this is just beautiful! I like the riff you did on the leaf motif in some of your recent bracelets, and it does look like water swirling around the trilobites. Who knew fossils could look so elegant?

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    1. That row in the cuffs just seems to me like a blank canvas - already framed by the other knot work and just waiting to be filled with different themes...

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  8. Trillos!!! I so love them. Wonderful cuff design!

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  9. I love that and the title is perfect. So cute!

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  10. Very special. Loved the humorous Etsy shop you referred me to.

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    1. Aren't the items descriptions the BEST!?

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  11. Czech Picasso trilobites for the win! They are cool - I mean, your whole design is lovely! I really like the colors!

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  12. Will you be selling a kit or video on this one?

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    1. Not this particular one, but I have a couple similar cuffs (worked the same direction) here: http://craftartedu.com/sherri-stokey-leafy-cuff-in-micro-macrame and here: http://craftartedu.com/sherri-stokey-argus-cuff-in-micro-macrame

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