February 19, 2016

Happy Accidents

Wizard necklace in micro macrame by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

Don't you love it when a plan comes together?  Or when some lucky accident leads to what you can claim as a plan coming together?  In my case it started with this bracelet:

Micro macrame bracelet from Knot Just Macrame.

Waiting for some custom order raku pieces to arrive, I made this bracelet playing around with some of the lighter colors in typical raku pieces.  (I'll give you a taste of what I ordered, but if you want to see all of the lovely pieces, you'll need to pop over to Love My Art Jewelry and take a peek at the post I did there - hint:  it's worth the click.)

Raku bracelet bar from Star Spirit Studio.

Look at me getting distracted by the pretty things.  Where was I? 

Raised to be thrifty, I always keep the excess cord I trim from projects if I think they are long enough to use for something else.  Which is how I end up with a mess like this:

Cord mess.

But that, too, is a whole other topic.  Back to this story...  I trimmed excess cord from the ends of that bracelet and started knotting what I intended to be a pair of earrings, but the one I started got kind of large, so I decided to turn it into a pendant instead.   

I went digging through my stash to find larger ring to anchor a necklace onto and a drop bead or something to add to the bottom of the pendant.  But when I found a ring, I decided to incorporate it into the pendant instead of hanging the pendant from it and the pendant ended up upside down with a big(ish) ring knotted into the top.  Still with me?

Micro macrame knotting from Knot Just Macrame.

Still looking for a drop or something to hang from the bottom (which used to be the top), I came across this:

Wizard pendant.

No way this could match any better if I had designed my color palette around this it!  I have no idea what this pendant is made of - I don't even remember who I bought it from.  I do remember that it was from someone destashing, so if you recognize it, let me know!  I am guessing it's made of bone, but that's only a guess.  I did take a photo of the back side, if this helps someone identify the material (and if you do know, please tell me!):

Backside of pendant.

Anyway, there I go again, veering off topic.  Well, I guess I'm still mostly on topic, just slightly left of center, but back to the main story:  I love this fun wizard pendant and it looks awesome with the pendant piece and I probably couldn't do that again in a million years because the colors are pretty much spot on.  

Micro macrame necklace by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

At this point I pretty much  just had to knot some straps on this puppy and put it to bed, but you know me - I can't leave well enough alone.  I wanted to use the soft green colored cord for the necklace straps, but I thought I needed to bring some of the colors from the pendant and the... what would you call that?  A knotted pendant holder?  From that thing, anyway... I wanted to bring some of the color up into the body of the necklace, so I added a bit more knotting to the topside of the ring and then transitioned into the solid green knotting on the straps.

Micro macrame necklace straps by Sherri Stokey.

And that's how this necklace came to be.

Micro macrame necklace with wizard pendant knotted by Sherri Stokey.

I wish I could tell you that this fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants design plan is an anomaly for me, but sadly this is more the rule than the exception.  I'm not a sketcher and even when I do try to be a planner, it often veers off track.  Sometimes, though, things come together just perfectly!  I guess maybe we'll have to call "going with the flow" my plan.

7 comments:

  1. LOL, I love it! "Going with the flow is my plan" cuz that's how I roll too, I usually start off with some kind of idea and it ends up totally different. I think it's a great thing really, creating is like a never ending surprise that way! Love your pieces by the way, you know that, ALL of them! ❤

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  2. Awesome! I'm new to macrame, so I have no clue how to plan a piece, but your post might give me the courage to experiment with different motifs!

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  3. Your Wizard looks like it's probably a scrimshaw on fossilized walrus ivory.

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  4. Acabo de descubrir su trabajo y me parece realmente precioso, considero una creación magnifica!
    Le estaria muy agradecida si me pudiera decir con que hilos y grosor trabaja. Muchas gracias y enhorabuena por su trabajo.

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  5. Acabo de descubrir su trabajo y me parece realmente precioso, considero una creación magnifica!
    Le estaria muy agradecida si me pudiera decir con que hilos y grosor trabaja. Muchas gracias y enhorabuena por su trabajo.

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    1. There's a bit of information about that here: http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/2015/03/nylon-cord-size-comparison.html

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    2. And thank you SO much for the lovely compliment!

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