March 31, 2016

Super Deal on Online Micro Macrame Classes

Drunkards path micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey

Boy, oh boy!  If you've had your eye on any of my online micro macrame classes, now is the time!  The nice folks at have apparently lost their minds and put out a code good for 31% off your entire purchase!  Yes, that's right - whether you buy one class or ten, you can get 31% off using the code march31!  (Find all the details here.) You'll have to hurry, though, the code is only good through April 3, 2016.  

Here's a peek at some of the classes I have available:

Leafy cuff in micro macrame.

Argus cuff in micro macrame.

Marquise cuff in micro macrame.

March 20, 2016

Micro Macrame with Raku Part III: The Last of Them

Raku ceramic bracelet bar with micro macrame band.

After a month-long binge of knotting, I've come to the end of the road for raku (at least for now).  This raku owl is the last of the ceramic bracelet bars from Star Spirit Studio.

Fleur-de-lis in raku set in micro macrame knotting.

When I commissioned these bars from Sue, I had no idea I would get so wrapped up in them that I'd use all twelve of them up in a month!  It was sort of like eating the whole bag of potato chips in one setting - that's never the intention at the onset.

Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

Each one of the bracelets was different, depending on the predominant colors in the raku on each ceramic piece.   Now that they're all finished, I feel sort of lost!
Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey with raku owl ceramic focal.

What to do next?

March 8, 2016

Micro Macrame Bracelets with Raku

Micro macrame with raku bracelet bars.

Sue from Star Spirit Studio recently made on a batch of custom bracelet bars for me.  I've worked with her before and her raku pieces are beyond beautiful. To top it off, she's a pleasure to work with!

 I like bracelet bars with four holes (two per end instead of one) for my micro macrame bracelets.  I think it keeps the piece from turning around so much and that's a big deal to me since I'm working with small fiber cords.  The bead cord I use has a 35 pound breaking strength and is pretty strong, but it could be worn by constant friction so I avoid that as much as possible.  Anywho... the pieces Sue made for me are!

Raku bracelet bars from Star Spirit Studio.

I've been binge knotting and binge watching episodes of Call the Midwife.  Well, I was, anyway, until I ran out of episodes (so sad to see it end!).  Now I'm on the prowl again for a good series to watch on Netflix.  Any suggestions?  I love British dramas, period dramas and crime dramas.  Anyone? 

And there I am wandering off track again...

Micro macrame with spirit horse.

The colors in each of these bracelets vary slightly, based on the predominant colors in the ceramic, but they're all similar:

Micro macrame with fairy.
 Micro macrame with nouveau feel.

What's not to love, right?

Micro macrame bracelets by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

I wouldn't think to put these colors all together if it weren't for the colors of the raku, but it works really well.  Who knew!?

Micro macrame knotting by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

If you just cant get enough raku and micro macrame, check out the post here, and here, and here, and here...  Can you tell how much I love these colors?

March 2, 2016

Raku and Micro Macrame

Valerie Cristo from Clay for a Cure makes some gorgeous raku pieces and recently made some custom focals for me.  I can't say enough about how great she was to work with on my order.  She took the time to figure out what I wanted and why and was able to suggest some ideas I hadn't even thought of.  And if her pretty beads and customer service isn't enough, she donates a portion of each sale to help find a cure for cancer.  Do take a minute to check out her shop - you won't be sorry!

After waiting out by the mailbox for a few days, I was thrilled when my beads arrived.  Just look at the COLOR!  It makes my heart beat a little faster, I swear!  And it has been such fun pulling the colors from her beads and weaving them into intricate micro macrame bands.  

For the first couple of bracelets, I chose some of the rectangular pieces from Valerie.  I love how she used the raku colors in a band across the center and left the rest a glossy white for contrast.  I started with a mix of blues, khaki and a coppery pink, then added a bit of white to the next one.

When Valerie saw them, she asked me to design one for her using the large round bead she made for me!

I don't think there's any greater compliment a jewelry designer can receive than to be asked to make a piece for a bead artist using one of their beads.  And what's better?  Now Valerie is standing out by her mailbox waiting! 

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