May 24, 2016

Beachy Beige Macrame Jewelry

Beachy macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey.

Yes, I'm still playing with the Starfish Collection and I'm showing no signs of running out of inspiration.  I've been concentrating more on the neutrals lately, Beachy Beige!  The neutral colors seem to make the knot work of the macrame stand out a bit more, playing up the texture and pattern.  Tiny pops of color add a little "something".

Beachy macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

Micro macrame bracelet with starfish by Sherri Stokey.

I am having so much fun with this palette that I think everyone should join me, so I'm hosting a little challenge over at the Love My Art Jewelry blog.  It's pretty simple:  make something handmade inspired by this photo:

Starfish color palette.

You'll find all of the details in this post:  Starfish Color Palette Challenge.  I hope you'll join me!

Beachy beige micro macrame bracelets from Knot Just Macrame.

May 19, 2016

More Beachy Macrame Jewelry

Micro macrame bracelet in neutral tans by Sherri Stokey.

The starfish palette I've been playing with for weeks now still has me enthralled.  Now it's become a challenge to see how many different pieces I can create working from it.  

Color palette in cord and beads.

This week I've been concentrating on the neutrals.  It's amazing how much more the texture and subtle patterns show up when your eye isn't drawn by bright colors

Micro macrame in neutrals from Knot Just Macrame.

It's also fun to see how the teal colored patina starfish grabs the eye when it's set against a backdrop of neutrals.

Starfish macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.

Patina starfish macrame bracelet in neutrals.

That little experiment led to another - what if I added just a tiny bit of color in the beads...

Neutral micro macrame bracelet with pops of color.

If I'm counting right, I think I may be up to sixteen pieces inspired by the Starfish palette so far, and I'm still going strong!!

May 10, 2016

Starfish Collection Macrame Jewelry

I really need to get a beach fix!  I do love this time of year in Nebraska when all the hills are greening up and the trees are filling out, but it's still not warm enough to suit me yet.  I'm dreaming of this:

I pulled beads and cord a month ago and turns out that must have been what was in my head!  Look:

This palette has inspired a bunch of new pieces (you can see them here and here and here if you missed them) like these:

I played a bit with the starfish theme and sprinkled them down the center of a cuff (made from my Marquise design, online class available here):

Then I decided I needed to try these colors out in the Leaves pattern, which was a lot of fun.

That led to the Falling Leaves thing (leaves, leaves....), and it turns out if you use turquoise and tan you get a very summery version of the bracelet, especially with a starfish bead attached!

The whole time I was making these macrame bracelets, I was trying to come up with an idea for a necklace in this color palette.  

I started playing around with a brass ring, adding chevrons of color.  I intended to hang one of the howlite starfish beads to the ring as the pendant, but it just didn't have enough impact.  I went back to the pile of beads I'd originally pulled and it turns out the answer had been right there all along!

The starfish pendant is from Summer Wind Art and I can't believe how perfectly it goes with the rest of the necklace.  My subconscious must have been working overtime on this one.

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