Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Spiral Rope Bangle Bracelets

I finally got around to figuring out a simple way to make bangle bracelets with the Spiral Rope scheme.  I don't know why I waited so long!  They are so fun to make, I have had difficulty stopping.  Alas, mundane life pulls me back - to eat dinner, interact with my husband and 6 kitties...etc.

First, I made a couple of them (to match the necklaces in my previous post ).  I liked them so much - I went crazy!

I made these three as a set:


Then, I went "Tropical":


Finally (to date), I went for a fancier look:


I have already listed most of them at my ArtFire shop.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Re-Making and Re-Discovering

In my previous post "In the Beginning", I said I was planning on re-making some older necklaces.  As you can see in the photo above, I have done just that with one of them.  (It is currently listed at my ArtFire shop)  Using size 8 seed beads instead of those tiny size 11s made the work go so much faster.  I liked it so much, I started playing around with making some entirely new necklaces with matching earrings...like this set:



And, a necklace with a matching "bangle" bracelet - no clasp, no button, just one continuous circle!  I love them and will definitely make more!  Here is one of them:


Then, I made a set with a necklace, earrings, and a bangle bracelet (I'm keeping this set for myself I think):


Yes, I still plan to re-make the other 3 older necklaces...sometime soon.




Sunday, May 24, 2015

Spiral Rope Necklace and Earrings Sets






My sister likes to make lampwork beads.  Some time back, she gave me a bunch of them.  I have been waiting for just the right projects for them.  I think I found those projects.  Spiral Rope Necklace and Earrings Sets. When I have a special focal bead, I like to put it in a simple design.  That way, the focal bead gets to be the star of the show...as it should be. Here they are individually:

First this set in blue and green.


Then, I made this Peach Set:





Then, because I was on a roll, this one in white, orange, and lavender:


Then, I decided to make some Spiral Rope "Y" Necklaces with matching earrings.  First this one in black, brown, and white with milifiori teardrops.


And, finished up this round of beading and knotting with this set in tan, jade green...with an agate focal bead and some additional agates.


I have listed them all at my ArtFire shop under "Sets and Matching".



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ads on My ArtFire Shop Pages and Getting Rid of Them

Since I stay "logged-in" to my ArtFire shop, I had no idea that there were so many "third-party ads" on my shop pages!  When I view my shop while logged-in, I do not see the ads.  And, since I rarely go on ArtFire's forum, I really did not know what was going on.  More fool me!

However, that has been remedied!  

But there is a little story first...

Today, I received an email from ArtFire about "changes to fees/sales commissions"...so, of course, I went over to the forum to find out more.

And, if I am understanding things correctly, this is basically what has happened:

Apparently, Google recently made changes that charge site owners for access...so ArtFire began to place third party ads on shop pages so as to counter this...and quite a few shop owners got mad and left.  So, now ArtFire has come up with a new "tiered" rate policy.  As a "legacy" shop owner, my base rate does not change, but if I want the ads to go away, I must "op in" to pay a 3% commission on every sale.  I cannot say I am happy about this, but I guess I understand why ArtFire needs to make these changes.

I have "opted in" for the plan without those ads.  Really, go check out one of my item pages.

As many have said in one way or another "The Only Thing Permanent in Life is Change"...sigh.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In the Beginning



I belong to a micro macrame group on facebook.  Quite some time ago, new members asked for the more experienced knotters to show some photo of our early work.  I kept meaning to get around to taking the photos and posting them...but, I also kept forgetting or putting it off.  Since I plan on dismantling these necklaces and re-making them, I decided I better get a photo first.

Although, I still like the colors and the basic arrangement of the beads, I was never happy with the knotting cords around the outside of the focal beads.  They don't look like they are part of the design, they look "sloppy" to me.  It was this dissatisfaction that led to my practice of stringing the knotting cords through the focal beads along with the holding cords.  It is sometimes a challenge to do so as the holes in the focal beads can be a bit small for this.   Still, I think it "cleans" up the look. 

When I made these necklaces, I had discovered Omega #2 nylon crochet thread.  Although it was way better than using cotton crochet thread, it has a tendency to "loosen up" over time.  I still use it for "Spiral Ropes" type designs because it makes them so flexible and supple, and I also make my knots tighter these days.  And, as I said, I pass both the knotting and holding cords through the focal beads.

If you take a look at my Original Waves Bracelet on my Free Downloads post, you will see how I put tassels even on bracelets with clasps (not just the ones with button closures).  At the time, I designed that bracelet, I was still using the Omega nylon crochet thread.  Because the crochet thread is not a bonded cord, the knots don't always hold tight.  This is fine within the body of a piece, but problematic (for me at least) at the end.  Ending with a ring (for a clasp) means the knot has to accommodate the ring.  Even using fabric glue was not sufficient as far as I am concerned.  I know, I tend to be overly cautious, but I want a piece of jewelry to LAST.  Ending with a tassel meant the end knots were overhand knots which hold much better since they don't have to accommodate the ring.  Since I have discovered C-lon Bead cord, this issue is no longer a problem and so I began to end pieces on a ring without the need for a tassel.





Saturday, April 4, 2015

Free Downloads

THIS IS A TEST! - Since there is not a way to upload a pdf to this blog, I am attempting to upload some free downloads to Google Drive and then provide a link here (below).  I am hoping this works.  If it does, I will again be able to offer a few free micro macrame jewlery patterns/tutorials.  Update:  It seems to be working, but if you have any problems downloading, let me know.

Please try these out and let me know if they work - does the link take you to the document without having to sign in?  And does it allow you to download the document?

The Basics

How to make the basic knots, materials and sources, and some hopefully helpful tips....DOWNLOAD HERE.

Spirals Anklet, Lariat Necklace, and Hoop Earrings

Great for Beginners!  Using a simple half knot, learn how to make an anklet or bracelet, a pair of hoop earrings, or a lariat necklace...DOWNLOAD HERE.
 Original Waves Bracelet

Another good project for Beginners.  Using square knots and plenty of beads, make an elegant bracelet with a tassel for fun...DOWNLOAD HERE.

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Kid in Town

There is a "new kid in town", or rather a new networking site - Kind of like Pinterest, but strictly for handmade stuff - Crafters Lounge - I have signed up and am trying it out...

Go ahead, check it out...

29 Mar 15 - UPDATE:

Not sure yet if I like this new site...way too much advertising for my taste.  But, I will wait and see if it actually gets some traffic.

1 APR 15 - UPDATE:

I am optimistic today!  The good people over at Crafter's Lounge saw my post here and responded (see comments below).  I went right over to their site and it is improved!  No more flickering with all the ads.  I don't mind some ads, I understand the need.

Thank you, Crafter's Lounge for listening and for responding!

KnotGypsy is having a big BLOW-OUT SALE on Micro Macrame Jewelry!

I decided to have a big "BLOW-OUT SALE"!

I have placed over 30 pieces of finished jewelry on sale at my ArtFire shop.  Buy some for yourself or stock up on gifts...Here are just a few of the pieces featured:

Micro Macrame BRACELET - Spirals in Pink and Gray

 

 

 


Micro Macrame EARRINGS - Spiral Hoops w Drop in Black and Tan

 

 

 

 

 

Micro Macrame NECKLACE - StarBurst in Red Peach and Bronze

 

 

 

 

Micro Macrame BRACELET - Tapestry in Green

 

 

 

Micro Macrame PATTERN BUNDLES for greater savings!

I have lowered the prices on all my patterns and I am listing several "pattern bundles".  By grouping patterns together into "bundles", I can offer a "volume discount" on those patterns.

So far, I have created and listed the following bundles (I have plans for a couple more bundles over the next few days as well, so keep checking back):

 Tubular

Includes Tubular Necklace and Bangle Bracelet and Acorn Earrings.  Skill level:  Intermediate (some experience with double half-hitches needed)






Basic Angle and Gridlock Bracelets

Includes Basic Angle Bracelets and Gridlock Bracelet A - Learn how to make 8 different bracelets!  From Beginner to Intermediate skill levels...enough to keep you busy for quite some time!




Diamonds

Includes 4 patterns all based on the "Diamonds" knotting scheme (from beginner level to intermediate):

Basic Diamonds Jewelry Set
Casual Diamonds Bracelet
Arrow Bracelet
StarBurst Necklace and Earrings


 Fans

Includes Classic Fans Jewelry Set and Mosaic Fans Bracelets.  Mostly for intermediate skill level or advanced beginner - not too complicated, but needs some dexterity and practice with diagonal double half-hitches.




17-plus Micro Macrame Pattern Package

Let's not forget my best bundle - all my patterns!

I have lowered the price to just $18.00 for a limited time! - from now until the end of April 2015 when it will return to its original price of $25.00 (still a great price).

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Reorganization

I am currently reorganizing so all my patterns will be available at my Etsy shop only.  I am also lowering most of my prices and creating some "pattern packages" (2 or more patterns bundled together to save you money).

I am currently updating all the relevant posts to reflect this change and updating all my Etsy pattern listings.  Please be patient as I work to get this done.

Later, I will try to figure out a way to post the free patterns here on this website, but this will take some time.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like a copy of the following free patterns/tutorials, feel free to contact me (find contact form in sidebar):
  • The Basics
  • Spirals Anklet, Lariat Necklace, and Hoop Earrings
  • Original Waves Bracelet
Update:  I have lowered prices on my patterns and have updated all the relevant posts here on this website to redirect those interested to my Etsy shop.  Still working on putting together some bundles.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Creativity is a Process of Trying Things Out



Just a little while ago, I was having a conversation on Facebook about creativity.  Many people think they are not creative.  I disagree.  I think we are all creative.  I think it is part of what it is to be human.  Of course, we are not all creative in the same way.  Some are creative problem solvers in terms of human relations or in terms of fixing things, etc.  Some are creative in terms of arts and crafts. 

I think we often conflate creativity with talent.  Talent seems to be a particular resonance with a particular medium - like singing or drawing or athletics, etc.  Creativity is the process of thinking outside the box, of making associations and connections, leading to new ways of seeing things.  If we are lucky enough to find our talent (mine seems to be stringing beads and making knots), we can use our creativity to develop that talent.  But, first we must learn all the elements of our medium.  For me, it was learning all the knots and how they interact with each other and with beads. 

Then, it is just trying things.  Some of those things will work and some will not...or they will not work in the way we imagined.  But, with each thing we try, we learn something.  Then, we can use what we learned for the next project.  If we are afraid of making mistakes or failing, we block our creativity - So don't be afraid to make mistakes.  You should see my box of mistakes!

Case in point - I recently wanted to try some things with a necklace.  First I wanted to try a slightly different knotting scheme for "knotting in the round" as in my Tubular design.  And, I wanted to try mounting the cords on glass rings...like this:


It was okay, but not quite what I had in mind.  My husband tells me I was dissatisfied only because the necklace did not turn out quite like my mental image.  He may have a point.  I then decided to try another way of adding focal beads...like this:


I liked this much better.  So, I decided this would be an experimental necklace and continued to try some things...like how to finish a segment of tubular knotting with a glass ring (I think I can use this in a bangle bracelet to give it a near seamless finish), and how to keep it tight with a 10mm glass round followed by two alternating half-hitches.  Then, a few more 10mm glass rounds separated by alternating half-hitches for an interesting and flexible transition...


to tie offs of alternating half-hitches ending in tassels...like this:


All in all, once I made another necklace using what I had learned and got some distance from this necklace, I was able to appreciate this one more.  Sure, it did not turn out exactly the way I had envisioned and it has a few irregularities, but I still think it turned out pretty cool. 

And as for that second necklace,...



...the things I learned worked out quite well I think.  Although, I made a couple of mistakes and one new thing I tried did not work out quite well (in terms of structure).  Still, I am happy with it and I do believe I will keep it for myself.  

Then, I made matching earrings for both necklaces:



I have listed the Black and Gold Necklace and Earrings at my ArtFire shop.

I am planning on writing up a tutorial for the finalized necklace design along with the earrings and a bracelet (once I get one made and work out the details). 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Micro Macrame PATTERN/TUTORIAL - Tubular - Necklace and Bangle Bracelet




Project entails what I like to call "knotting in the round".  It takes a little practice to get into a rhythm with this one, but I think the results are well worth it!

Listing is for PATTERN/TUTORIAL ONLY. Photos of finished pieces are for illustration only.

Recommended skill level:  Intermediate (some skill with Double Half-Hitches needed)

Pattern/Tutorial includes instructions for Necklace with Pendant and Bangle Bracelet (6 pages with plenty of photos)...and a free copy of "The Basics" (11 pages of info on how to make the knots, materials used and sources, and helpful hints/tips).

Listing is for an E copy (electronic or digital copy - pdf) - Links for download immediately available after successful checkout

I provide continued support and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact information included in pattern.

$2.50 - Find Tubular Necklace and Bangle Bracelet Pattern at my Etsy Shop.

Micro Macrame PATTERN/TUTORIAL - Tapestry Bracelet


Challenging to make and interesting to look at, bracelet is worked in two layers.

Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

Listing is for PATTERN/TUTORIAL ONLY. Photos of finished pieces are for illustration ONLY.

Pattern includes instructions for Tapestry Bracelet (5 pages with plenty of photo).  And, a free copy of "The Basics" (11 pages of info on how to make the knots, materials used and sources, and helpful hints/tips).

Listing is for an E copy (electronic or digital copy - pdf) - Links for download immediately available after successful checkout.

I provide continued support and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact information included in pattern.

$1.50 - Find Tapestry Bracelet Pattern at my Etsy shop.

Micro Macrame PATTERN/TUTORIAL - StarBurst Necklace and Earrings


Listing is for PATTERN/TUTORIAL ONLY. Photos of finished pieces are for illustration ONLY.

Dramatic Fun to make and wear!

Pattern includes instructions for StarBurst Necklace and Earrings (7 pages long with plenty of photos).  And, a free copy of "The Basics" (11 pages of info on how to make the knots, materials used and sources, and helpful hints/tips).  

Recommended Skill level: Intermediate (some knotting and beading experience helpful).

Listing is for an E copy (electronic or digital copy - pdf) - Links for download immediately available after successful checkout.

I provide continued support and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact information included in pattern.

$3.00 - Find StarBurst Necklace and Earrings Pattern at my Etsy shop.

Micro Macrame PATTERN/TUTORIAL - Knot Squared Anklet with Drops




Flirty and Fun!

Recommended skill level: Beginner

Listing is for PATTERN/TUTORIAL ONLY. Photos of finished pieces are for illustration ONLY.

Pattern includes instructions for Knot Squared Anklet (5 pages with plenty of photos).  And, a free copy of "The Basics" (11 pages of info on how to make the knots, materials used and sources, and helpful hints/tips). 

Listing is for an E copy (electronic or digital copy - pdf) - Links for download immediately available after successful checkout.

I provide continued support and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact information included in pattern.

$1.50 - Find Knot-Squared Anklet Pattern at my Etsy shop.

Micro Macrame PATTERN/TUTORIAL - New Waves Bracelet


Listing is for PATTERN/TUTORIAL ONLY. Photos of finished pieces are for illustration ONLY.

Elegant and Easy - Just the way I like it! There are many ways to vary the beading - I show you two of them here. Enjoy discovering others for yourself.

"New Waves" is an updated version of the original "Waves" Bracelet. The new version contains instruction for two beading schemes (as mentioned above) and instructions for both clasp and button closure (7 pages with plenty of photos).  Also included is a copy of "Original Waves Bracelet" and, a free copy of "The Basics" (11 pages of info on how to make the knots, materials used and sources, and helpful hints/tips). 

Recommended skill level: Beginner - The trickiest part is the finish, but even that is not that difficult. It just requires a little practice and dexterity.

I provide continued support and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact information included in pattern.

Listing is for an E copy (electronic or digital copy - pdf) - Links for download immediately available after successful checkout.

$2.00 - Find New Waves Bracelet Pattern at my Etsy shop.

Micro Macrame PATTERN/TUTORIAL - Mosaic Fans Bracelet with Button Closure



Listing is for PATTERN/TUTORIAL ONLY. Photos of finished pieces are for illustration ONLY.

Pattern includes instructions for Mosaics Fans Bracelets with button closure and two different beading schemes (6 pages long with plenty of photos).  And, a free copy of "The Basics" (11 pages of info on how to make the knots, materials used and sources, and helpful hints/tips).

Recommended Skill level: Intermediate (some knotting and beading experience helpful).

Listing is for an E copy (electronic or digital copy - pdf) - Links for download immediately available after successful checkout.

I provide continued support and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact information included in pattern.

$2.00 - Find Mosaic Fans Bracelet Pattern at my Etsy shop.

Micro Macrame PATTERN/TUTORIAL - Lattice Earrings and Bracelet



Listing is for PATTERN/TUTORIAL ONLY. Photos of finished pieces are for illustration ONLY.

Pretty easy to make and lots of fun to wear!

Recommended skill level: Beginner

Pattern includes instructions for Lattice Earrings and Bracelet (6 pages with plenty of photos).  And, a free copy of "The Basics" (11 pages of info on how to make the knots, materials used and sources, and helpful hints/tips).

Listing is for an E copy (electronic or digital copy - pdf) - Links for download immediately available after successful checkout.

I provide continued support and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact information included in pattern.

$2.50 - Find Lattice Bracelet and Earrings Pattern at my Etsy shop.
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