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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...

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). 

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