Micro Macrame Jewlery, Tutorials, and KIts

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More Micro Macrame Kits Just Listed

As promised, I am back today to post some more news.

Yesterday, I listed some "Speckled Fans Jewelry Set" kits in a variety of colors.

And today, I listed some "Casual Diamonds Bracelet" kits in a variety of colors.  The include some really cool triangular metal buttons with a "Celtic Knot" motif that I found the last time Button Drawer had a big sale.  Appropriate, I thought.

Find them at both my Etsy and ArtFire shops.

By the way, did you notice I am experimenting with some new photos for my kits?  Picassa now has the capacity to make "collages" from photos.  I love it.  I think the collages make it "cleaner" looking and easier to see what the kit is for, especially in thumbnails.

I do have more to write about, but not sure if that will be tomorrow or sometime this weekend.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Finally, An Update!

I know, I know.  I've been bad.  I haven't written in so long.  But, I have been busy.
Where to start?  Wellllllll.....

I have been playing with knotting scheme used in my "Entrapped" bracelet that many of you remember:

That bracelet utilized a "knotting in the round" type of scheme.  So, I wondered where else I could take it.  As you probably remember, I had already tried it with the "Acorn" earrings:

Then, I played with this idea:

And then, I made this necklace for a contest over at Beads Perles.  I call it "Comets at Midnight".  I did not win, but I had a lot of fun and learned a lot about this knotting scheme.  If I were to make this necklace today, I would change a few things, but overall I think I like it.

I promise I will write more tomorrow, but Hubby is coming home soon and will want his turn at the internet.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Yes, I do Make Mistakes

It has recently come to my attention (thanks to one of my customers) that there was an error in the materials list for the basic "Diamonds Bracelet".

Where it states: size 6 seed beads Color B, 11 each, it should say 21 each.

I have corrected the master copy and all patterns sent out in future will include the correction.  And, I have added a comment to the "Pattern - Diamonds Jewelry Set" post in hopes that anyone who previously purchased that pattern will see it.

However, since I did not realize this typo, I have been filling kits with an insufficient amount of those beads.  Anyone having purchased such a kit and wanting the rest of the beads, please contact me and I will mail you some.

My sincere apologies for this error.  I am exceedingly grateful to the customers who let me know of these mistakes.  So, please, if ever you purchase one of my patterns or one of my kits and something seems wrong or you do not understand something, CONTACT ME!  I do make mistakes.  I try to catch them myself, but am not always successful (as you can see).  I really do appreciate people letting me know of my mistakes (so I can fix them) and I do not mind answering questions.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Materials and Sources

 Even though, I have posted several articles here on this website regarding the materials I use and where I get them (see "Materials and Sources" under "Categories" in sidebar), I still get questions...I realize that some of those questions are from people that may not have ever seen this website.  Soooo.....

I have just finished compiling all my "materials" information into one document.  I included links to where I get my materials - if document is viewed on your computer while you are online, just click on links to find the items.  I will henceforth be including this document along with "Basic Knots" and "Helpful Hints" with every pattern ordered.  Or, you can download the document on my "Free Pattern Downloads" page.

Monday, May 31, 2010

KITS-New Angle Bracelet

I have begun to list some kits for the new pattern "New Angle Bracelet".  So far, I have listed 2 for Version A (with bugle beads as in the blue bracelet shown in photo above) and 1 for Version B (with faceted crystal rounds as in the lime/yellow bracelet shown in photo below.  I have some more made up in both versions, and will list them as I have time.  (You know, daily life still goes on requiring cooking, errands, etc!)

Find them at both my Etsy  and ArtFire shops.  Enjoy!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Customer Results with Diamonds Bracelet Pattern

I have been saving this photo until after I published the upgraded version of "Diamonds" bracelet pattern.  The upgrade now includes instructions for Earrings and a Necklace.  This customer ("Ihni" - DeviantArt) showed me she had already figured out how to do the Earrings!  Great job.  I also like how she used the button closure and the large focal beads.

She illustrates the modularity of micro macrame.  In other words, you can mix and match the elements of pretty much any pattern.  Most of the patterns I write are based on basic knotting schemes with some tips on varying the elements like bead size, adding or omitting rows of beads, etc.  The possibilities are near limitless.

Keep up the good work "Ihni"!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Pattern - New Angle Bracelet

I have just finished writing up the pattern for the "New Angle" bracelet!  I had planned on saving this one for a book I wanted to write.  However, with our precarious situation, I decided to go ahead and write it up now.  I will just have to come up with new designs for that book (if I ever the opportunity to write it)!

Simple Elegance.  "New Angle" presents an opportunity to practice Double Half-Hitches.  Recommended for intermediate knotters or beginners who catch on fast.  It is not a complicated design (except the transition to the button hole).  It is just a bit tricky getting the knots to be uniform.  This pattern includes instructions for Version "A" (the green, red, and gold bracelets with bugle beads) and Version "B" (the lime and yellow bracelet with faceted round focal beads).  Materials list is for an 8 inch bracelet.

Edited to add and amend:

As always, I provide continued support and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Find answers and post questions at here at www.knotgypsydesigns.com. Just click on "Patterns" under
"Categories" in sidebar. Scroll to this "New Angle Bracelet Pattern" listing to find or post applicable comments. Or, you may contact me directly (email address also included in pattern).

This pattern is now available in the following online shops:

KnotGypsy's Pattern Shop - available for download immediately after checkout and at a reduced price (since I don't have to spend time emailing...)

My Etsy Shop in the "Just the Patterns" section.

My ArtFire Studio in the "Patterns" section.

Note:  This pattern has not yet been added to my Package Deal "All 10 patterns at one Price" listings yet.  Probably next week some time...

I will try to get some kits together this weekend for this new pattern...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

KITS - Diamonds Jewelry Set

I have just finished listing the kits I have made up for the "Diamonds Jewelry Set".  

Find them at both my Etsy and ArtFire shops.

There is a variety of kits:

Some for just the earrings or bracelet...

and even one for just the necklace

 as well as several for the entire set (at a special price).


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pattern - Diamonds Jewelry Set

Finally.  Finally I have finished upgrading the "Diamonds" Bracelet Pattern to "Diamonds" Jewelry Set as it now includes instructions for Earrings and a Necklace as well as the bracelet with button closure and with lobster claw clasp.  I really hope you all like it.

The Basic Bracelet (with the button closure) is a fairly easy bracelet to make and lots of fun. The Variations include instructions for Bracelet with lobster claw clasp, Earrings, and a Necklace. They are a bit trickier and may require some experience with micro macrame - which you can get with the Basic Bracelet! I also provide tips on varying the cord and the focal beads.

I have already updated my Pattern Shop (at a reduced price and available for immediate download after checkout), my Etsy shop, and my ArtFire shop,

I do have some kits already made up and photographed.  Some are for individual pieces (i.e. bracelet, earrings, necklace) and some for the the package deal.  I don't think I can get them listed tonight.  I will do that tomorrow.  I  have been busy all day editing photos, making collages, writing, formatting, and updating the pattern listings, I am just plum tuckered out.

So, check back tomorrow evening for the kits.

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Plan

I am finding it a bit time consuming to post bargains individually.  So that I can spend more time finishing that Diamonds pattern update and putting more kits up, I am changing strategy.  Flexibility is the key, right?

As of today:

1.  All previously marked down items will remain marked down until further notice.

2.  All prices (except for patterns, kits, and previously marked down items) will be negotiable.  If you have your eyes on a special item, just contact me and make an offer.  We can negotiate from there.

So, bye for now.  I gotta get back to work.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Daily Bargain #4

Sorry I missed posting yesterday's bargains.  I was busy with other things.  One of the things keeping me busy is that I am working on revising the "Diamonds" bracelet pattern to include instructions for earrings and a necklace.  I already have a bunch of kits made up for this revision and I have even photographed them.  Once I get the instructions finalized, I will be listing the revised pattern and the kits.  This may take a few days as I am also busy with some tasks unrelated to the "jewelry thing". 
So, on to today's bargains!

Victorian Lace Earrings - Lime and Cream - Marked down from $12.00 to $6.00.

 Wavy Diamonds NECKLACE - Green and Teal - Marked down from $32.00 to $25.00.

 "Arrow" BRACELET - Chocolate Caramel Delight - Marked down from $32.00 to $25.00.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Daily Bargain #3

In keeping with previous post,

Today's Bargains:

New Angle Bracelet "Springtime Plaid" - Marked down from $35.00 to $25.00.

 "Victorian Lace" Earrings in Brown and Purple - Marked down from $12.00 to $6.00.

 "Diamond Fans" Set (Necklace, Earrings, and Bracelet) - Marked down from $125.00 to $75.00.

"Spirals" Anklet in Tropical Aqua - Marked down from $12.00 to $6.00.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Daily Bargain

As I explained in a previous post, I am slashing prices.  Every day, I will place a few more items ON SALE.  

Here are today's bargains:
 (Note:  Previous bargains will remain in effect until further notice)

Two-Tone "Fans" Earrings in Purple - Marked down from $18.00 to $10.00.

 "New Angle" Bracelet in Gold - Marked down from $42.00 to $25.00

"Victorian Lace" Earrings in Purple and Green - Marked down from $12.00 to $8.00.

"Victorian Lace" Necklace and Earrings Set in Blue - Marked down from $45.00 to $30.00.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Save Big on Selected Jewelry Items!

We have recently experienced a financial setback.  My Sweetie lost his job last week. 

In an effort to raise money to see us through, I am going to put a lot of my finished jewelry ON SALE.  Every day, I will be marking down some pieces at my various shops.  I will post the bargains here with links to make it easy to find them. 

So if ever you wanted a piece of my jewelry, now is the time to get it.  Keep watching for that special deal.  OR, if there is a special piece you have been wanting, contact me (see profile in sidebar) and I will try to work out a special price for you.


  Diamonds Bracelet in Red and Purple - Marked down from $25.00 to $15.00.

Wavy Diamonds Bracelet and Earrings Set in Black - Marked down from $58.00 to $30.00.

  Spirals Lariat Necklace in Aqua and White - Marked down from $45.00 to $20.00.

Spirals Anklet in Gray and Yellow - Marked down from $12.00 to $6.00.

Waves Bracelet - Cherry Blossom - Marked down from $35.00 to $20.00

Saturday, May 15, 2010

New Criss Cross Bracelet Kits

I have just listed some more kits!  Five different "Criss Cross Bracelet" kits available at both my Etsy and ArtFire shops.  Enjoy!

Photo below is an example of finished bracelet:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

More Kits!

YES!  My bead order came in and I have been busy putting together some more kits.  And, yes, I am having such fun playing with them.

Today, I have listed a couple of "Speckled Fans Set" kits.  Each kit includes the instructions and all the materials needed to make the "speckled" version (as in photo above) with teardrops in the earrings and necklace (as in photo below).  Find them at both my Etsy and ArtFire shops.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More Micro Macrame Kits!

I have just finished listing some more kits:

 "Spirals Anklet or Bracelet"

and "Serpentine Bracelet"

Find them at both my Etsy and ArtFire shops.

Look what Someone did with some of my Patterns!

One of my customers did a great job combining beading and knotting schemes from my "Serpentine Bracelet", "Fans Bracelet" and "Fans Earrings".  She has a Facebook Fan Page - Justabeadin - and has posted photos of her micro macrame jewelry as well as some very beautiful beadwork using other techniques.  Check her out!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Serpentine Bracelet Kits

I found a couple of "Serpentine Bracelet" kits in my stash that I had forgotten about.  They are now listed in both My Etsy Shop and My ArtFire Studio.  Enjoy!

New "Arrow Bracelet" Kits are Ready!

I finally got some more kits put together.  This time I made up some "Arrow Bracelet" kits.  They have been listed and are available at both my Etsy Shop and my ArtFire Studio.  Enjoy! 

I expect to be making a bead order soon...then more kits on the way.

Friday, April 2, 2010

New "Waves" Bracelet Kits are Ready!

 As promised, I got some "Waves" Bracelet and Earrings Kits put together and have just finished listing them in my Etsy and ArtFire Shops.  Some listings are for bracelet only and some are package deals with bracelet and earrings materials. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Just a Few Lines to Let You Know...

I do realize I am running low on kits in both shops (Etsy and ArtFire).  It is because they have been selling pretty well but I have not been able to make a bead order in some time.  We ran into some unexpected expenses in Jan and Feb (auto repairs and veterinary bills).  Thankfully, we had the "cushion" to pay for it all, but have since needed to replenish that cushion (in case another unexpected expense comes around). 

I do have some beads and will be making up what kits I can manage from my stash.  Some of the patterns, of course, need particular beads and I am low on many of those.  I plan on being able to make a new bead order in the next couple of weeks so I can then make up kits for those patterns that require certain beads.

I briefly considered rebuilding my website over at Google Sites as it had some features I really liked.  But Blogger has recently added some features that solve the same problems...So, I am happily staying with Blogger.  I do love Blogger and am happy about the new features.  I have since given this site a facelift and will continue to work on it in the days and weeks to come.  Do you like it so far?

As many of you have probably noticed, I have been posting photos on some new designs...No, I am not planning on writing up patterns for them as yet - I am planning on writing an e-book!  This may take some time, but check back from time to time and I will post updates on progress.

This has been a pretty intense year so far!  Aside from the auto problems (we ended up getting a second car) and veterinary problems (my fat cat had some health issues), one of my (other) cats was hit and killed by a car a couple of weeks ago, a friend has had some crises and needed my help, and my dear hubbie hurt his back (yes, he is on the mend).  As the saying goes "It's always something!"

Well, I guess I should get busy trying to put together some kits...Bye for now

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Knot News - Mar 2010

As many of you already know, I have joined Facebook! I am enjoying it far more than I expected. I even got caught up in a couple of games - Farmville and Cafe World. To join me (and hopefully add me as a friend, just look in my sidebar and scroll down till you find the facebook widget with my smiling face). I have also created a page for KnotGypsy Designs. You can find that widget in the sidebar as well and become a fan. Hope to see you all there!

Then, as I was surfing one day, I stumbled upon a new venue - 1000 markets. I checked it out and liked what I saw. It is for handmade items ONLY. No supplies, no patterns, no kits. It is also a "juried" venue which means I had to be approved. So I joined. set up shop, and submitted it for approval. It took about a day of holding my breath, but I was accepted! You can find my new shop at www.knotgypsydesigns.1000markets.com.

Today, I found a widget that will allow visitors to this site to share articles from this website on Facebook and on Twitter. Find that widget in the sidebar just under Category listings.

What can I say? I am sure I am forgetting something, but I am getting older and so my memory goes on vacation at times (without me!). I'll write more when and if I remember it. Bye for now, my beads are calling me.

More "New Angle" bracelets

I have been having so much fun with the new design series "New Angle"! I wondered what it would look like to make the double half-hitches go "in-line" rather than as a "cross bar". I also wanted to use some bugle beads...

Well, I think it worked out well as seen in this first bracelet in gold. This one has been listed at my new "1000 markets" shop (will son get around to listing the others as well):

Then, I made a couple of narrower bracelets - in Red and in Green. I also added an extra row of seed beads between rows of bugle beads:

And last but not least, I wanted to try faceted focals instead of the bugle beads. I really love the look of this one. It is a little trickier to knot, but I think it was worth it:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A "New Angle" Design Series

I have been playing with beads again. First, I did a little more experimentation with the concept of "Entrapped" with this pair of earrings. My friend's daughter says they look like "Acorns", so that is what I will call them.

Then, I had to see what would happen if I finished the "Wavy Diamonds" earring with fringe instead of a "drop".

Then, I got ambitious and began playing around with a new design -"New Angle".

First, a prototype - This collar necklace in blue and purple was just beginning. I tried a small progression in stringing the "centerpiece" and it just does not quite do it for me. But, I do love the colors and the basic concept. Here is the prototype:

Then, a Choker, using a more aggressive progression in stringing that "centerpiece" and making it wider with 3 colors of cord and beads, here is what I came up with. I am quite happy with this one.

I am hoping to write an e-book (possibly for hard copy as well if I can find a publisher). My plans are to include this design in the book along with several other ideas I have in mind. This could take me awhile, so please be patient.
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