Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy Anniversary to Me Book Giveaway!

Well, Happy Anniversary to this blog, at least. In celebration of one year's worth of blathering on about knotty things, I am giving away one free copy of my book Micro-Macrame: 30 Beaded Designs for Jewelry Using Crystals and Cords to the lucky person who can best tell me what it is they like most about micro-macrame as an art form. Please leave your answer in the comments field below...Perhaps you were inspired by acrylic plant hangers in your Grandmama's back garden, or liken micro-macrame to those Victorian mourning brooches made from the hair of the dearly departed...give it a shot! Tell me what makes micro-macrame so grand to you!
The drawing for the book will held be on January 1, 2010, so you have 4 days to come up with your answer! What a great way to start the new year!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tracking Down C- Lon in the UK

Search Press has picked up the UK rights to my book on micro-macrame and will set it out on British bookshelves in February of 2010. One of the big "you-ought-to-know-this-since-you're-such-an-expert" questions the publishers asked me was "Do you know of any UK jewelry suppliers or stores that carry micro-macrame cords?" Well, uh, no, I don't. Not really. I began my research by scanning advertisements in beading magazines from the UK, scrounging around on the 'Net, and indulging in obscure divination techniques, but didn't come up with all that many suppliers. Slim pickins'...?
Lo and behold, this morning I happened upon one shop in Lichfield that carries C-Lon cord: The Spellbound Bead Company.
If any readers of this humble blog come across any other British bead suppliers that carry micro-macrame supplies, give me a shout.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Few Encouraging Words from Domicile Interior Design

Get your macrame on! According to Domicile, it will make you feel better!

Minikinpo's Macrame

I came across a reference to a macrame artist who lives in the Yunnan district in China named Minikinpo.
Love the color combos in these freeform bracelets:

She's great at enclosing cabochons as you can see.

Friday, December 11, 2009

This 'n That

Check out Coco's Jewelry on Etsy for this lovely macrame bracelet and other goodies.

I've become intrigued by an artist who tats with micro-macrame cording (instead of tatting thread) on this website - TATBiT TaTs

Like Selfridges, the Australian company Bloom Cosmetics has installed some large-scale macrame pieces in their flagship store's windows.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

What Ever Happened to...?

That macrame surf-wear outfit created by the Project Runway team of Irina and Johnny in Episode 3 that aired last summer?
It was won in an online auction by a gal who promptly took it over to some other enthusiastic Runway fans who had to try it on and snark their two cents worth. Poor darlings. Read Real People in "Project Runway" Clothes (AKA: How to Lose Your Self-Worth in One Easy Outfit) for a giggle!