Monday, July 27, 2009

A Treasury of Macrame Owls

Every so often I go back to this site, A Treasury of Macrame Owls to have a good chuckle at Bill's vast collection. He features a veritable cornucopia of those winged darlings that flocked to our back porches, hallways and powder rooms in the 1970's and took roost to watch over us with their wonky googly eyes.
Which one is your favorite?

Over the weekend I taught a workshop on creating micro-macrame owl earrings. Here are some of my students' first endeavors:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Aspen Choker Tutorial

The tutorial for the Aspen Choker featured on the cover of Micro-Macramé: 30 Beaded Designs for Jewelry Using Crystals and Cords is now available online. It features a supply list, step-by-step instructions and lots and lots of color photographs to help you learn how to create this sparkly, stained glass-like modular choker. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Joan Babcock has eProjects!!!

Ohhh, take a look at Joan Babcock's new web site and her eProjects page! I am glad to see she is offering nylon cords as well as her wonderful kits and DVD.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Lorenzo Riva

Just a quick note to show you just how very fashionable macramé truly is:
On the Fashion and Runway site, a collection by Lorenzo Riva features a lacy dress which they're calling macrame. - see for yourself.

The article reads "Macramé is the choice for the cocktail party where elegantly rounded shapes are emphasized"... Hmm. What do you think? Is it macramé or some other laceform?

On another note an update on my tutorial: I am busy at work peyote-stitching a cabochon for another Aspen choker. I should have it finished by the weekend.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Focus for this Week

This week I am going to focus on shooting a video or two describing how to do a diagonal double half hitch knot for micro-macrame projects. I am also going to put together a free lesson on this project: The "Aspen Choker" lesson will be in pdf format and will have lots of color photos and step-by-step instructions. It will be downloadable from my web site, but I'll put a link to that page on this blog. While it is featured on the cover of the Micro-macramé book, it is a combination of techniques found within the book that perhaps aren't that easily intuited. In the end, I don't want anyone who buys my book to feel like they're missing any of the good stuff! So give me a couple of days and I'll get it posted.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Wire Macrame

There's a talented artist named Melanie Miljan on Etsy who works with semi-precious stones and silver wire and to create wire macrame jewelry. Check out her iolite and sterling silver bracelet - nice design, yes?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Work of Jeanne Wertman

Jeanne Wertman lives in Ohio and is a multi-talented textile artist. Take a look at her beautiful designs on this web site. You can also see more of her work here.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Macrame Towels in Brazil

On Teresa's blog Cantinho da Teresa she shows terry cloth towels macramed to the hilt! Here are all of her magnificent macrame towel blog entries.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Macrame Headboards

Those Fiber Form & Fantasy folks reign supreme! When I saw this Bali Hi headboard I sooo wanted it! It has even got that undulating leaf pattern arching around the center! And the matching swag lamp! Baby, for 1977, that's swinging!

And they truly outdid themselves in their sequel to Opus 1 with this ever so charming guest bedroomy Tailored to Taste headboard.

But the pièce de résistance is their Sundowner Headboard within the pages of the second booklet:

Oh la la la la. I think these headboards are perhaps the inspiration for the preponderance of Dreamcatchers in the 80's...