vintage poppy jasper

Macrame Necklace with Vintage Poppy Jasper Donut

All the things we hide in water
hoping we won’t see them go—
(forests growing under water
press against the ones we know)—

and they might have gone on growing
and they might now breathe above
everything I speak of sowing
(everything I try to love).

– Annie Finch


Is there a bit of mystery to what seems a floating donut? No, not really, there’s a hole drilled through the back side. I bought it about 20 years ago and wore it hanging from a simple macrame cord fashioned out of a medly of rayon embroidery thread, à la friendship bracelet style.

I love bringing vintage beads back to life with a brand new design. Or in this case a new take on the v-neck design I finished with a chain last week. This one has been completed for some time, so I thought I’d better hurry up and post before I gift it. The donut and little bead near the clasp are both Poppy Jasper, the zig-zag of cords are all Conso, the beads are size 11 seed beads and 4mm fire polish in garnet, and the gold filled chain was made from my own cut links.

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  1. Hi there, my gran has asked me to ask if there is any way she could get a tutorial on how to do ends of the necklace like what you have done here.
    Many thanks Carrie

    *please note that she uses satin cord*


    1. Carrie,
      Here’s the Readers Digest Condensed version. Right about the time you still have 1-1/2 inches more to go before attaching the clasp or jump ring just stop at that point. Let’s call this “point A”. I slip all my cords through a jump ring or end of clasp about 1-1/2 inches away from “point A”. Flip your work around so that your ring is at top and your knots are at the bottom. Start knotting square or half knots. At this point you are working back towards “point A”. When you reach “point A” finish off by whatever method you like to end your work, be it gluing, melting, or weaving. I have not done this using satin cord but I have used it with hemp cord which can be just as thick. Let me know how this works for you.
      Happy knotting,



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