About

Monica Sue is one very happy lady living in Dearborn, MI.  I’ve been sewing and crafting since childhood.  Yes there have been the proverbial cross-stitching, crocheting, knitting, quilting, lampwork, and beading phases.  And now after many years of wandering around the isles of just about every craft store on the planet, I am stuck on the symmetry of macramé.  It is fiber and math and dimension all rolled into one and I’m smitten with it!

Though I will surely digress from craft to craft, you are welcome to wander along with me as I endeavor to expand on this knotted art form.

  1. what a beautiful website you have. I am wondering where to find the best tutorials to make pieces like the Isha Alifi necklaces, do you have any ideas? is there a book that teaches these intricate techniques? I love her work.
    I do needleweaving which people think is macrame, but of course, it is not, but similiar..thanks so much
    rhianne

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    1. Hi Rhianne,
      Thank you for visiting my site. I too love Isha Alafi pieces. Her work is unlike any other macrame artist. However, her micro-macrame technique is the same all over the world. What sets her pieces apart are the rich silver components and color compositions. If you could flip her pieces over you would notice one of her secrets is how she incorporates the Bali silver into her design. Some of the components have channels that allow for secure attachment. I have never seen these available through any distributor, so she may have a special relationship with a Bali silversmith. You could try using a multi-hole spacer to achieve a similar look.
      For inspiration I would recommend an old issue of Bead & Button from October 2003, Issue #57. It is available as a back issue on Bead&Button web site. There is a an article called “A berry nice bracelet” with silver and gemstone that you would love. I would also recommend online shopping at Nina Designs. I have loved everything I have ever purchased through them! BTW, I am not affiliated with Nina Designs in any way.
      Peace,
      Monica
      P.S. I love your email address because it reminds me of Psalms 90:12
      – Teach us how to count our days So that we may acquire a heart of wisdom.

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    2. Just ran across your site since some of my stuff showed up in a search. You have a link to my old Google blog site which is closed. I do have a website (www.tomknots.com) that has a link to my Picasa knot gallery if you want to update. I have branched out from basic knotting (including some macrame) and done some ply-split braiding and more recently framed twining work. I like the macrame work but not so much working with lots of cords at one time – same for the ply-split braiding and ended up doing the frames filled with twining. Including having to make the cords which I picked up from my adventure in ply-splitting. I really like working with color. Any way I enjoy your site and will be checking in from time to time. Thanks – Tom

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      1. Hi Tom,

        Thank you for your comment. I have changed my link to direct to your new site. I took a peek at your impressive photo gallery. You do beautiful work. Being a seamstress foremost, I especially loved your black and red chatelaine.

        Cheers,
        Monica

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      2. Hi Monica
        I am a fellow knotter & live in Novi. Have wanted to meet other macrame artists. I ve. Done macrame since the 70s. Hangings. Sculptural hangings. Sculptural hangings within sculptural hangings. Sold macrame swings at Habitat Galleries in the 70s. Following my kids to sports, piano lessons, dance had to work portable & smaller. Got into micro macrame jewelry. Do lots of art gallery shows & have been published in Belle Amoire Magazine. Please reply. Ps. Grew up in Dearborn. Graduated from Dearborn High. Love your blog!!!!!

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        1. Hi Pat,
          I apologize for the long delay in answering this post. I simply have not been paying as much attention to this blog as I should be. Delighted to hear from you! After a very short search I was able to see your work from your Pinterest board. I do love the textural, sculptural aspect of your macramé designs.
          I have lived in Dearborn for almost 29 years but I am moving to Adrian in 2-3 weeks. I don’t know what the future holds but since I quit my job I’ve already devoted more time to macramé in the last couple of weeks than I have done in the last year! So I’m excited to move and to post more to this blog thingy.
          Thanks for getting in touch with me. If you go to the October Bead Bonanza in Southfield, maybe we could meet up there.
          Cheers,
          Monica

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        2. Hi Monica,

          I love the bracelet you have as a home page image…is the pattern for that somewhere? It looks like a person with not much micromacrame could do it (that would be me!). I did macrame back in the 70s…but love the way it’s incorporated now into beaded jewelry. Would like to try.

          Thanks!
          joan 🙂

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          1. Joan,
            Since you are a tatter I think you would be able to copy my bracelet easy peasy. The closest variation is a necklace on page 64 of “The New Macrame” by Katie Dumont. Just add beads onto your cords where they flare out.
            Thanks for stopping by!
            Cheers,
            Monica

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          2. Hi

            Do you remember a gal that use to have pay tutorials for a lot of macrame jewelry. She was from Catalina Island in California.

            What books or sites do you recommend for learning micro macrame and Cavolini * not spelled right==I know of Joan Babcock, Larsen and Sherry.

            Thanks Janice

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            1. Janice,
              I think you might be referring to White Swan on-line micro-macrame classes. I took one of those great classes myself many years ago. The artist you listed are also my favorites. Along with Jeanne Wertman, Isha Elafi, Irina Serbina, and Kristine Buchanan. I’m a serious collector of old books and pamphlets from ebay, etsy and dusty old book stores. That’s where I get most of my new ideas for starting/finishing ends of projects and that always sets me off in a whole new direction. Thanks for visiting!
              Cheers, Monica

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            2. Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues.
              When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet
              Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
              Other then that, great blog!

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            3. Thank you for the clear bracelet tutorial. I would also like to know if you sell a pattern for the beautiful bracelet at the top of your blog. Or can you provide more information about the types of knots you used in it? Thanks!

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            4. Monica,
              Your pieces are beautiful. I do both ceramics and am beginning with macrame. I love the moon choker/necklace that you made. Did you make the pendant also? Do you ever sell similar works?
              Thank you and happy Crafting:) I look forward to looking at your posts more.

              Louise

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              1. Hi Louise,
                Thank you for visiting. I picked up the moon face while at the Tuscon Gem Show many years ago. At the moment I’m not offering much to sell. Partly because this is a time consuming art, and it is near impossible to recoup the labor involved. Partly because there is so much love involved that I prefer to give away as gifts to friends.
                Thank you for your sweet words,
                Monica

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              2. Monica, thank you for your tutorial on how to get started with macrame! I too love the design displayed at the top of your website and was so excited to read your reply to someone that you would soon post a tutorial for it! But i cant find it so i was wondering if you could post the link please? Or maybe a link to where to buy it from you if you changed your mind:) Thank you so much!

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              3. Monica,
                I love the easy macrame bracelet pattern & instructions. Can you tell me using the c-lon tex 400 cord how wide the bracelet is, I have plans for some hand blown glass beads and would like to decide if they are right for this project. Also, how can I adjust the width of the bracelet if I need too?

                Thanks,
                Marivita

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              4. Where can I purchase the pattern of the bracelet pattern at the top of this page, smitten by a knot? Thank for your pictures of all the beautiful micro
                macrame jewelry. Please help me with the purchase of the pattern.
                Thank you, wendie

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                1. I would love to buy the pattern as well!

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                2. Hi, Monica…
                  The bracelet at the top of your blog and the orange one you did are so gorgeous… I’ve been searching the web for a pattern, but no luck so far. Happy to purchase it if you can direct me!
                  Thanks so much.

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                  1. I agree. That’s the coolest bracelet. I’d love to learn how to make it or buy it.

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                  2. I also use http://www.store.jewelsinfiber.com/index.html for all my C-lon cording needs. I did have a few issues with one of the colors I order from them. The cording was darker than I had expected it to be, but they were fantastic and allowed me to exchange it for another.

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                  3. I really appreciate your bracelet making tutorial. I’ve been making clay beads with my grand kids and want to use them to make your bracelets.

                    I’m new at beading and would like to know a supplier of the c-lon tex 400 bead cord where I can see it before I buy any. I”m making bracelets for the kid’s school whose colors are purple and gold (not so easy to find). So far all I’ve found are internet suppliers.

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                    1. Hi Donna,
                      So glad you like the tutorial! I too am buying C-Lon through internet sources. I especially love the color charts at http://www.store.jewelsinfiber.com/index.html. That’s usually where I shop as well. Sounds like you already looked around at your local beading stores. I have not found them stocked at most big box craft stores, so the only other source I can suggest is an annual or semi-annual bead show near you. By the way, Marion Jewels In Fiber sells color chart cards in quanties of 8 color cards for $4. Uh oh I fear I’m starting to sound like a commercial for Marion. You could also try Caravan Beads, the producers of C-Lon. They’re located in Portland, ME; Chicago, Il; and Wilmington, NC.
                      Hope this helps, Monica

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                    2. Hi Monica! I too have been craft crazy sense my Mom taught me to knit when I was just 6. I have also been making and selling jewelry for the past few years. I’ve become obsessed with men’s (and women’s) leather bracelets. Finally I came across your tutorial for “easy macrame bracelet”. It was easy and I want MORE!!!! Why is it so hard to find pattern books for
                      this? Any suggestions? Thank you for the easy to understand instructions and thanks to all the comments from your followers! Helped me avoid those uhooo moments.

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                      1. Hi Cheryl,
                        Try Googling some of the great contemporay macrame artists like Sandy Swirnoff, Bernadette Mahfood, Joan Babcock, and Kristine Buchanan. Some of them offer books and classes. You might like to get a copy of Beaded Macrame Jewelry: Stylish Designs, Exciting New Materials, by Sherri Haab.
                        My all-time favorite resource for patterns and books are vintage books/booklets available on ebay and etsy. This summer I found a cute little booklet at a garage sale. While I was browsing around the sale, it seemed to me that the family members didn’t see the value in their granny’s craft library and they were selling everything off for very little. Have fun and thank you for visiting!
                        Cheers, Monica

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                      2. Monica,

                        Do you share your pattern for the bracelet at the top of your website? It’s so pretty, and since I’m a beader, I’d love to try it and have it for my own. Thanks.

                        I’ve enjoyed your website.

                        Zelta

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                      3. Thank you for your lovely comments about my skirt embellishments. I love what you are doing with macrame. Your jewelry is so beautiful! Hard to focus on one thing sometimes when there are so many others pulling at one’s creative imagination, but it looks like you have “arrived”. I will be back for further exploration.

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