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macrame of Denisse Marianela Vera

This is the work of the very talented Denisse Marianela Vera. Gorgeous and drapey sublimation printed fabrics paired up with ancient macramé at Unidentified Lines for Spring/Summer 2013.

One more thing (she said sheepishly)… about 6 months ago I started creating a new page and really it should not have taken this long but TADA!, finally a new menu item above “Knot Basics” is ready for prime time.  I really needed to get that part done first so I could finish a particular tutorial I promised a couple of readers about a hundred years ago.  Without it I’m afraid the tutorial would be dramatically long.  Keep a look out as this tab will be a continuous work-in-progress while I add new (or update previous) pages.  I really hope you find them helpful!

cass and andy

I couldn’t help reminiscing about Andy Williams death today.  He was one of my mother’s favorite singers while I was growing up, along with Johnny Mathis, Perry Como and a few others crooners.  My mother worked full time in a book bindery.  On the weekends she loved to play all her favorite LP’s on a portable suitcase record player while attending to the house, the kids and my dad.

Reading through one of his tribute articles I happened upon a YouTube video of Andy, Cass Elliot, Elton John (in his early 20’s), and Ray Charles.  Don’t you dig Cass Elliot’s elaborate macrame collar that sways so gracefully as she walks!

jungjung

jungjung knitted work

jungjung knitted leaves

For the love of chocolate pinwheels, it’s been so long since I posted here that I just about forgot my password this morning.  Excuses, excuses… my day job has been in high gear for months and I recently lost my pc to an untimely capacitor cancer.  Well, wonderfully it looks like my work life is slowing down and I can devote some time to work on something new.

Trolling for inspiration, I happened upon these impossibly beautiful knitted lace pieces that I just had to share.  Simple but stirring is jungjung.jp. Enjoy.

jimmy choo

Jimmy Choo Macrame Heels

Oh so beautiful macrame shoes.  Incredibly high heels.  Finally, a model who demonstrates exactly how to maneuver a stairway in these gorgeous stilettos. Scootching down delicately, yep that’s how I would do it.

Images from elle magazine

looking closely

Oliver Yaphe Serge Mouille Lamps

At first glance this was a shot of a simple but modern room highlighting the Serge Mouille lamps.  But if you look really really closely, there in the far right corner, yes there it is, a vintage macrame hanging shelf unit come back to life!

There’s something lovely and comforting in this contrast of vintage and new furnishings that have been combined to create something so cool.  I even love the fringe balls dangling from the bedspread.  Mostly I appreciate that someone found something old, something made by hand, and found it still of value today.

Images from oliveryaphe.com

passageways

Macrame Windows

In my all too frequent trolloping about the internet, I’ve saved these macrame lovelies for my own enjoyment.  I hope you enjoy them too.

Ancient doorway with macrame curtain, of all places via the sartorialist.

Stock photo of beautiful stone doorway available here and here and here.

Modern French window via mary lena’s blog.

stairways

Lute Suites hotel stairs

Macrame Stairs by Angel Otero

I know it’s silly but sometimes I do searches on macrame with words that I would not ordinarily put together in the same sentence. What would happen if I combined macrame with stairs? I found these interesting hotel stairs located inside the Lute Suites, Netherlands and even more interesting “Macrame Stairs”, tar on paper design by artist Angel Otero.

Images from www.s4c.co.uk & kavigupta.com/artist/angelotero

sally england

Sally England Wall Hanging

Digging Sally England’s clean and simple macrame wall hangings and room dividers. Originally from Michigan, Sally is an artist that primarily works with fibers and textiles. In an excerpt from workplacepdx.com: “Her belief is that craft can be an antidote to our newly found shrinking attention spans and obsessions with technology, and that it can calm and enlighten in a way that almost nothing else can.” – Hey kids (some particular kids I know), put that Xbox controller down and grab some big cord!

Isha Elafi Necklace

I’ve been much too absent of late. I’ll spare you the lame excuses but one of them involved an accidental electrical incident that put my pc in a tizzy. Anyway, I hope to make it up with this really special piece from Isha Elafi. Harkening back to a Tuscon gem show I attended some years ago, I happened upon a booth that blew my macrame mind to pieces. One of two necklaces I bought that day, this one is my favorite. I love the combination of peridot green and purple and turquoise. It seems the colors of an early Spring garden.

Monsoon Ombre Macrame Crossbody Bag

I’ve never been one of those big blingy purse carriers. Oh sure, I’ll carry a tote or my backpack if I’m cargo ladened, but usually I have my cell phone in my left jean pocket, my wallet in my right jean pocket and I’m good to go. If I carry a purse I want one that’s small and cute. So I’m simply adoring this “Ombre Macrame Crossbody Bag” available on Monsoon. Love the little size, about 9″ wide x 8″ high, and I love a little zipper that keeps things from spilling out into my car.

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