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How did the party go in Portman Square?
I cannot tell you: Juliet was not there.
And how did Lady Gaster’s party go?
Juliet was next to me and I do not know.

– Hilaire Belloc

For the few days I worked on these art tags, I was taken back to the long summer days I spent at my grandmother’s house on the corner of Fifth and Plum street in Detroit.  It was perfectly fine to wile away the day with a shoe box full of my beloved paper dolls.  Whenever I tired of their wardrobe, I took to cutting out pages from my grandmother’s Time magazines.  Certainly not destined for a shoebox, I may need to fashion a tiny armoire to hang them in.

The macramé bodice was worked within a drawn outline, using vintage Mastex nylon cord in rose.  Starting at the top of the shoulders on both left and right sides simultaneously, I worked my way down to the bottom row of horizontal half hitches.  By the way, I use a whole lot of Euro-Notions Iris Swiss Super Fine pins to hold my tiny work in place.

Teeny Tiny Macrame Purse

So very teeny tiny macrame purse in the making. Actually it’s just a draft to calculate how large to make the velvet lining.

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Barbie with Macrame Purse

She walks in beauty like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

– Lord Byron

Just fooling around with the tiniest of macrame purses. My littlest granddaughter Tallulah loves her Barbie dolls. It’s amusing to watch her dress and undress them, or spend time folding some small cloth into a useful accessory. I sense she has a soft hand. Naturally I’m hoping she develops a heart for fabric and thread.

Barbie’s macrame purse is very simply knotted in one long rectangle then folded in thirds and sewn up the sides. I used Beadsmith cord size FFF along with matte gray triangle beads. The fringe ends were wrapped with sewing thread, then trimmed and Fray Checked. There is a silk lining that is not at all noticeable, and a sweet little brass chain that makes for a snazzy strap. All in all it’s pretty sturdy, so I think it will hold up well over time. Or in the blink of an eye when she becomes too old for Barbie, whichever comes first.

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.

Antique Miniature with Macrame

Sometimes I leave the antique store empty-handed, sometimes I score big time. Or in this case, tiny time. Because I just can’t get enough of all things miniature, I scooped up this 5″ Oriental chest of drawers. The little vase atop was purchased at a garage sale last summer for 25 cents. Some day I would like to house all my little things in something that is not really a dollhouse but would function as one. I’m still looking for that special cabinet or cupboard.

The macrame necklace (not fully shown) is one of my first attempts at micro-macrame knotting. It’s a sampler of knotting designs that I borrowed from one of my very first beading books, Exotic Beads by Sara Withers.

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I’m trying two altogether new things at once. I already mention one of them in my last post, the Cloth to Cloth quilt weaving class from Jude Hill. So far I’ve created two small fragments and I’m definitely pleased with the results.

The second, is a section of macrame worked on a little strip of linen woven in cross colors. This has really not turned out as spectacular as I had hoped. I pulled the warp threads out, and it turns out the weft threads are quite fragile for knotting. In any case, I’m hoping these two new things will get along with each other. Perhaps they will morph into one something, then again maybe not.

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2 Macrame Pieces in Progress

When I started these micro-macrame pieces I was aiming to create a soft organic shape, though I wasn’t really sure how I was going to go about executing it. After the first one I was so excited that my shape was so close to my idea that I started another one before finishing the first as a necklace. So here we are. Two in progress pieces that have yet to find their mates in pearls and pebbles, and one lady who is less in fear of approaching a new idea. When these are completed, I’ll be anxious to sketch and start anew.

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A goofy macrame start to bracelet

This is a macrame necklace I’ve been working on lately. Honestly my drawing started out very normal looking. A simple outline with place settings for my dangling pearls and pebbles. But there is a 4 year old in the house today and things went pink and purple and goofy stickery from there.

Like my last piece the macrame pattern is random with somewhat undulating curves and I’m liking it very much. I’ll be adding 1 or 2 more cord colors and hopefully some pebbles in darker green shades. I say hopefully because even with a brand new drill bit I’m having a really hard time drilling holes in these little green guys. Wondering what the corundum is this stuff! As for the gorgeous transparent gemstones I bought at a recent GL&W show, I’m ever so anxious to somehow incorporate these into this piece.

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Recently a friend asked for a hanging plant holder.  Hmmm I think the last time I made one was when I was 16.  Anyway, I gave it a go in hemp and got an idea for these miniature versions.  The beige one is the shortest at 8.5 cm and would fit a standard 1:12 dollhouse quite nicely.  The burgandy version is 10.5 cm and would fit better in a Barbie 1:16 dollhouse.

Oh yeah, that’s some tiny cord.  It’s beige Conso, size #69.  The thickness is about the same as buttonhole twist.  It’s a bit softer than I’m used to, so when I worked the tops and bottoms of the diamonds, I ran the cord through beeswax in order for the knots to hold. If you’re looking for a supplier, see stock list at Marion – Jewels In Fiber. The teensy weensy turquoise seed beads are 13/0 Cut Charlottes that I bought years ago at a bead show.

Now what’s a hanging plant holder without a hanging plant? Oh naive little me, I thought I could whip up a couple of spider plants jiffy quick.  I won’t go into my many failed attempts to create realistic leaves.  Suffice it to say that my final solution was a 49 cent grass leaf bunch from Michael’s Crafts.  This lovely grass even curls like curling ribbon.  There was a good deal of cutting, painting, curling, coating, then setting into air dry clay. Voila Spider Plants!

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I know this looks like an odd little assortment of macrame samples.  The thing is I need to start somewhere when a new idea pops into my head.  So I start small, cut 1 to 2 yards of cord and work a few inches.  This might seem like a lot of time to spend on nothing I can actually use, but in the long run I get a better idea of which colors work, how much cord I need and (most useful) how to work out the kinks of a new technique.  I even keep the shortie duds so I know what not to repeat.  It’s possible that I have more shorties than I have completed projects!  I keep telling myself that one of these days I’m going to pin all these little guys up on a pretty fabric board… ah well maybe someday.

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