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Swallowtail Butterfly Knot Charms Now Available!

These butterfly charms have become my instant new favorite, as I’m sure they will be yours.

Butterflies are recognized the world over as symbols of joy, life & love. These beautiful butterflies are knotted in the Chinese tradition, with a central Mystic Knot. Otherwise known as the Pan Chang, this knot dates back thousands of years in Asian culture, and is considered one of the eight Buddhist treasures. An extremely auspicious symbol, the Mystic Knot is said to bring happiness both to the wearer, as well as all who view it.

The wings of the butterfly are interwoven with Josephine Knots (or Carrick Bends), a well-recognized Celtic knot representing true love. The tails of the butterfly feature an additional Josephine Knot, along with Chinese Button Knots and metallic accent beads.

Measuring about 3 inches long, and made out of a single strand of 2mm satin cord in a gorgeous redwood brown, this swallowtail charm is the perfect centerpiece for any necklace!

And lucky, I just happen to have matching necklaces!  Made of high quality complementary satin cord, these clasp-free necklaces are completely adjustable, making them great for all ages. Just pull on the necklace to open (don’t worry, it’s sturdy!), then pull the central knot apart to re-close.  The center of the necklace can be looped through most charms or pendants for an instant new look, making this necklace the ultimate in versatility.

Both of these great items are currently for sale in my Etsy shop, and they have already become a high-demand item locally.  They’re absolutely gorgeous and ornate, and look fabulous on women of all ages, so make sure to pick one up today!  And remember, I can always fulfill custom color requests, just ask!

Sailor Knot Bangle Bracelets

The Turk’s Head, or Sailor Knot, is a beautifully brilliant way to transform any cord or string into braided bangles.  They can be made quickly and easily, by wrapping the cord over any round surface (or even your own wrist).  With an interior knot closure, the bangle appear endless:  people love to marvel at this seemingly infinite braid.

I currently have Sailor Knot Bangles for sale in my Etsy shop, made from several different mediums.  The first are composed of thick 3mm natural-colored hemp cord.  Large yet subtle & incredibly durable, these hemp bracelets are perfect for men & women of all ages.

And for a more eye-catching evening look, I have a thinner woman’s bangle, made of woven nylon cord.  Black with interwoven strands of metallic red & silver, these bangles capture the light radiantly.

The Turk’s Head Knot is a wonderful technique, especially for thicker fibers.  Extremely versatile in its simplicity — I can’t wait to try out more types of raw materials.

Autumn’s Turquoise Nugget Choker Necklace

As you all know, I am always happy to fulfill custom requests, and this is one I’m exceptionally proud of.  My dear friend Autumn showed me this colossal turquoise nugget a few evenings ago, and expressed how much she liked it but was unable to wear it.  She had not found any necklace sturdy and aesthetically acceptable enough to showcase such a spectacular specimen.  So of course I volunteered my services.

Autumn was kind enough to allow me full artistic reign over the project, trusting me to “just make it look nice.”  The only stipulations were that it was dark in color and constructed of hemp cord.

After contemplating several design ideas, I finally settled on this, which I personally think is an exceptionally elegant concept for women’s jewelry.  It is constructed using 8 strands (2 colors with 4 strands each), which are initially split into 2 groups and knotted into double helix spirals using the Half Hitch Knot method.  The lacy main body is made using a series of alternating Square Knots, which are punctuated by 3-strand-wide Josephine Knots.  The necklace is woven directly through the bail of the turquoise nugget, and is accented by an additional 3 Josephine Knots.  A loop is left on one end and a pair of long 4 strand braids on the other, so the necklace can be tied quickly and simply.

Autumn absolutely adored her new choker, and it fit perfectly.  I confess, I really like it too, and I will probably have no choice but to make something similar for myself in the near future.  If you’re anything like me and would love a necklace like this as well, please feel free to contact me so we can discuss design details, measurements, etc

Stylish Summer Hemp Bracelets

Hemp jewelry never seems to go out of style, and it is one of the most often requested crafts I create.  And for good reason – it is incredibly strong, easy to work with, and withstands the tests of time and wear.  Honestly, I had never worked with hemp until a few years ago.  My prior experience with knotted bracelets however, was solely in embroidery floss, (which employs several of the same techniques) so the transition to hemp was fairly simple.

These lovely hemp bracelets are dedicated to the beginning of summer, and are great for people of all ages.  Each bracelet is constructed through a series of alternating square knots, punctuated by wooden vintage-style round beads.  The neutral color scheme of the bracelet, accented by the red and black bead patterns, truly make this a go-to piece for any summer outfit or occasion.

As alluded to above, I’ve also been working with my traditional medium of embroidery floss.  The plethora of colors available, along with the more pliable nature of floss,   allow for a vast array of color and pattern variations.  These are just a few simple examples, but I hope to feature larger, more complex pieces in the near future.

I particularly enjoy the piece which has come to be known as the “Rasta Bracelet.”  Constructed using the traditional technique of double overhand knots, these bracelets feature repeating bars of Rastafari red, gold & green separated by fields of black.  Adding dance and movement, thin braids dangle from either end of the bracelet, which really makes them stand out from the pack.  These bracelets are great for either gender, and add a playful splash to any ensemble.

If you are interested in either of the designs, please check my Etsy shop – they will be posted soon!  And of course, if you have an idea of your own you would like to see materialized, I am always available for custom requests.


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