Saturday, July 20, 2013

Tree Wings Studio Blog Hop and Challenge

If you're looking for my Bead Hoarders Blog Hop reveal piece, I'm sorry, I couldn't get anything finished. I had a case of Heat Exhaustion and haven't been able to finish my pieces. I'm still working on them and hope to post them soon.  In the meantime, please read about my Tree Wings Reveal piece which I had already finished before this happened. Thank you so much for understanding.

Recently I signed up for a chance to win a set of polymer clay beads from Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio.  I love her beads. I have a set with the most adorable little pony and some additional beads and I haven't had the time to make up a bracelet with them. It will be for me, since I love horses.  Just need to make the time. Anyway, I got chosen to receive one set of a large and small round bead.  I was overjoyed.  I love the colors in them, to me very earthy and rustic.  And as usual, forgot to take a picture of them before I started.  I knew I wanted something very rustic, but since there were only 2 and they were different sizes I had to figure out how to use them.  I had started hearing/reading about Chinese knotting and this intrigued me. It seems to be very similar to macramé which I used to do in the 70's and have been starting to re-add to my repertoire. (See my macramé anklet here and a fused glass piece I did a couple of years ago and added a small macramé hanger to it and sold in my shop.) 
 
As I perused the internet for ideas and information about Chinese knotting I found a knot I like, the Chinese coin knot, I think they called it, also known as the Celtic knot a and thought it would make a great bracelet with the larger bead as the focal and the smaller one as the clasp.  I found some hemp in a neutral color that matched the main color in the beads and then some wonderful 6/0 seed beads in the coordinating colors in the bead to add as pops of color.  I set to work tying off a knot with a small seed bead as a stopper for the small round bead for the clasp. Then I started tying Coin/Celtic knots and adding the seed beads in between each knot. I was hoping both pieces of the hemp would go through the seed beads instead of having to put a bead on each piece, but it didn't work.  I figured out how long I needed the bracelet and added the larger focal bead. Then I finished tying off the rest of the knots and the seed beads.  Finally, I tied another knot, left a loop for the small bead/clasp to slide through, tied another knot and then 2 small seed beads on the end.  I love the way it turned out. Very earthy, rustic that would go with so many things.  The only thing I'm not fond of is the way it turns. I think I should have reversed the strings I was using working from left to right and then right to left as I would in macramé to keep it straighter. However, the tutorial I found didn't say anything about doing that. Next time I'll try it to see if it helps.  Anyway, tell me what you think of my Chinese/Celtic knotted bracelet.  Hope Tree Wings studio thinks I did justice to her beads. Here's the bracelet and a closeup of the larger bead/focal.  Thanks for letting me play.  Be sure to check out what everyone else did with their beads on Tree Wings Studio.


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Kay Thomerson - http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/ (you are here)

9 comments:

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Sorry to hear you are under the weather, Kay... hope you'll be better soon. What a great way to design around your beautiful beads and tie in all the colours!

Bonnie Kreger at B-LEE KREATIONS said...

My dear Kay how did you get heat exhaustion? And, I didn't know you have a wildlife place. That sounds wonderful. Please take care of yourself.

Bonnie Kreger at B-LEE KREATIONS said...

My dear Kay, how did you get heat exhaustion? And, I just read about your wildlife place. That sounds wonderful. Please take care of yourself.

Kathy said...

Nice work! Weren't these beads just full of wonderful colors to work with?!

ACBeads said...

I love your knotted bracelet! It is rustic and beautiful. Knotting and macramé are in! Feel better soon!

Mimi {SignatureSterling} said...

Beautiful work - get better - this heat has been horrible!

Rebekah said...

You certainly did do them justice! What a beautifully rustic design Kay! I love macrame work and have done a little of it myself, so I can really admire what you did here, and of course, I always love bracelets!

Thanks so much for playing along! I sure hope you feel better soon!

Sharyl said...

Hope you feel better soon, Kay!

Janet said...

Oh wow that's lovely knotting. Really pretty what you made! Tree Wings she's so talented always coming up with new ideas. I'm sorry to hear you were unwell. And I hope you will be better on the mend soon! Sometimes we must take care of ourselves first. Huggs across the miles~Janet