Not your Grandmother’s pearls. Not your mother’s macramé. These are fitting descriptions for traditional mediums that have received a trendy new twist in recent years. Macramé in particular has come a long way from the crafts that made it famous. Though knotty owls and hemp jewelry are not forgotten, jewelry designers are finding some intriguing and beautiful ways to use macramé in modern accessories.
Mod Knotsprovides an excellent guide to making jewelry with macramé techniques, combining traditional knotting with modern materials. Beaders will love finding new ways to showcase their favorite gemstones and focal pieces in necklaces, bracelets and earrings. There are also plenty of trendy accessories to try, like guitar straps, handbags and headbands. All of the knotting and jewelry making basics are covered with full color photographs, so beginners can jump right in.
Bead lover and macramé expert Cathi Milligan combines some unexpected materials with macramé for many of the 25 projects in Mod Knots. Imagine your favorite knots done with colorful waxed linen, seed bead covered Soft Flex, and even sterling silver wire. Each project includes a detailed tools and materials list, plus a handy reference guide to the basic knots that will be used. Step by step photographs and clear instructions with tips guide readers through every project.
If you enjoy using big, chunky beads in your work, and want some fun new ways to make them shine, these macramé techniques might be just what you’re looking for!