Welcome to my first blog. I make jewelry and love all handmade arts and crafts. I started making jewelry in 1977 after I landed my first job out of high school at a shop named "The Bead Nook" at a local shopping mall. I mostly made strung jewelry and lots of macrame. I taught macrame classes back then and would love to teach again. Over the years I mostly made jewelry for gifts. For several years I wasn't able to create very often because of illness. In recent years I have been learning off loom bead weaving techniques, metal and wire work. Of late, I have fallen back in love with macrame, or what is now called "micro macrame", when I made a couple of pieces for Christmas gifts. I combined macrame with bead weaving for one of the gifts and metal work with another, which has inspired me to come up with new designs incorporating these techniques with the knotting.
Here is a simple macrame necklace I made with a bead woven Cellini spiral (aka peyote stitch in the round using different sized beads).
And here is a necklace I made using hammered copper with the macrame.