Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party!!!

Today is the day for the Bead Soup Blog Party, one of my all time favorite activities in the blogosphere!  The Bead Soup Blog Party (BSBP) is the genius idea of Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.  A big thanks to Lori and her helpers to make this happen again.

Without further ado, let's party!

My partner for this year's BSBP is Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame.  Sherri creates gorgeous, artisan pieces of jewelry and other objects using the craft of micro-macrame.  Her work is beautiful and she has lots of great tutorials.  Don't just take my word for it, go check her website to see it!

Sherri sent me a beautiful owl pendant (little did she know how much I love birds and owls!!) and some beautiful natural stone featuring shades of white, cream, black and gray.  They are a perfect match for the owl pendant.



While I was pondering how I wanted to use these pretties, I went ahead and downloaded Sherri's Owl Pendant micro macrame tutorial.  And instead of working on my BSBP piece, I tried my hand at micro macrame!



Sherri has a bunch of tutorials on her site and I used many of them to get to the beginning stages of this owl pendant.  It is beginning to take shape!   But as time wore on I realized I had to abandon this micro macrame owl pendant for now, and begin working on my other ceramic owl pendant!

As I sat down to begin, the cream cord I was using for the other owl project was sitting on my table and I saw how perfectly it matched my owl product.  I had a moment of inspiration and decided to use some of my newly learned macrame skills with my BSBP beads!  I used square knotting and a few larks head knots and this is my finished product!




Thank you Sherri for sending me these fun beads and for inspiring me to learn a new craft.  I can't wait to finish my micro macrame owl!

Please click here to visit Sherri's blog and see what she did with the beads I sent along to her.  

And please click HERE to visit more of the BSBP blogs and Pinterest boards for this awesome party!

34 comments:

  1. I love it!!!! I tried doing macrame with hemp cord years ago but it's so hard for me. I've always had a dyslexia type thing with knotting crafts. I can't even make a friendship bracelet.

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  2. Hi Amy, kudos to you for learning a new technique. Te macrame straps are a wonderfully creative way to showcase that cute owl pendant. Wonderful job using your swap beads.

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  3. How perfect! I love Sheri's macrame and it's so cool that you used it in your piece. You did such a great job! That little owl is so cute. I know you are going to love wearing it. :)

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  4. Hi, Amy!
    I'm happy to see you've tried a new crafts, micromacrame. The owl pendant Sherri sent you is soooo cute and so is the necklace you've made! A perfect combiantion with the pendant. Well done!
    Alenka

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  5. how fun Amy! a new technique and you picked it up with flying colors. I've been wanting to try micro macrame, but for me I see visions on one more UFO on the bead table! I love your owl, and I bet you will wear this often (perhaps out taking pictures of one :)

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  6. Adorable love the texture of this piece.....I have never been good at this avenue of creativity so I totally admire your talent

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  7. So brave of you learning a completely new technique in such a short timeframe. You really owned it, though :)

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  8. Hi Amy,
    I love that you made a beautiful macrame rope to show off the whimsical owl pendant. Your list of skill just keep growing. Looking forward to seeing the finished micro macrame owl.
    Therese

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  9. LOVE this necklace. The macrame is perfect with the owl pendant.

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  10. You did Sherri proud. What a fun thing to decide to tackle micro-macrame. I hope you show us the micro macrame owl when it's all done. Your necklace with the owl pendent came out great! Is that a snowy owl, perhaps? It might be a good luck charm for spotting new birds. Whether or not it adds new species to your life list, I'm certain it will get you lots of compliments when you wear it!!!

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  11. How fun! I love the way you used macrame. Congrats on making the effort to try a new technique :)

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  12. very inventive project!congrats!

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  13. Love it! And its fun that you tried your hand at the micromacrame, too (successfully, I might add). You did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing so much inspiration with us.

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  14. What a cute owl - it's always nice to learn a new craft too - micro macrame is a lot of fun.

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  15. Awwwwww that is the cutest little owl ever, and I love that you used macrame, it fits him beautifully!!!

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  16. You truly gave that sweet little owl the perfect match with that macrame necklace!! I love it!!

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  17. Wow! You caught on to macrame quickly and really made a great necklace with the owl! I'm also impressed with the start of your owl from one of Sherri's tutorials.

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  18. I just love it that you tried a macrame tutorial because your partner did macrame, and then you ended up using it in your piece! There's something very "full circle" about it that is so satisfying. The cord color and the thickness of the knotted cord and beads do such an amazing job of setting off the sweet owl pendant. So impressive!!

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  19. LOVE that you learned a new skill to showcase her beads! I probably would have been tempted not to use the owl & incorporate the other beads into something I'm comfortable with!

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  20. I love this necklace, it's adorable! Your crochet work is perfect for this piece!

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  21. Oh, I LOVE what you did with Marla's owl, Amy! I'm also pretty tickled that you did the macrame! Thanks for being such a fun swap partner!!

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  22. What a sweet owl pendant - your macrame showcases it perfectly!

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  23. OMG that is adorable and very retro.

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  24. How cute!! I love that you incorporated macrame in your piece from Sherri. Funny indeed. And, I can't wait to see how that owl turns out too.

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  25. Very beautiful work! I like how light and airy it appears because of the cream colors.

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  26. Awww just love how you decorated your sweet owl. I think the macrame suits it perfectly! But it still can't compare to the live one you shared on your earlier blog. I am still marveling over that photo!

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  27. Who doesn't love an owl? That is a fun soup to begin with, and your necklace is incredibly sweet. Well done.

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  28. I was looking forward to seeing what you would do, and this is great! I love it!

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  29. Your macrame is impeccable! And shows off that owl beautifully!!

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  30. Adorable! Look at you doing such cool macrame! You will have such fun wearing this little hoot guy.

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  31. Your macrame work is amazing! And suits the owl very nicely!

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  32. I love how you incorporated the knotting into your necklace! It's very cool to find inspiration for a new skill, isn't it?

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