February 23, 2015

clay and leather artifact bracelet 3506

 Burned clay and soft sueded leather wrapped around the core of this modern artifact recall the amulets that protected people from the evil spirits of the underworld. This re-creation is an imaginary interpretation of ancient form made with modern materials.
 Inside the suede bag is a secret string of sinew and wood that holds the clay stumps in an erect position. The stretched penetrations suggest an emerging growing presence as each antler like form emerges from within.

A simple toggle and loop closure secures the open end. Made with all-new materials.
This piece is part of a developing collection of all handmade modern artifacts exploring the contemporary interpretation of imagined natural objects brought into existence from memory.


Look for this and other modern relics coming soon to a new venue.

design and photographs © copyright 2015 WhatKnotShop

February 21, 2015

handmade clay bracelet 3504

 New materials and ancient inspiration combine in this modern relic clay bracelet. Pyramidal spikes made out of textured clay are placed on an adjustable nylon cord with spacers to call forth the sprites of the ancients to protect the modern warrior in the daily battle.

A little bit like teeth or pieces of antler the clay has been mixed in a custom color then baked to harden and fuse. This is a modern relic discovered through a process of creation, dug up from the unconscious.
 The closure is a simple button and loop. The cord can slide through the small orange glass bead to provide continuous adjustment from 7 1/2" to 8" (or larger) circumference.

This design is part of the Handmade Artifacts project which re-creates ancient forms in modern materials.
This piece is part of a developing collection of all handmade modern artifacts exploring the contemporary interpretation of imagined natural objects brought into existence from memory.


Look for this and other modern relics coming soon to a new venue.

design and photographs © copyright 2015 WhatKnotShop

February 19, 2015

salmon slip knot rope bracelets 3503

 Soft braided hand dyed cotton cord in salmon is the latest color available in the popular slip knot rope bracelet. This design expands by loosening the loops to fit on over a larger hand then easily adjusts to a smaller wrist. The loop and ball knot hold the loose ends together.

The adjustment is explained here.
The material is a salmon color which is a diluted solution of marsala red. The cord takes this color in a muted almost pastel tone. The dye process is explained here. The whipping is a heavy duty dark brown waxed thread.


Multiple sizes are easily produced. Find examples in the slip knot+wrap section of the Etsy shop.




design and photographs © copyright 2015 WhatKnotShop

February 17, 2015

salmon and ecru intermediate turks head knot rope bracelet 3502

 This wider bracelet is an intermediate weave with 7 parts, 10 bights and a relaxed 8" finished circumference. The cord is a mix of hand dyed and natural ecru braided cotton. The weave design is one of series of turks head knot patterns that you can find in the Ashley Book of Knots.
 The center strand is a salmon color which is a diluted solution of marsala red. The cord takes this color in a muted almost pastel tone so it blends comfortably with the natural white. The dye process is explained here.
see more designs like this in the contrast+blend section of the Etsy shop



design and photographs © copyright 2015 WhatKnotShop

January 23, 2015

handmade rope wrap bracelets 3492

 Handmade rope made on a table top rope machine with a button and loop toggle closure. Each piece is made with four pairs of twisted cotton yarns.

Shown here with four wraps about 7 1/2" (191 mm) circumference. A traditional coat whipping detail binds the loop.
 Double loop measures about 15" (380 mm) a comfortable choker style necklace for a smaller person.

Here's a handmade rope necklace of similar design.
This handmade rope choker is also made on the machine.
This handmade rope wrap bracelet is made with thinner colored cord while this wrap bracelet is made with heavier yarns.


Available in the slipknot+wrap section of the Etsy shop. Custom requests are welcomed.


design and photographs © copyright 2015 WhatKnotShop

January 21, 2015

handmade rope double loop bracelets 3490

 These smaller double loop rope bracelets are made from lengths of hand twisted cord made on a table top rope machine. Six cotton yarns are stretched between the anchor point and the rotating mandrels then several hundred revolutions wind the pairs into three twisted strands. The natural tension in the twisted pairs winds the cord together into a single piece of cordage.
 The overlaps are secured with a waxed thread coach whipping then trimmed off.

Here's a handmade rope necklace of similar design or this handmade rope choker is also made on the machine.
This handmade rope wrap bracelet is made with thinner colored cord while this wrap bracelet is made with heavier yarn for a more substantial outcome.


Lightweight and small enough so they won't slide off a smaller hand, find these in the classic white section of the Etsy shop.

custom requests welcomed




design and photographs © copyright 2015 WhatKnotShop

January 19, 2015

marsala blend rope bracelet 3494 trend color for 2015

 Traditional five part turks head knot design made with a mix of hand dyed cotton cord.

Double diamond weave pattern shows off the contrasting three cord combination.

Read about how to place a center cord in a two-strand turks head knot bracelet here.


 This color blend is marsala with a lighter rust red. Read more about how the stovetop dye bath process is done here.

This design is made in a "medium" size measuring 7 1/2" (191 mm) inside circumference. Read more about how to estimate your size here.
Designs similar to this are available in the contrast+blend section of the Etsy shop. You may special order your size and color preferences by clicking on the "request" button

design and photographs © copyright 2015 WhatKnotShop

January 11, 2015

triangle bangles 3471

 Two triangle bangles one small one large made from white thermoplastic. Each is cut from a circular piece of stock then segments are removed creating the shoulders.  These are part of the Handmade Artifacts project that uses modern materials to re-create ancient forms.



small 2 1/4" (58 mm) diameter
 The cut edges are welded together




small 2 1/4" (58 mm) diameter
 The larger bracelet has s slightly more rounded shape with the same three point shoulders and welded seams



large 2 5/8" (68 mm) diameter
available soon in a new venue!

custom work can be ordered based on this design
carved bangle - large
small marsala cuff

similar white bone bangles 

design and photographs © copyright 2015 WhatKnotShop

January 7, 2015

handwoven cotton cuff rope bracelet sea glass colors 3464

soft hand dyed cotton cord with colors inspired by sea glass is used to make this slip on cuff. Made using a right angle weaving pattern on a mold.
7 7/8" (200 mm) circumference
2 1/8" (58 mm) diameter
2" (52 mm) wide
available soon - custom work may be ordered based on this design

see more basket weave designs here
see what's available in the Etsy shop here



design and photographs © copyright 2015 WhatKnotShop



January 3, 2015

pink and purple basket weave rope bangle 3469

 Bright pink and deep purple on black cross weave makes a splashy color statement in this basket weave design
Slip on style without hardware
 8" (203 mm) circumference
2 1/2" (66 mm) diameter
1 1/4" (32 mm) wide
available soon
custom work based on this design can be ordered
more basket weave designs here
see what's available in the Etsy shop here




design and photographs © copyright 2014 WhatKnotShop

December 30, 2014

handmade rope necklace with cork button customizable 3461

 The rope is handmade on a workbench size rope machine. It's a twisted set of three pairs of cotton yarn creating a substantial but soft 4 mm rope.

The cork button is integrated with the rope making process so it is secured by the loops passing though the holes before the lay-up process begins.
 The rope is about 37" long allowing for several possible customizations:
- single length longer necklace
- doubled choker style necklace
- triple wrap bracelet

Buyer can specify the length of the loop and a spliced binding will be added to finish off the piece.
available here

similar designs available here


design and photographs © copyright 2014 WhatKnotShop

December 26, 2014

marsala bone bangle small 3460

 carved bangle Marsala
lightweight rugged style

This bracelet is part of the Handmade Artifacts project which seeks to re-create ancient forms in modern materials.
 2 3/8" x 2" oval shape
6 7/8" inside circumference
Available soon in a new venue!

similar designs

carved Marsala bangle - larger size
small marsala cuff
chieftain cuff

design and photographs © copyright 2014 WhatKnotShop