December 31, 2011

GEOmetry white wedge bangle 1682





braided cotton clothesline wrapped in a spiral pattern creating a stackable slip on bangle





size "large" (8 in/203 mm) inside (14 1/4 in/362 mm) outside


four ply nylon thread construction see more like this here or here


                     available here


design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

December 30, 2011

Light blue and grey tenderness collection on Etsy

Here's a very light filled collection Light Blue and grey tenderness made by Victoria Trubina from Voronezh. She is an ecologist turned designer and has an elegant shop visska filled with fashion, unicue, modern, elegant, cute, minimal, pretty.

This Heather Light Blue Stretch Jersey Cotton Long Sleeve Tee Dress looks to be both comfortable and stylish made by Erin Martell and offered in her shop Martells along with more hip and comfortable everyday wear and accessories.

Keep your noggin warm with this CAKE tiered knit cap / bonnet in bark grey soft cotton made by fieldstudy who apparently wants to be in stealth mode and now I've gone and blown her cover... Your are going to like the jellyfish amigurumi ornament and the good morel caps (hats not mushrooms!) So click on over to fieldstudy the shop and see for yourself.

The featured item in this collection is this light blue medium turks head knot sailor bracelet which got sold right away but will be re-stocked as soon as I can get more material made. In the meantime take look at the other solid color handmade rope bracelets in the solid colors section of WhatKnotShop on Etsy. I have a much bigger selection available in the solid colors section of my Zibbet shop if you don't see what you want you can message me and ask for a custom size or color.

December 26, 2011

Dip dyed nylon turks head bracelets 1693




Nylon braided cord that has had the core fibers removed leaving only the outer braid dip dyed in a navy blue dye bath. This renders the cord very soft and flexible.





The color infuses the nylon fibers in a progressive gradient from dark blue to light blue to white


Size is "small" (6 3/8 in/163 mm) stretch is minimal to about 7 in/178 mm

                         available here


design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

December 24, 2011

Strong and Mute collection on ArtFire

Strong and Mute is an ArFire member curated collection made by SKCreations a mother-daugher team offering a wide variety of handmade items including jewelry, hair accessories, and greeting cards.

On the mute (quiet) side is this Red Leather Wrap Bracelet With Silver Hook made by JabberJewels. Read this artist's bio for the back story and cute pictures of her pug Dudley (say it three times...).

On the strong side is this Elf Sheet Chainmaille Bracelet made by daisy and sold through her shop daisykreates. She's a self described chainmaille-wirewrap-beadweave-fusedglass-holic and this is her passion.

The featured its in this collection is this orange soft cuff herringbone knot bracelet extra large made from smooth braided synthetic cord. This is one of the extra wide cuffs available through WhatKnotShop on ArtFire.  This particular cuff is adjustable so you can work out the extra slack in the knot and make a sung and comfortable fit. Click the link to see the other cuffs in this collection.

December 22, 2011

triple herringbone weave rope bracelet 1459





Wide triple herringbone weave rope bracelet made with a single piece of 1/8" (3 mm) nylon braid.




Weave design is 1-3-3-3-3-3-3-1 single overlap or locked edge with three over - three under in center





41x21x1 approx 8 5/8" (219 mm)

                  Available here.

design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

December 21, 2011

I'm Feelin' Knotty collection on Etsy

I'm Feelin' Knotty collection brings together the paracord, hemp and leather knot artists with a colorful and diverse group of offerings. Bina is herself a paracord bracelet designer and you can click over to her shop BinasBracelets and find color color color!

Minimal but elegant is this Khaki Paracord Josephine Knot Bracelet made by Jenci Smith in a range of available sizes. See her creative clothes and holiday items at jenciwsmith including this Robot or Elephant Embroidered Applique Onesie a unitog for babies.

On the hemp side is this Hemp Square Knot Anklet with Wood Bead a simple but classic design made by Alexandria and part of a small but lively collection of anklets and bracelets in her shop LiveLoveHemp.

Amy Hoffman makes these Leather cord turks-head knot rings and other corded goodies you can find in her shop BonnAmy. Lots of sizes available for the asking.

The featured item in this collection is this ecru herringbone weave turks head sailor knot rope bracelet made out of cotton cord. Ecru is a nice neutral off white color just as the string comes from the manufacturer. This one is quite soft and flexible. See more like these in the classic whites section of WhatKnotShop on Etsy. An even larger variety of weave design, sizes, and colors can be found in WhatKnotShop on Zibbet

December 20, 2011

I missed my boat collection on Etsy

I missed my boat collection by vintageberry on Etsy offers tardy shoppers extra shore leave to take care of their holiday obligations. See the "Berry Mix" of vintage hidden user the leaves of the Vintage Forest from all over the world in her shop of the same name.

This Men's beanie wool brown is just the thing to keep that cold sea breeze off your head. See more of Tanya's hand knit gifts and accessories in her shop socksandmittens.

If you had the boat keys on this Marine Monkey Black Fist Knot Key Chain they wouldn't have been able to leave without you so click over to ZenyaBoutique and see the other colors available from Zenya then check out her collection of fashion design items.

The featured item in this collection is the classic white turks head knot sailor rope bracelet made from 100% cotton cable cord. This popular design is available in the "medium" size (about 7") shown in this listing and in both "small" (about 6 1/4") and "large" (about 8") sizes by request. Each is carefully made by hand and finished off by stitching up and trimming off the loose ends. The cotton will shrink when it gets wet but can be stretched out again. See more weave designs and sizes in the classic whites section of WhatKnotShop on Etsy.

December 16, 2011

white 4 loop and bead cotton cuff 1636






four loop and bead cuff bracelet




braided cotton clothesline cord nylon thread plastic beads



flexible soft shape



                     available here 

design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

December 15, 2011

Beautiful Gifts under $30 collection shopping now on Etsy

Finding handmade holiday gifts is easy when you get help from Sam Jones. She has picked out Beautiful Gifts under $30!! making it easy for everyone to support handmade. Her shop sundaysam features wall art, pottery, and more.
Speaking of pottery there are several handsome mugs in this collection all sold by now but visit splitfirepottery and see more of Bill Perrine's work or try TheCeramicsGallery for a more eclectic sensibility.

Jewelry is a traditional holiday gift including these Birds Nest Bangle - Set of 6 Gold Plated Bangles with 3 Birds made by Allison Mooney. She offers free shipping and a discount deal too. Or for a more folk-art look try this Ugandan wrap bracelet made in Africa and offered through Michelle Miller's shoptoadopt store.

The featured item in this collection is this black walnut taupe turks head knot sailor rope bracelet made out of cotton cord that has been hand-dyed with locally harvested organic black walnuts. This one is a medium size but there is enough cord available to do some custom orders or alternative sizes. Message me with your requests or visit the solid colors section of my Etsy shop to see more of these classic designs in a variety of colors. 

December 14, 2011

snowdrift cotton cuff bracelet 1683






Oversize cotton toggle cuff with black button.





Large size soft texture nylon thread construction.




Lightweight like soft snow but warmer.


                  available here

design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

December 12, 2011

What is not a Knot? collection on Etsy

Another play on words (very puny!) What is not a Knot? collection made by Kajsa Leijstroem a potter from Sweden making slip decorated earthenware and assemblage art. Check out her shop KajsasinKivik and brighten up your day!

This Infinity Knot Necklace made by Ellie is a handsome piece set off with grey and aquamarine seed beads. See more cool stuff in her shop shining stones.
I like the texture and color of this Macrame necklace with flowers and spirals but if you want one you'll have to order from Marie Orieux. Visit her shop makramasma to get some ideas.

The pattern and color of this Silk Knots Birka Viking Belt Brocade Card/Tablet Weaving is subtle but handsome. Made by Sivrunr from Montreal and available in her shop of the same name along with a small but beautiful collection of other work.

The featured item in this knotty treasury is a simple three part weave design dusty teal and grey turks head knot sailor rope bracelet one of many small size bracelets made from the shorter pieces of cord in my scrap box. These colors are a combination of an unbleached cotton cord and a short stay in the dyebath. See more in the blended colors section of my Etsy shop. The collection changes as the cords are used up making all of these very limited editions.

GetKnotted collection on Etsy

There are lots of cool items in this collection GetKnotted by Helen Jeffrey so I picked four (coulda picked more..)
First up is the Autumn Knot Loop necklace in Barley made by laurimuks one of many nature inspired modern knit accessories available in her shop of the same name across the pond in Scotland.

Next is this brilliant Knotted Cotton cord bracelet - Red and blue made by Happyqueen Last Name from Madird. She's on vacation now but check back when her shop KukuiBisuteria re-opens for accessories, home decor, jewelry, & hair pieces.

Also blue with knots is this minimalist Bracelet. Navy Blue Paracord. Adjustable Sliding Knots. made by Erin Smith in her shop MOONDROPSjewelry which is filled with a diverse mixture of styles mostly inspired by nature & it's elements.
And last but by no means least is this Life Survival Paracord Bracelet made by AustinR and offered in his shop CordMe where you can find more paracord creations in a variety of bright colors and designs.

Th featured item in this collection is the white turks head knot sailor rope bracelet one of the more popular designs for all season wear. Find this one in the classic whites section of my Etsy shop. If you need a larger or smaller size please message me to request a custom size.

December 6, 2011

green rope bracelet 1681

 I end up with a lot of shorter pieces of cord when making larger more complex weave designs so every now and then just grab the scrap basket and see what's in it.

These are the simplest three part rope bracelets. Everyone knows how to make them, ok well a lot of people do and there are a number of online tutorials available for the do-it-yourselfers.

This is a nice bright green color hand dyed 3 mm soft cotton cord made into a 14 bight bracelet.
My give-away basket gets full over the winter and by the time the next block party rolls around there are a lot of these in different colors and sizes.

Find this one listed in the Etsy shop, several more in the ArtFire shop, and you can get lost in the huge selection available in my Zibbet shop.

I will combine product from these venues for reduced shipping if you contact me and ask...

design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

December 5, 2011

dreamy collection on Etsy

OK I get it...stuff is going fast from this dreamy collection. Get out there and shop!

Arlie Trowbridge has the touch so you need to click 'n browse her shop Urban Revisions full of Hand Shredded Fibers and Glass Jewels or see more of her Etsy collections.

This original watercolor painting of a meditative scene of sailing boats has been sold but you can see more of Andrea Cook's work in her Etsy shop atelier28 which also features etchings, and mini canvas prints.

The best place to get turkish bath towels is (wait for it...) Turkey! and ecofriendlybeauty offers this Handmade Eco Friendly Extra Soft Cotton Wearable Turkish Bath Towel - Peshtemal Kimono Robe... see more handsome and comfortable wearable towels in their shop of the same name ecofriendlybeauty.

The featured item in this collection is this white cotton soft bangle GEOmetry series a soft slip on bracelet made entirely from white braided cotton cord. The GEOmetry series are simple forms made with simple materials and designed to dress up casual. See more in the design section of my Etsy shop or for a wider selection where listings never expire visit my Zibbet shop and browse a larger more eclectic collection of fiber art bracelets and cuffs... and thanks for looking!

December 3, 2011

anticlastic cuff bracelet with glass beads modern relic artifact 1679

A button and loop toggle cuff bracelet made with layers of hand dyed cord and dozens of mixed glass beads. The heavier grey cord frames the dark green and teal center cords.

Clear glass beads are stitched into the outside edges creating light catching movement. Pale blue glass beads are worked into the seams of the clothesline cord on the inside edges.
 Two loops and a pair of black plastic buttons form a secure toggle closure.

the geometry:
7" (179 mm) inside circumference
1 1/2" (38 mm) wide.

This is one of the design )strata( series of clothesline cuffs available in the WhatKnotShop on Zibbet



                     available here 

design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

December 2, 2011

Romantic Colors collection on Etsy

Ok so I'm tardy in getting this review of Romantic Colors collection posted but this hasn't stopped AlacartCreactions from creating more interesting collections. See them all here.

Christine Silbaugh makes this large Sea Green...etc button which happens to be sold but there is a variety of ceramic buttons still available in her shop BackBayPottery which is on the west coast and is  NOT part of Boston.

Still available are these BEACH STONE BUTTONS   by madeforfun a shop filled with natural beach stone supplies, fun fabric banners, original creations and unique vintage items. Check out Inga's new web site the stone button for more in-depth studio news.

The featured item in this romantic collection is this teal blue turks head knot rope bracelet small made with a braided hand dyed cotton cord. This size is just right for kids but you can order a larger one for yourself or someone else at the same price as easily as sending me a message.

November 30, 2011

wrapped and beaded anklet 1678





Colorful cotton fiber wrapped anklet or very large bracelet (might fit your bicep!) made with a cotton core, cotton floss, and multi colored glass seed beads.




Measures 10 1/4" (260 mm) inside circumference and is very flexible and comfortable.


This is an example of a variety of similar designs that can be found in my Zibbet Marketplace


The closure is a simple cotton loop and plastic button.


                  available here



design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

Blue rope GEOmetry bangle 1449




A wedge section rope bangle bracelet made with very soft blue nylon cord. The white flecks are the four ply waxed nylon binding thread.

This bangle is made in five layers from a single piece of braided cord. Each layer is bound together horizontally then vertically with the nylon thread.


The nylon cord is very soft and low density so this bangle is flexible although it holds it's shape. The stitching creates slight distortions in the circular shape.

See other GEOmetry series rope bracelets here.

Size is medium about 8" (203 mm) inside circumference.




This is very similar to the white rope GEOmetry bangle 1640.

                  available here


design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

November 25, 2011

Match Made in Heaven collection made on Etsy

Here's a new collection titled Match Made in Heaven curated by Kim from Baltimore. You can shopkim (literally) and receive free wrapping during the holiday season so visit her shop to see her handmade jewelry and accessories.

On the green side of this match is this Lime Green Braided Scarf made by Arlene and offered through ArlenesBoutique. Lots more yarn creations including one design scarves for your holiday browsing.

 On the blue side are these Turquoise Nesting Bowls - Large Set made by KarinLorenc and offered in her shop of the same name. She offers colorful clay creations made on a kick-wheel. Visit her profile to find out what this is! (Hint: it involves the use of feet...)

The featured item in this heavenly collection is this blue BASIC turks head knot sailor bracelet one of a colorful series of rope bracelets you can easily adjust to make your perfect fit. See the entire collection in the BASIC section of WhatKnotShop on Etsy

November 24, 2011

1 button beaded cuff red and purple 1644

 This is a one button cuff made with braided cotton piping material and a mix of polyester and hand dyed cotton cord.

The size is a "medium" measuring about 7 1/2" (191 mm) inside circumference when closed.

Red, clear, and amber glass beads are worked into the seams between the cords around the edges.


 The toggle closure is a single plastic button and loop. The entire affair is constructed on an 8" plastic mold where the cords are laid out then edge bound together with four ply waxed nylon thread. When the cord fabric is stable the cuff is removed from the mold and the beads are worked into the seams.

This item is available here  and is part of a larger collection available at WhatKnotShop on Zibbet


Colors are off-white, rust, purple cords with red, clear, and amber glass beads, the button is a reddish brown.




design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

November 23, 2011

Terrific Teal collection on Etsy

Teal is one of my favorite colors so this Terrific Teal collection curated by Lee Meyer really hits the spot. Visit FleurDeLeeDesign to find Handcrafted stone, wire and metal jewelry made right here in Minneapolis.

42things offers these Paper Snowflake Die cut icy blues (25) which will dress up your holiday table or scrapbook. The multi-talented Jo got into another collection reviewed on this blog just recently and her shop has more up cycled and recycled handmade designs worthy of holiday gift giving.

You can almost feel the sand between your toes in this Ocean Photography, Concord No. 2 (Oceanscape) made by Tricia McKellar and one of many photos offered in her shop TriciaMcKellarPhoto. She is one of 20 Photographers Whose Work You Can Actually Afford so click the link, scroll down and read the review on Photojojo a great place to look for serious gear.

The featured item in this collection is extra wide white & teal turks head knot rope sailor bracelet which is an updated teal color (of course...) based on a popular grey and white design. This soft and comfortable cuff can be made in a variety of colors by special request. Find this and lots of other blended color rope bracelets in WhatKnotShop on Etsy.

November 22, 2011

anti clastic beaded cuff bracelet handmade artifact fiber art bracelet 1673

 This modern primitive cuff is made with a cotton piping material and hand dyed cotton cord forming the distinctive anti-clastic shape. Rows of glass beads are embedded in the seams.
6 mm wood beads are embedded in the seam on one side. The other side has a row of red and brown wood beads.
This cuff is secured with two plastic buttons and loops. Size closed is 7 3/4" (197 mm) inside circumference.

Available here

Part of the handmade artifacts series exploring ancient form in modern materials.

design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

November 20, 2011

Covered With Snow collection on Etsy

If just happened! Our first 2+" snowfall here in Minneapolis so what better timing for a treasury collection titled Covered With Snow made by Yuliya Art. She has Etsy shop named GoldenSection filled with romantic photo prints, fantasy landscape photography, beautiful botanical photography, and unique original still life.

These Korean Paper Beads should inspire some indoor creative activities. Visit Jo's shop 42things to find more up cycled paper crafts, shoes, reclaimed paper beads, and Eco chic green, earth friendly handmade designs.

If you live in the south and want to know what winter looks like up here in the northland then you need this handsome Winter Landscape - Snow White Art - Tree Photography - 8x10" a photograph made by Kay Hulbert. See more wall art photographs as well as photo jewelry, and greeting cards her shop SoundsLikeRain.

The featured item in this collection is this white cotton turks head knot rope sailor bracelet small one of the classic designs made with a heavy cotton cord. This design is available in medium and large sizes and in quantities if you need some easy holiday gifts. Please contact me to place a special order request.

November 19, 2011

2 button blue green extra wide beaded cuff 1643

 This two button cuff is another in the clothesline series made with a grey hand dyed clothesline which forms the ribs and loops in combination with 3 mm hand dyed cotton cord. Glass seed beads are worked into the seams of the large cord. A row of glass beads forms a seam between the two halves of this bracelet. A pair of buttons and loops hold this cuff securely closed.
The colors are grey, green, and black. Bead colors are cobalt, light turquoise, light blue, and a mix of amber, yellow, pink and clear glass in the seam.

This item is available part of a series of clothesline cuffs in the design section of my Zibbet marketplace
The size is a large measuring 8" (204 mm) interior circumference when closed and 2 7/8" (71 mm) wide.
These unique constructions require between 12 -16 hours of work to build. This one was laid out on a PVC pipe mold where the larger cords were formed into the ribs and loops. The smaller diameter cords are laid out in the valleys and hand stitched into a fabric-like pattern. The bracelet is then removed from the mold and the beadwork is completed. Finally the two halves are stitched together using nylon thread and the larger glass beads.

design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

November 15, 2011

white dreams collection on Etsy

Anticipating snow in the forecast Nadin Sandler created this collection titled white dreams on Etsy. She has her shop NadinArtGlass filled with Handmade Jewelry Findings & Supplies plus NadinArtDesign focused on Handmade Sterling Silver Earrings & Modern Jewelry and if that's not enough you can see handmade Lampwork Glass Beads sets, especially accent beads in her third shop NadinGlassico  (whew!)

These Ten Pearlized White Braided Leather and Sterling Silver Bangles will make a statement and are available from Lisa Sachs' shop roundhousejewelry where you can see more of these elegantly designed leather bangles.

After doing your shopping you will need these Jane Austen Recycled 3D Layered Butterfly Art - BONUS gift tags to properly deliver your gifts. If you live in Canada you can shop in person. Visit Dallas' profile page to find out where or simply shop aboundingtreasures on Etsy.

The featured item in this white dream is the white turks head knot rope sailor bracelet offered in a small size but available in medium and large sizes by request. See more in the classic whites section of my Etsy shop. 

November 14, 2011

Black walnut earth tone dyed turks head knot bracelet 1522

This bracelet is made with cotton cord that has been dyed using black walnuts harvested from a neighborhood tree. The color is dense earth tone taupe which is somewhat lighter than the dyebath which was a real black.

The outer husk of the walnuts was mashed and mixed with a small amount of water then boiled according to this recipe from Practical Primitive then used to create a limited amount of black walnut cord. Size is 7" (178 mm) inside diameter.

design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

Simply collection on Etsy

Simply is a smaller collection of Etsy finds by Amanda from Milwaukee has an eclectic mix of both new and vintage goodies. She has a shop named GuthrieHandmade a shop of quirky, cute illustrations and Handmade things.

Repurposing old dictionaries might seem a challenge but CarpeDiemTreasures has done it with this Lotus Blossom Origami from Vintage Dictionary Pages with Tan Leaves. Your college english professor wants one of these and you can find more unique vintage finds and treasures from years of collecting in their shop of the same name.

Another unusual find are these Vintage Jadite Small Bowls offered by Maureen from her shop MozTreasures which is filled with an extensive collection of more than 800 treasures. Yeah!

The featured item in this collection is this teal blue turks head knot rope bracelet made with a soft hand dyed cotton braid. This one is size "small" but you can order larger sizes just click here. More colors and weave designs are available in the solid colors section of my Etsy shop.

November 13, 2011

2 button beaded soft cuff 1652

 This is a variation on the clothesline cuff design using a softer cotton cord for the framing cords. This material is softer and less dense than woven clothesline.

In this design there are a series of dark 6 mm wood beads on one side of the cuff and a collection of small glass beads on the other side.

This item is available in my Zibbet marketplace.
The cuff is secured with a pair of plastic buttons.
Size is a "medium" 8" (204 mm) inside circumference. About 2" (50 mm) wide

Colors are purple, rust, yellow and off-white.


design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop