January 29, 2012

My Mood collection on Etsy

Daria's collection My Mood captures many elements in one place but not everything is the same color (a welcome variation). Her shop Dariami is filled with handmade jewelry mostly made from polymer clay, seed beads, glass or metal. See more on her Flickr photostream or follow her blog (it's in Russian so you may have to depend on the pictures!)

Art imitates nature and finds expression with this Handmade Faux Leather Butterfly Brooch Blue and Black made by Laura Jacquemond. Find more inspirational work from ancient art as an expression of the sacred, natural history in her shop Blue 
Terracotta.

I'm not sure why but this Pink Seashell : Reclaimed Wood Display Box & Vintage Peg Card seems like a perfect foil to a bare white wall you might have in your winter home. Tara and Percy's  Jerseyicecreamco shop has a number of other old and beautiful things in it which may remind you of grandma's house.

The featured listing in this moody collection is one of the unique design )strata( series of fiber art bracelets this  2 button grey red brown fiber cuff bracelet made with up-cycled bits of cord from my ever expanding scrap box. Each of these is carefully handmade using high strength four ply nylon thread to bind the cords tightly together. A button and loop closure ensures security and comfortable wear. See more of this style of wearable fiber art in the design section of my Zibbet shop or the design section of my Etsy shop

January 28, 2012

paracord pair rope bracelets 1756





A pair of soft white paracord rope bracelets





Size is "small" 6" (152 mm) but stretchable



1 2 keep 1 2 share              available here





design and photographs © copyright 2012 WhatKnotShop

January 26, 2012

Well hey there sailor...collection on Etsy

Amanda from LongWinterSoapCo put this playful collection well hey there, sailor...wanna trim my jib? together and I have absolutely no idea what this question refers to...You will want to read her featured seller interview (she's a yurt dweller which scores big points with me!)

I was taken with this print Ocean Photography "Before the Storm" by Elle Moss part of the collection of fine art prints available in her shop ellemoss. She has been published in a number of magazines listed in her profile.

Holding a whale in the palm of your hand seems impossible unless it's this Grey linen whale made by two women Elena and Leva who create together but live separately. More fun stuff in their shop adatine including aardvarks, piggies, and bandit foxes.

The featured listing is this popular classic white turks head knot sailor rope bracelet available in the classic whites section of WhatKnotShop on Etsy.

January 23, 2012

big black paracord cuff 1747




A special order for a customer who requested a large black paracord cuff... this is large

design is 13x19x2 plain weave turks head knot



slip on size is 9 1/2" (242 mm) loose ends enable adjustment to a smaller size (tools required)


                    ?  slip on size  ?


Slightly tapered shape from the work-up mold


                     I want one


design and photographs © copyright 2012 WhatKnotShop

January 22, 2012

Winter Sun collection on Etsy

Janet Mealha put together this seasonal collection Winter Sun filled with sunshine on a cold winter's day. Her shop BlueMagpieDesign is filled with high fired handmade porcelain and stoneware ceramic beads combined with semi precious stones.

Gwyn E. Padden-Lechten has this Winter Wonderland Sunshine and Snow photograph of a real winter sun seen through the trees of Wisconsin's woods. You too can go to InTheWoodsStudio and find more unique creatures of fantasy and fiber art.

Esen Osman a mother-daughter duo brings this Set of 5 Wool Wrapped Stacking Bangles (5014-1910) from among the many choices in their shop mysticfibers. Order these and get free shipping all the way from Turkey.

The featured item in this sunny collection is this sunshine yellow turks head knot rope bracelet made from traditional twisted cotton cable cord and hand dyed a nice bright yellow. This one is a "medium" size but you can request a large or small size from WhatKnotShop on Etsy. See more of these handmade rope bracelets in the solid colors section. For an expanded menu of color choices click over to WhatKnotShop on Zibbet.

January 21, 2012

Sunshine on a cloudy day 1740





Five part rope bracelet made with hand dyed cotton cord




Sunshine yellow



Adjustable size


                       available here


design and photographs © copyright 2012 WhatKnotShop

January 19, 2012

It's Grey-t To Meet You collection on Etsy

Focus on the functional It's Grey-t To Meet You collection on Etsy made by DashingFern.

Two of the Grey-8 things in this collection are this Naos II - Light grey and dark grey Necklace a hand crochet piece made by Benedicte Gele. There are more of these imaginative necklaces in her shop 2Square Modern French Crochet.

Another gray 8 contribution are these Slippers - Light Grey - Wool Blend - Womens Size Medium made by DesignsByChristianna part her shop of the same name full of Fine Hand Knits, Jewelry, Watercolors and Teddy Bears including this dramatic Crochet Ribbon Cowl Necklace.

The featured item in this great collection is this fog grey turks head knot rope bracelet small made from hand dyed 100% cotton cable cord. The three part twisted cord looks like a piece miniature rope that was used on the square-rig sailing ships. This material is soft and comfortable and can be used in medium and large sizes of this classic design. Visit the solid colors section of WhatKnotShop on Etsy to see more of these in different colors.

January 18, 2012

Sailor Love collection on Etsy

Here's a red white and blue collection of Sailor Love made by Keri Calhoun who has an Etsy shop Keriadonna filled with crochet and sewing projects focused on color and style. You can follow her on twitter or read her blog.

If you are a sailor you might love this HELLO SAILOR red striped Shirt & Anchor Pin XS-L made from jersey knit by Deborah Brehm. On the other hand you might just want a date with the model... See more of Deborah's work in akashacouture and be sure to join the Miss Lovett mailing list.

Add some blue to the red and white shirt with this SAILOR'S HOOK Bracelet made by Erin Smith of MOONDROPSjewelry.

The featured item in this collection is the teal blue turks head knot rope bracelet small made from hand dyed cotton braid. This is a "small" size but is available in medium and large by request. Visit the solid colors section of WhatKnotShop on Etsy to see more of these classic rope bracelets in a range of colors.

January 17, 2012

solid triangular turks head of 13 leads


ABoK #1388 (page 251) pattern as transcribed by Norbert printed and mounted on a 10 3/4" circumference cardboard tube. Inside the tube is a foam plastic pool noodle segment that holds the slack cord and provides a mounting point for the spindle. Note the grey and white outlines showing the routing for the two cords required to create this knot.
The knot laid up with two pieces of cord: orange and black. Some of the push pins have been removed for clarity. Extra orange cord is wrapped around he tube on the left.

The black cord is laid out first using the push pins to hold the cord on the pattern. The orange cord is laid out observing the required over and under relationships.


The knot has been partially drawn up and removed from the mold. At this point it resembles a rat's nest and any errors are undetectable.
Knot has been drawn up to a loose but recognizable form and the cords have been doubled. This example contains an error but you can't see it in this photo. According to Ashley "No one is advised to attempt this who does not take his knots seriously." so there...

photographs © copyright 2012 WhatKnotShop

January 16, 2012

winter blues collection on Etsy

It's winter and so we get these Winter Blues but we are not unhappy about how bright and cheerful this selection of blues can be. Thanks to Cristi Martin for putting this together so get over to her shop FelixandJayne and see what you will need to "carry on" - not the airplane but all that stuff you can't live without, she has answers.

It's all about the leather beginning with these 80s Cobalt Tall Suede Pirate Boots which need no further explanation (where do you get those shoes?) Find out from honeymoonmuse and check out the shop honey moon muse or friend them on Facebook.

And continuing with this Leather clutch/ pouch in pearl gray/ light blue a classic design with a functional purpose made by Ruthy in Haifa. See more of her strong design work in her shop rutinet.

The featured item in this collection is not made of leather rather a hand dyed braided cotton cord: teal blue turks head knot rope bracelet small the classic three part braid just right for a teen or smaller boned adult. Larger sizes are available by request or see the rest of the solid colors collection on Etsy. For an even more bewildering array of choices click over to my Zibbet shop where the listings don't expire and the fun continues.

catch this sailor's catch collection on Etsy

What a great Sailor's Catch this collection is made by Habby an Etsy promoter. See other collections here.

I like KarensRopeWorks and these Cotton Nautical Doorstops which are monkey fist knots (from huge monkeys!) More mats, boat accessories, and rope work in her shop.

More knotty art Big Sailor's Knot Necklace made by Cristina Olariu an Architect and knot artist. Check out her shop elfinadesign for more great work.

The featured item in this catchy collection is this navy blue turks head knot sailor rope bracelet made from hand dyed cotton cord. There are more designs and colors available in WhatKnotShop on Etsy and if you don't find something you like there visit WhatKnotShop on Zibbet for an even bigger collection.

January 15, 2012

star knot meridian cotton rope bracelet 1739




A single strand of 3 mm cotton cord is used to construct this rope bracelet with a series of star knots in the center.


The design is by Norbert Trupiano and is published by Charles Hamel. Find the tutorial here.


This is the same design as this nylon version #1738

This bracelet is a relaxed weave measuring about 8 1/4" (210 mm) inside circumference but it has the ability to stretch out to about a 9" inside circumference.

photographs © copyright 2012 WhatKnotShop

Can you feel it? new collection on Etsy

Essence Aflame's collection can you feel it? asks the question and the answer is "soft". Visit her shop essenceaflame to find a collection of candles which are poured individually and with extreme care and finesse.

To go with a scented candle you will want this Soft Musk - Cold Process Soap with Coconut Milk and Olive Oil made by Janine the addicted soap maker from Belfast, Maine. More "Wicked Good" Bath & Body Stuff! in her Etsy shop  WickedScentuals including bath bombs (don't these make a huge splash when they land??)

I like the color and design of this Friendship Bracelet MADE TO ORDER by Michelle L from LA. See more of her colorful line of friendship bracelets in her shop MichellesGoodies.

The featured item in this soft collection is this white cotton soft bangle part of the GEOmetry series of minimalist cotton cord jewelry available exclusively through WhatKnotShop. More designs here including the double bangle clothesline cord cuff or this wedge bangle clothesline cord bracelet. If you like the design but want a custom size made please contact me to make your request.

January 14, 2012

white rope bracelet 1713






natural white cotton braided cord




over two under two herringbone weave


extra large size 8 3/8" (213 mm)


                 available here


design and photographs © copyright 2012 WhatKnotShop


Sky Blue collection now showing on Etsy

Here's an uplifting color combination for a grey winter day: Sky Blue made by Ina Spiro an artist from Russia now living in Israel. Visit her shop Leris to find Flowers and Felted things all handmade of course.

Here's an unexpected but beautiful container: Oak leaf fabric bowl made by Jeannie part of her collection of leaf themed containers you can find in her shop evLienDesigns along with stationary and Jack'o Lantern leaves too.

Another handsome blue container is this Large Lidded Casserole in Sky Blue Glaze made by Carol Broadley part of her functional and stylish line of high fired stoneware. More sturdy, beautiful and value priced work in her shop CarolBroadleyPottery.

The features item in this blue collection is this white & sky blue turks head knot sailor rope bracelet made with soft hand dyed braided cotton cord. This one is a "medium" size and can stretch slightly to slip on over your hand. All of the colors offered in my shop are limited editions. You can see more blended color rope bracelets in my Etsy shop and a much larger collection in my Zibbet shop. Shipping is immediate on all listed items.

January 13, 2012

Class will be held outside today collection on Etsy

Class will be held outside today is a collection by Amanda & Joe filled with fun stuff, if only we could do this in January but Minnesota and Maine are too cold. Check out Amanda's featured seller interview and be sure to visit the LongWinterSoapCo shop.

Brianne serves up a fun Girl Dress with Military Style Details from the spring/summer collection available at VintageChildModern. Visit and pre-order now.

Heather Shaw offers this fun sewn card of Japanese paper from her Etsy shop pi'lo sale. Yes there are pillows, art, and party things with an abundance of cute kids.

The featured item in this fun collection is this white turks head knot sailor rope bracelet one of the classic white designs. You can wear these both inside and outside weather permitting of course!

January 12, 2012

Winter Beach collection on Etsy

This luminous Winter Beach collection by Tiffany Murphy has a lot of winter light and images. TiffanyStudio is where you can find her paintings or you can follow her blog.

This fascinating WHITE ORIGAMI KOI POND by Sipho Mabona shows off his exquisite skill creating these elegant and spare paper sculptures. See more including some with color in his shop MABONAORIGAMI.

This organic Porcelain Dish - 128-365 - Dish a Day Project made by Lisa Stevens looks like it might have been pried off an underwater coral reef. It's one of a series of fundraising projects Lisa is doing to support the The Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal. Great art for great work! More in her shop sea urchin.

The featured item in this collection is this aged paracord turks head knot rope sailor bracelet made from a very limited supply of authentic nylon cord rigging. More classic white bracelets here or you can see more of this design in hand dyed cotton cord in the solid colors section of WhatKnotShop on Etsy

clothesline cuff rope bracelet 1734





Slip on style bangle bracelet made with bleached cotton clothesline and four ply nylon thread.





Double layer of coiled rope creates a massive appearance but the bracelet is lightweight.


8 1/4" / 209 mm inside circumference

                     available here


wedge bangle                    GEOmetry collection

design and photographs © copyright 2012 WhatKnotShop

January 11, 2012

Rope bracelet with star knot meridian 1738

This is a complex knotted bracelet project that is based on a pattern developed by Norbert Trupiano and posted on Charles Hamel's  web in the "Nono Tuts" section. You will have to scroll down to the "Bracelet with Star Knot Meridian" headline to read about this one.

The design is made on a pattern grid that has been printed and then placed on a cardboard tube. The cord is then routed on the pattern using pins to hold the shape until the knot is complete.


The image shows a completed knot made from 1.5 mm white nylon braid that has not yet been worked up to final shape. You can see the reverse loops of the star knot clearly in the second photo.

The pvc mold shown in the photos is about 7 1/8" circumference. The knot was laid out on a 10 3/4" cardboard tube using the pattern grid.

This knot resembles a flat sinnit turks head (ABOK #1379) except that it is not really a turks head in the strict definition.


Here's a closeup of the knot worked up to final shape. You can see the star knot in the center of the weave.

See the same design made in 3 mm cotton here.

                        available here

photographs © copyright 2012 WhatKnotShop

This image is the pattern grid that was created by Norbert and used to lay out the knot. The red line is the registration line where the pattern can be repeated to create a larger circumference.


Pattern grid design copyright Norbert Trupiano, used with permission.

January 8, 2012

Tying Knots collection on Etsy

Tying Knots is one of my favorite activities and this collection by The Jetty has a lot of nice knot work. For some of us hobbyists it is "not work" but fun.

This Cotton rope sailor knot belt by marcelacamargo is a distinctive classic accessory. Find more knotty hair accessories and jewelry in his shop TeaAccessories.

I like the deconstructed look of this Big Knot Knit Bracelet in silver silk by Amanda Brown. Her shop ClementineBrown has several other knitted bracelets made from this soft material.

There is a lot to like at KarensRopeWork including this Cotton Nautical Doorstop - with Handle which is sold but don't be deterred there is more in her shop.

The featured item in this knotty collection is this white BASIC turks head knot sailor bracelet large adjustable. The material is 100% soft cotton braided cord made into a simple but sophisticated five part plain weave design. Each BASIC bracelet comes with illustrated instructions showing how to work it up to a smaller size on your wrist. Find many more colors in the BASIC bracelets section of my Etsy shop.


A fairwell to honeysuckle, Pantone's color of 2011 on Etsy

A fairwell to honeysuckle, Pantone's color of 2011 collection has lots of color and many items you will want to click through to see. Curated by Cassie from the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. Visit her Esty ShopClementine, her blog, her flickr page, or follow her on Twitter.

For pure colorful fun you need to see this Splash Dyed Hand PAINTED Scoop Neck Pinned Rolled Cuffs Tee and Bow Pin in White Spectrum Acid Pink by two string jane from LA. Visit Alyssa's shop twostringjane  to find more apparel & accessories or visit her online.

Hold the universe in your hand with this If I Could I Would Give You the Entire Universe II 8 x 10 Inch Digital Illustration Print made by Meredith Schwab and offered in her shop DittyDrops which is filled with bright geometry graphic designs.

The featured listing in this colorful collection is a colorful grey and purple turks head knot bracelet made from hand dyed cotton cord. This is an example of the collection of blended colors you can find in my Etsy shop or for an expanded collection click through to my Zibbet shop. This bracelet is a size "medium" but it's easy to order a large or small one all you have to do is ask.

Don't forget the Camera collection on Etsy

Don't Forget the Camera collection made by Jennifer Tatroe is a collection of well done product photos. Jennifer's shop Palimpsestic has original work that contains real historical pieces rather than digital prints or reproductions. Find more information about her on Twitter, her own website, or her blogspot.

An unusual item in this collection are these Arrows Sea Green, Red and Yellow made by Stacey Foster and offered through her shop verlaivans where you can find chevron necklaces, as well as a lot more arrows.

Simple but handsome this Knee Length Wool Skirt made by Jane and offered through janeyclothing is a classic with fully lined interior for keeping warm while awaiting for that photographer to locate the camera.

The featured item in this collection (top billing, thanks!) is the signature classic white turks head knot sailor rope bracelet made with 100% cotton cable cord and available in size small,  medium (shown) and large. This popular item is one of the best sellers in my Etsy shop

January 7, 2012

Finding your fit - a quick guide to size and selection of sailor bracelets

Here are some quick links to helpful articles discussing how to estimate rope bracelet size:

Figuring the fit - a how-to guide for estimating the correct size for a turks head bracelet. This post shows how to measure your hand and estimate the size of the bracelet that you want and also offers guidance on shrinkage factor for cotton bracelets.

Nominal sizing - offers a guide to the labels "small", "medium", and "large" that are used in the product offerings in WhatKnotShop. 

Working up a BASIC turks head knot bracelet offers a visual guide to tightening up an adjustable knot to fit snugly on your wrist.

How to measure your bangle size is a helpful tutorial by Janine Zschech on her Wood 'n Piece blog showing how to measure using an ordinary piece of paper and tape. You can also visit her Etsy shop to see her collection of Classic Handcrafted Wooden Jewelry.


January 6, 2012

Sailor's Lady collection on Etsy

Red White and bold this is the Sailor's Lady collection by Ema a student from Croatia. See her creative work in her shop ElwynJewelry Handmade Jewelry for Little Girls, Girls and Ladies.

Sailor lady #1 is this Sailor Color Blocked Nautical Retro Onepiece Bombshell Americana Swimsuit (S-2X) made by FablesbyBarrie shop filled with bright colors bold prints and models with no sunburn. (how do they do that?)...suncreen...

Sailor Lady #2 is this made to order Mis Sailor girl swimsuit xs-xl by Tamisha Glashen and offered in her shop meshalo. Real red white and blue fabrics part of the beach photo shoot video at Dockweiler State Beach in Hawaii (birthplace of our current President)

The featured item in this collection is this white BASIC turks head knot sailor bracelet made in soft white cotton cord. This is an adjustable rope bracelet that you can work up to your perfect fit with the illustrated instructions. Many other colors are available in the BASIC bracelets section of my Etsy shop. 

January 5, 2012

white nylon knotted collar large 1798





Give your dog (or your friend) the comfort and style of a traditional handwoven collar. This design features a double monkey fist toggle and loop closure. The bright white nylon is sanitary and soft. The weave is flexible and non binding.


This collar is made with two pieces of 1/8" nylon braided cord. The monkey fist knots are tied in the center of each piece, then the collar is woven with the slack ends.


size is 17 1/2" (444 mm). Smaller sizes are available as well.
The four part weave is friendly and flexible and the collar can be washed and sanitized if needed.



                        available here



design and photographs © copyright 2012 WhatKnotShop

January 4, 2012

About Night Fishing collection on Etsy

Haven't been doing this for awhile but this collection is About Night Fishing made by vintageberry. See a "Berry Mix of Vintage from her shop vintageberry.

Naturally there need to be fish in this collection and these Blue and dark blue Tube shape 20x25 mm fish Glass Lampwork Beads look just like they came out of an evening ocean. Lots more colors and shapes for the bead enthusiast in shop bkavcak from Istanbul.

If you go fishing you need palace to sit and this vintage blue canvas folding stool should make a comfortable perch on the dock and is easy to carry. Check out Beth Collier's shop lacklusterco vintage industrial decor for an unusual collection of items sure to be of interest to fisher persons everywhere.

The featured item in this night parade is this wide blue cotton turks head knot rope bracelet made from hand dyed cotton cord. The dark blue color is a classic and this wide cuff design is comfortable to wear. See more in the solid colors section of my Etsy shop or an even bigger collection in the solid color section of my Zibbet shop. (Hint: no listing fees on Zibbet!)

January 3, 2012

teal rope bracelet 1563






Classic 17 part weave design made with hand dyed 100% cotton cable cord.





The cord takes the dye in a variable absorption creating a textured teal blue color.





Size is medium 7 5/8" (193 mm) inside circumference


                     available here


design and photographs © copyright 2012 WhatKnotShop

January 2, 2012

Blue Sky collection on Etsy

Nothing but BlueSky in this collection curated by Sabina Harnage of things that had life before and new things that are about to begin. There are lots of soft new things in Susan's shop Crochet Gallery especially when skies are grey and cold winds are blowing.

Marble City Glassworks has this Sky Blue Window Suncatcher Ornament Hand Blown Glass Pond Float which will work just fine in your window if you don't happen to have a pond. More stuff on their website and blogspot.

Karen Faulkner makes this beautiful Sailing Away sky blue watercolor flower giclee fine art print on archival paper. See more of her watercolor prints at karenfaulknerart or visit her bloodspot to learn more about her inspiration and see additional work.

The featured item in this blue sky collection is this white & sky blue turks head knot sailor rope bracelet offered here in a medium size but available in both smaller and larger sizes by request. See more of these in the blended colors section of my Etsy shop or stop by blended colors on Zibbet for a wider selection of colors and styles.

January 1, 2012

Spring and Tangerine collection on Etsy

A splash of warm colors Spring and Tangerine collected by Mary Redaelli chases away the grey of winter. See lots more bright colors in her shop itsmemary filled with Hand Crocheted Jewelry and Accessories.

In the "old is new again" category is this NEON MOD Vintage 60s ORANGE NYLON ZIP TOP/BLOUSE/SHIRT offered by Tina Poppy through her shop violetvillevintage which is is every fashionista's best source for shopping high-fashion vintage designer clothing online! or visit her MAIN STORE.

More orange splash with this Blood Orange study, Archival Print of my original watercolor painting made by Yael Berger and sold through TheJoyof Color shop with more original watercolor paintings and Fine Art prints.

The feature item in this collection is this fiber wrapped soft bangle bracelet lemon, orange and gold one of the )design( strata series of fiber art bracelets available exclusively though WhatKnotShop. Check out the design section of my Etsy shop to see more unique pieces of fiber art. To see an even bigger collection visit the design section of the Zibbet shop where listings never expire (and the sky is not cloudy all day...)