Instagram

This week I want to share with you that I have started an Instagram account and am planning on using this account to share new pieces of jewellery and accessories that I have made, experiments, and also to see possible interest in a tutorial for certain pieces. 

 

You can find me on Instagram under the name csldesigns if you are interested in following me and seeing what I am up to. 

 

I have already posted my first picture of a recent bracelet I made for a family members birthday and I am planning on making a tutorial for this. So if you want to stay up to date, then head over to Instagram and follow me for future updates.

Tutorial announcement

This week I want to give everyone a heads up on a tutorial I have coming up as one of my next tutorials. It is my most requested one and I have been working hard for the past week to get the tutorial together as it is a fairly big project and I really wanted to get the tutorial right. The tutorial I have been working on is for my micro macrame tree of life, so I hope it will be good enough to help everyone that have requested it and also everyone else.

Like I mentioned it is a fairly big project to take on, but the end result is so worth the time and effort you put into it, however you would choose to make your design. But all you need to complete this project is some time, patience and a basic knowledge of macrame knots. When you first see the piece it might look complicated and intimidating, but the knots that is used are the basic macrame knots. The only complicated thing about this project is the amount of cords you are working with, but this is where the time and patience comes in, so I really hope that if you want to create your own version of this project, that you give it a go.

So here is the tutorial making in progress:

So if you are interested in this tutorial to learn how to make a micro macrame tree of life, then keep an eye out on my Youtube channel as it will be published as one of my next tutorials. 

Halloween is coming.

So we are getting to the end of October and nearing the end of the year, but before we quite get there, there are a few holidays along the way. The first one of them being Halloween. Now I know it isn’t celebrated everywhere, but it is growing year by year and regardless it’s always fun to see what people can think of in relation to the holiday I think, whether it is products, decorations, the beauty industry and of course the creative side of things. Loads of tutorials within different areas have already started weeks ago, and since we are getting closer I think it’s about time to join in. 

 

Last year around Halloween I made a macrame spider, but no tutorial for it as I hadn’t started making tutorial yet. This year I have decided to actually make a tutorial for the macrame spider so anyone could hopefully have a go at making it themselves. The final spider is somewhat 3D as it has a nice texture to the body and shape to the legs, that help make it more realistic. So this tutorial will be posted tomorrow as my macrame Halloween tutorial for this year, so look out for it on my Youtube channel.

My favourite cords and thread for macrame and where I buy them.

This week I want to share a few of my favourite places that I buy some of my materials for macrame from. I use different materials for different purposes within macrame, all depending on the look I want to achieve. The first type of cord that I want to touch upon is satin cord. I really like using this cord when doing regular macrame because I like the elegant look it can give the final piece of jewellery, and also it is a strong and durable material which is also very important for the quality and longevity of the pieces as I believe the quality is just as important as the design. Satin cord can be bought in many different places and for varying prices and quality. I buy mine from a couple of different places. One of my favourite places to buy it is on eBay, because the value for money is he best I have found without compromising on quality. I buy it on 70m spools and they range across different sizes and colours. The prices for these 70m spools range between £3-5 with free delivery, which I think is a great price. And I personally really like the quality of it. The only downside is that it gets shipped from China, which means that delivery time takes quite a while. Normally a few weeks in my case, but I think it is well worth the wait. I just try and plan ahead to make sure I don’t run out in the mean time. 

This is a link to one of the sellers on eBay that provide these rolls of satin cord: 

Satin cord on eBay

I also buy my satin cord from a wholesaler which is placed back home in Denmark where I come from. So every time I visit my family that is a must visit place for me. They also have an online shop which is gradually expanding. It is great to buy from there as the quality is great and the more you buy the cheaper it is. The satin cord from them comes on 25m spools, for wholesale prices. And they also have loads of other goodies. We can spend hours in that shop when I am home to visit. 

The link for their online shop is: 

Tomato wholesale shop

The next type of cord I like to use for macrame is a nylon cord. It is about 0.8mm in thickness and I also buy this on eBay. It comes on 135m spools and in many colours and costs £3-4 per spools. These are also shipped from China, but again is worth the wait as the quality and price is great. This is the type of cord I used to make my macrame rose and tulip. 

The following is a link to a seller on eBay that provide this cord: 

Nylon cord on eBay

Moving on to micro macrame, I also have a few different cords and threads that I like to use. The first one is s-lon/c-lon cord that is very commonly used for micro macrame. A great place to buy these are from eBay as they can be bought in packs of a selection of colours at a cheaper price than buying them individually, but these cords are available from many jewellery supply shops such as The Crystal Phoenix which is great if you want to only get a few selected colours of this cord. They have a pretty wide selection and the prices are decent with good delivery options. They also stock plenty of other jewellery making goodies. 

The link for their online shop is: 

The Crystal Phoenix

Another type of thread I like to use for micro macrame is a Chinese nylon thread. I like to use this for certain projects all depending on the look I want my piece to have. I also buy some of these when I am back home visiting the wholesale shop, but I have gotten most of this thread from Jewellery Maker as the prices are great on them, and that is where I first discovered the thread. They are sometimes sold in bundles which makes the value brilliant, and therefore I will often use this thread to experiment with my designs to find out if something will work or not and it is so cost effective.

This is a link to an example of the thread:

Jewellery Maker

Sneak peak of future micro macrame tutorial.

This week I have been very busy working on a lot of things behind the scenes. Updating various things like my shop on Etsy, my website and my Youtube channel. Alongside all of this I have been working on a future tutorial for my Youtube channel. This will be a tutorial on a small waves micro macrame tutorial and how to achieve a certain pattern with it. I am using 0.4mm s-lon cord to create this and also incorporate beads into this design. This is a look of the work in progress in between recording. 

For this particular bracelet I am using some silver metal spacer beads, but any kind and different sizes of beads can be used for this. I also explain in the tutorial how to achieve different patterns with this technique all dependant on the final look that you want. Other materials can also be used for this technique, like nylon thread, embroidery thread and even thicker cords like satin cord, but the final look and size will be determined by the choice of materials. So if you’re interested in learning this technique, keep an eye out for the tutorial on my Youtube channel shortly.

 

CSLdesigns YouTube Channel