One of my aunts traveled home with a giant spool of soft linen thread for knitting - instant excitement in my macramanic head! But I have developed a love/hate relationship with this cord.

I love how the natural color matches almost everything, it doesn't scream loudly in your face, and it has an organic, rough texture to it. It feels earthy. However, during the making process, this linen fella makes one heck of a fluff festival! But hey, it just brings it all down to earth!

The most recent piece made with this linen thread is the Organum pendant. Before that, was the Calypso in Amazonite necklace. Indeed both of these have Amazonite gemstones, I thought the stripes within the stones fitted perfectly with the natural linen color. Here's Calypso in the creative process:

Then there is the Orka necklace, which I'm tempted to paint, add some color into the natural scheme. See what I meant about the love/hate feelings? What do you think, to paint, or not to paint?

And my first attempt at this linen cord was a small leaf part in the tribal in bone necklace.

There's still plenty of this cord left for me to play with, let's see if the hate ever leaves the picture! So far the love seems to take over.

 

It started with friendship bracelets when I was eight years old. Sewing was already something I enjoyed; then my godmother came with a friendship bracelet tutorial book and the fury of knotting began. My mother tried teaching me some Macramé at some point, since she made some rather large extravagant macrame curtains for her clothes/swimwear boutique. I suppose having a designer for a mother meant that creating out of textiles was never out of reach for me. It was always a part of me, yet I spent the majority of my childhood and young adulthood dancing. So anything creative that wasn't dance I did purely out of enjoyment, I guess you could say a hobby.

For some reason I can't quite figure out, towards the end of my training as a dance therapist, I took some threads again, made some embroidery, and then began knotting like the way I used to (a la friendship bracelet style), and suddenly it came to my realiszation that ANYTHING was possible to create out of knots. Through internet browsing I realised that Macramé is just the reverse image of friendship bracelets, so I quickly fine tuned my knots and reversed them! And it swept me away, literally. I was knotting non-stop. An addictive fever took over me and I couldn't stop.

First, I wanted to learn some basics... Still using embroidery floss for cords, I wanted to learn the beautiful mandala lotus pattern. This youtube video by CSLdesigns, with her soft spoken, calming charm took me through my first macrame tutorial. And here is what happened:

 

Yes, it turned into madness reigns in mandala lala-land, I was actually trying to make a necklace! Well, I'm still planning to turn this into a bracelet, it's one of many unfinished pieces waiting for me to put all the parts into one functional object!

I then made the Lotus bloom necklace, this piece now sold. And soon I dived into hemp cords, and learnt the art of cabochon, making the Zing necklace.

I still experiment with different types of cords. I love how each material creates a completely different texture. But I think its safe to say, Love knots is not just my hobby. No, Love knots is a passion. I'll continue knotting for as long as the fire burns.

 

Under cold sunrise.
Lays still fox with head in paws.
Rest in peace. Alive.
                        Charles Mallah