My first shot at Cavandoli style was the Winged Orthoceras bracelet, made with cotton embroidery thread, an Orthoceras fossil stone, and gazillions of knots. Indeed the millions of knots all tight together is what makes the Cavandoli style a long process - but then there are many Love Knots pieces that have taken me tons of hours/days to create. The Silky necklace and the Vain Jane necklace came straight after, in Cavandoli. Then little Leo the Lion pendant arrived, with my nephew's birth.

The main thing that separates Cavandoli from other macrame techniques is that it can look like it is woven and the designs are created with squared paper (each two knots representing one square), much like knitting, and friendship bracelet patterns. Here is the pattern I made for Vain Jane, inspired by Morrocan prints:

One day we all die...but not on all the other days! ~Unknown

September 2015, this creature sprung to life

A loved one said it looked like a peacock, and could be left untouched. But frills don't fascinate me as much. No, I had bigger dreams for this purple babe. It turned into the Milky Way carriage necklace. It's a Lariat necklace with two options for adjustable length, made with multicolored and black hemp cord, purple leather cord, black onyx gemstones, and metal rings.

The finalised piece reminds me of Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night', crossed with Cinderella's pumpkin transformed into a carriage! Does anyone else see it? I feel a poem springing from this fount...

She tumbled, and bellowed, and burrowed through the tunnel
Falling, and slipping down this endless funnel
Whoosh she landed into the big starry night
With the clouds swirling, and twirling, and whirling in delight
Up and around, down and upside down,
Swish and swoosh, plink and plonk, dunk donk
Sucked into her carriage, she sat like a queen,
Laughing through this ravaging nightly cuisine
Mm aha! I know what you are! You miserable cabbage
Nothing more but my Milky Way carriage

What's interesting about this multicolored cord is how different it can look depending on patterns and other color coordinations. I made the Chrysocholia Heart necklace with the same cord, combined with a green color. Also the Sprouts bracelet, in classic leaf pattern.

 

 

 

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.