Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Let's Get Knotty

Hi folks,

No, it's not a spelling mistake, I do mean 'knotty' and not 'naughty'!

The challenge this fortnight over at Anything But a Card is TIE IT UP! (incorporate things that can be tied: twine, ribbon, thread, wire, rope, cording, trim, chain, seam binding, etc).

What immediately sprung to mind for me was Macrame, all the rage in the 70's, when every trendy household had a hanging plant pot holder! However, that being several decades ago, I couldn't remember how to do the knots so I had to to look it up on the web.  I've gone for the simplest knot and made a wee keyring using black cord and some wooden beads...





Also big in the 70's was stitched art.  I can remember my mother chapping in hundreds of nails and wrapping round fancy threads to make fabulous creations - she may even still have them in the loft - I particularly remember she did a penny farthing!!  

Anyways, whilst I was in a retro mood, I decided to make a  stitched card. 




I simply printed out a heart shape and punched holes with a needle. I used 3 strands of DMC thread and added some beads.

This card fits the challenges over at ...

Addicted to CAS - Code Word - Heart
Let's Craft and Create - CAS Love

And just for good measure here's a photo of the beautiful sky this morning looking out over the North Sea.




Thanks for coming to visit, hope you're all well!

Take care

Suze xx

22 comments:

craftattack said...

The photo is wonderful, how lovely to see the sun again! Great knotty pieces, too - reminds me of my time teaching, when we were busy making macrame owls and doing curve stitching. Good memories, although I'm happy I can stay home these days! Hugs, Valerie

Victoria said...

How nice to see something different! Fab retro!

Eileen said...

Your heart looks lovely, and the beads just finish it off nicely. Thanks for joining in our latest challenge over at Let's Craft and Create.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Girl, do not end with that sky shot. I've just realized I've been sitting her for five minutes just dazed by it. What a blessed and spectacular view!

Slap. Okay. Boy, Suze, are you right about the macrame. Mine was pretty ragged by the time I finally let it go. Applause to you for finding out how to knot and doing it!

But, that card. Holy Moly, do I love that card! Talk about starting a trend. If this doesn't win ATCAS there is no sense in the universe. I'm aswoon.

(Also, I'm exhausted from laffing 'cause I thought you said your mother did nail art of a penny farting! Oy. It's hard for me to read the white on black - my meds give me blurry vision at times - but in this case, it was hecka funny!!)

Julia S-W said...

Fantastic photo Suze - what a glorious view you have!
I can remember doing both macrame and stitched pictures like the one you show - takes me back and makes me feel even more ancient than usual! Love that keyring. It wouldn't make a noise like some of the metal ones do when they knock against the car. Great idea!
Juliaxx
OOps - thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card this time too!

Mandy said...

beautiful creations Suze, thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Aileen said...

Oh you are knotty Suze! Love your beads could make a handbag do da too. Your card steals the show. Love it and the framing around the heart too. x

Karen B said...

Hi Suze - firstly thanks for taking me back in time.......macrame and nail art (no, not finger nails!). Love your tie it up project and your stitched heart is stunning framed within your card. Fab photo as well. Thanks for joining us at A2CAS this week.

Karen x

chrissies said...

The macrame piece is just fantastic-something I have never tried so must give it a go.

Love the heart-your sewing is very neat.

Best wishes Chrissie xx

lynne said...

This shows the breadth of your talent - macrame, hand sewing on cards and photography.
I love the sewing on the card, so striking and fabulous.
Wishes
Lynne

baileyrosy.com said...

What a show off !!! great photography, nail art and Macrame all in one post !!! I thought you were far to young for all of this but I see I was wrong, Darnells comments really cracked me up too. Fabulous card Suze and just perfect for our challenge at Addicted to CAS, thanks a bunch !

Marie

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Suze. Fabulous macrame ... and I love that stitched heart card. Perfect with the little bling additions and framed up in double white. Your morning sky shot is gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Addicted to CAS.

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Suze, Lovely to be here with you again, I've browsed back through your blog and some lovely crafting I spy:)) Your boggy break obviously did refresh you! This heart card is beautiful, so good to see some different crafting going on, love it, Gay xx
Gorgeous photo of the sunrise too x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

These are fabulous creations - also the photo looks wonderful.

florenceandfreddie said...

Hey Suze. Hope all is well. Wonderful card. Macrame brings back memories. With my other hat on Thank you for playing along with the ATCAS challenge.
Regards Florence x

Jenni's Jems said...

Aw I came over all nostalgic when I read our post - knot!I can remember those macrame days well and me being all fingers and thumbs hee he ,but love your keyring but that heart is just so absolutely stunning!!! x

strangelycreative said...

Hi Suze - you have just made me feel really old! I remember those macrame hangers they always had in a really manky spider plant!! And those pictures were either penny farthings or pocket watches werent they on velvet!!! Next it will be painting by numbers on velvet - cos I remember doing them. of course I was only a babe in arms....(laughing). Wow what a beautiful picture though - gorgeous! Great post Suze! Cx

Kylie said...

Suze! Awesome card, just perfect. Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS! xx

Von said...

Macrame is certianly on trend at the moment Suze :) love the beads and your heart s ace :)
Von ♥

Christy said...

Awesome use of string!!! :) Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card!!! :) :) :)

Lindsey said...

V original. I like it!!

Julie Short said...

Your entry to Anything But A Card is
Knottingly good. It realli si true that everything old does indeed become new. Your keyring is both pretty but also functional in such a cool way. Thank you for joining in this challenge.