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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Moogie, this is a great necklace to showcase each and every component of this great necklace!…” read »

New Leaf Blue Leaf Redo

About this design:

So I made the New Leaf Blue Leaf necklace a while back. And while I "liked" it I didn't like it either. I was never quite happy with it. I bought the pale aqua glass pearls recently so I decided to redo it totally. I also had gotten a book on modern macrame techiniques & used it here. I'm thinking I like it better. Still have another pendant and will be doing a variation of the design.


Ceramic Aqua Leaf Pendant. Aqua Glass cube beads. Pale Aqua glass pearls. White large seed beads. TOHO seed beads in teal, pearl, & clear w/ aqua lining. Czech glass aqua flowers. Silver leaves. Silver beads. Silver toggle. Light brown S-lon cord.

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  1. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Teal and brown are SO awesome together. Earth and sea!!! I like the pendant a lot. I like the dangle leaves and the Czech flowers and the “pairs” of pearls.
    The macrame with seed beads, however, gives me shivers of fear and admiration. GO girl!!!

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Julie that was not hard at all. String on a bead, make a loop, pull end.of cord through. Its just a half hitch. Come on you do wire work!!!
    The one I posted before was asymmetrical and had darker pearls. It just left me dissatisfied for some reason.

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    Deb, love the colors, there is so much interest in this piece, kudos to the macrame skills, I did some knotting yesterday, just between the beads and believe me that my language was not very pretty, tread and me are the worst enemies. :D

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Man is this cool!!! I recognize the macrame pattern with the spiral. What a great idea!!!

  5. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Love the colors, love the layout, impressed by your knotting skills!

    I assume the cats were not around as you worked with the thread manipulations….

  6. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I used to make bracelets with this pattern. Use 3 colors and make the hitch in 1 color for a set number, switch to 2nd color for set. Nimber, then 3rd color. These were usually long bracelets, wrapped several times. Or anklets also. Those you made a wish on and never took it off till it fell off.

  7. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh no Mary, ButterBall was right there, getting in the middle, gravbing the dangling cord or batting beads around in the tray. He found it quite fascinating!!

  8. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Gorgeous! Love the macrame work. :)

  9. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Deb: My wire holds still until I make it move. A pair of needle nose pliers will make even the most relectant wire behave!

    However, macrame is NOT my friend. I did do several pieces in the 70s (yes… DECADES ago) but they were from huge jute and fairly error-proof. Suffice it to say: YOU are the goddess of macrame!!! :)

  10. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Oh I love the beaded macrame section. My D.I.L. has been playing around with making anklets like that. Very cool design.

  11. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    I ardor this!

  12. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Deb, this is so pretty! My aunt taught me how to macrame when I was a kid…I haven’t done it in years. maybe I should give it a try!

  13. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Wow, Deb what a pretty necklace. I love that color. And there are so many interesting elements.

  14. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Deb, your description of those bracelets and anklets you made put me squarely into the late 60′s, early 70′s! I think you and I shared the same life! :)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Wow! What a beautiful design, Deb! Love the airy, botanical feel of it! Love the way those little seed beads “dance” along the cord.
    Like Julie and Asia, thread is NOT my friend! And am envious of your talent. I swear you’re speaking a foreign language too……hitch, half hitch, nimber etc…. ;-) Scary stuff when your are afraid of thread. 8O

  16. Laud
    Laud says:

    I like EVERYTHING about this necklace. I, too, did macrame back in the day, and now you’ve got me thinking about revisiting that technique. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Deb this is awesome! I wish I was more adept at the use of cord….I can do spiral ropes, but that’s about it! Love the colors too.

  18. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Mary S. lol I mispelled (small keyboard typo)…its not nimber but number. So I meant a “set number” of half hitches. Believe me that stitch is no where near as hard as everyone seems to be imagining. The hardest part was getting the stitch right so they went opposite ways on either side.
    The book I purchased was “BEADED MACRAME JEWELRY” by Sherri Haab. It has gorgeous pieces, even leather bracelets with/without beads. There is a beautiful crystal bracelet you would love Julie. Laud I know you would love the book and would skillfully adapt any techiques into your awesome bead weaving talents.

    Thanks everyone. I wasn’t sure how you would like it.

  19. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    I like it and I like the techniques you used! :)

  20. Sarajo W
    Sarajo W says:

    Wow! This is so cool!

  21. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Love this!

  22. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    This is just amazing, Deb – - would have never guessed macrame techniques would result in such fab jewelry (probably because I remember those plant hangers from the 70′s). Am eager to see what else you create using the macrame techniques – - -

  23. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    My next project is bracelet.

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