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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

1/31/2012 - Micro macrame

While we were still in La Paz, we met a young lady from Colorado who was traveling around Latin America doing environmental work. Amanda showed Lulu some cool string bracelets and such that she'd learned from various artisans in her travels. Well, if you know Lulu, you know that nothing would do but that she had to learn how to make these bracelets, too. Unfortunately, Amanda moved on before Lulu got a good handle on the technique. I did some Google searches to try to find out something about these teeny little knots. They are so small that the bracelets actually look like they're beaded. I finally found something called micro macrame that looked like it might be the right thing.

Lulu studies several websites and tried her hand at it. The first few efforts were less than show quality and she was getting a little discouraged. But, other than tatting, I've never known her to throw in the towel on a craft. If someone else can do it, then so can she. Dammit!

Well, her perseverance finally paid off. She made a small, fairly plain bracelet and then decided to tackle a hat band for my new chapeau. This turned out to be quite an undertaking as a hatband is a wee bit longer than a bracelet and it takes a LOT of tiny little knots to make something an inch long. But, she did it:

Pretty snappy, eh?

Here are two bracelets she finished. The one with the twin snakes crawling around on it is some sort of Peruvian bracelet. It came out so cool that now she's working on one that has a coral snake color scheme.

Pretty cool, huh? If we ever make it down to the San Blas Islands off Panama, I suspect she'll take up mola making.


The Ceol Mors said...

As someone who suffers from a debilitating craft impairment, I would like to applaud Lulu for her craftiness. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Very very good LuAnn. Beautiful Does look like beads. Love, joan

Keith and Kay Schardein said...

OMG...simply stunning micro Macrame. Yes, I can see that Lulu will be making molas next! Keith wants to know if she can do "micro molas"?!

Let us know when she's ready to take bracelet orders...those are really lovely. Miss you guys! k