I must be honest, I am not usually attracted to Macrame. The very word makes me think of unattractive, large plant holders from when I was a child in the 70s. So I was not expected to be impressed when I stumbled upon the book Beaded Macrame Jewelry by Sherri Haab at the bookstore. But I have enjoyed her other publications, so I gave it a try.
To my surprise, I fell in love with the innovative uses for macrame techniques for jewelry in this book! The projects are clean and contemporary, but have the beautiful intricacy of knotted cord that macrame provides.
One of my favorite projects is a knotted cord bracelet with lampworked art beads, which is fun and colorful. Many of the other projects in the book can be easily adapted to incorporate other art beads and pendants as well. The projects that sold me are the simple ones in the front of the book, which use common round leather for the cord with funky button style bead clasps. They look easy to make, and really bold and contemporary. Later in the book there are more elaborate macrame projects, which are very attractive and inspiring as well.
I do not often buy craft books, especially beading books, but this one came home with me. I highly recommend it!