September 24, 2010

double toggle beaded cuff "tide pool" bracelet 891

This wide beaded cuff braceletis made with darker blue, green and grey cords and features a double toggle closure with a keeper loop.

This view shows the bracelet in it's smallest closed position with the large blue beads pulled through the loops. The keeper loop is visible in front.

When closed this measures about 8" (203 mm) inside circumference.
 There are beads worked into the loops that form the ends of the cuff. These are of various colors and sizes offering a "found" look to the piece.

Light purple and green-blue floss finish off this side.

This bracelet is available for sale  click here
This view shows the opened position with the keeper loop passing through the toggle loops. Periwinkle blue and bright green floss finish off the edges.

This is part of the design )strata( collection available on Zibbet      click here      to see the other items like this one in the collection.

design and photographs copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

September 22, 2010

double toggle beaded cuff bracelet "sea snail" 887

Multiple strands of blue, green, teal, black, and sky cords are combined with irregular beads to form a unique organic style cuff bracelet. Inspired by the many forms and random juxtapositions of creatures and rock formations found along the shore this piece captures the curious spirit of marine life.
Two large glass beads and loops create the toggle closure. Closed size is approx. 8" (203 mm) inside circumference.

The multi colored glass beads worked into the structure of the fabric set off the basic color scheme with both texture and color.
This view looks like the approach of a fantastic sea snail with multiple eyes.

Made from 100% hand dyed cotton cord, glass beads, cotton floss, and nylon thread.
This item is available for sale   click here
Design and photographs copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

September 21, 2010

Denim turks head rope bracelet 884

This is a design created as a donation to the Global Genes Project which is a research project to learn more about rare childhood diseases.

This design is part of the 7000 bracelets for hope campaign.

The bracelet is made from hand dyed cotton cord with a strip of denim fabric in the center. Size is adult "medium" (8" inside circumference) with plenty of flex and stretch. Fabric is secured with nylon thread stitching.

Find this design in the Zibbet shop and soon to be online at the 7000 Bracelets for hope.

Denim Bracelet

A portion of the proceeds for sales of this bracelet will be donated to the Global Genes project.

design and photographs copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

September 16, 2010

adjustable anemone bracelet

This is the original anemone cuff bracelet design made from up-cycled bits of colored cord. The diameter is fixed as the nylon threads that bind the cords run in a circular pattern. The bracelet is made on a mold which sets the finished internal circumference.

This item is available on Etsy click here

Extra wide with the frayed ends fanned out just like the tentacles on the real anemones found in the ocean. A mix of colored cords was used in this prototype.

This is the new design which is adjustable to fit extra small wrists of about 6" or so on up to the larger 8" size.

The same design is used except the binding thread is not continuous but creates an opening to allow size adjustment.

A uniquely designed beaded toggle enables the continuous adjustment from small to extra large.

In this view the small dark bead center bottom is placed through a loop of the black cord. The bead slides on the loop of blue cord to adjust the fit.

The two other dark beads can rest inside their own loops when the bracelet is adjusted to the small size  or they simply ride on the closure loops.
Colors are a mixture of blue, turquoise, green, and grey. All cotton cords are hand dyed and stitched with 4 ply nylon thread. Beads are made of dark glass. Cotton floss is used to detail the stress points.

Here is the bracelet opened up showing the toggle beads and the loop fully extended.

design and photographs copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

September 15, 2010

BASIC rope bracelets fall color series

natural white   left

fog grey   center

skye blue   right

materials are 100% cotton
all except white are hand dyed in small batches

Find these in the Etsy WhatKnotShop BASIC section

chocolate brown   left

fog grey   center

dark green   right

All are supplied with loose ends to permit final adjustment to your custom fit.

Instructions included with each order and available online right here:   Instructions

natural white   left

skye blue   center

denim blue   right
fog grey   left

natural white

dark green


denim blue

skye blue   right

design and photographs copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

September 14, 2010

fiber wrapped slip on bracelets 849, 850, 851, 852

Soft cotton fiber wrapped bangle bracelet 849

Made with a nylon core and hand dyed cotton fibers in colors grey, turquoise, and copper green

Size "extra large" 9 7/8" (251 mm) inside circumference

Soft cotton fiber wrapped bangle bracelet 850

Nylon core and hand dyed cotton fibers in colors eggplant, copper green, turquoise, and denim

Size is "medium" 7 3/4" (198 mm) inside circumference

Soft cotton fiber wrapped bangle bracelet 851

Nylon core wrapped with hand dyed hemp and cotton fibers, colors are natural tan, red, and eggplant

size is "large" 8 1/2" (218 mm) inside circumference

Soft cotton fiber wrapped bangle bracelet 852

Nylon core wrapped with hand dyed cotton fibers, colors are grey, eggplant, turquoise, and white
size is "medium" 7 5/8" (194 mm) inside circumference

Find these and other fiber wrapped  designs on Zibbet

design and photographs copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

September 12, 2010

herringbone rope bracelet in white synthetic 847

Made from a feather weight synthetic cord this herringbone weave design has lots of stretch to it but will return to it's original shape.

Weave design is 34 x 5 x 2

Single cord construction, ends are stitched and trimmed, unaffected by water and non shrinking.

In this edge view you can see the double weave "V" pattern distinctive to the herringbone design.

See these online venues for this and many other sizes and colors.


design and photographs copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

copper green turks head rope bracelet 827

Copper green color hand dyed on a soft laid #72 cotton cord gives this a somewhat muted finished color. The cord spent only a few minutes in a diluted dye bath before getting rinsed and dried.

The material comes off the ball in a color that has not been heavily bleached. This light grey blends well with the blues and greens to achieve these subtle finished colors.

Weave design is 17 x 5 x 3
Finished size is adult "medium"

find this and others like it in one of these three online venues:


design and photographs copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

September 11, 2010

turks head knot bracelets in bright neon color combinations

neon brights available in the Etsy shop, all shown "medium" size larger and smaller sizes are available by request.

white and orange

white and yellow

yellow and electric green

white and purple

orange and yellow

pink and purple

design and photographs copyright 2010 and 2011 WhatKnotShop

September 8, 2010

Apostle Island cruise

Anchored just west of South Twin Island looking north into Lake Superior at sunset September 5, 2010. A very nice looking sloop poses for a chamber of commerce style image. The tip of Rocky Island is visible on the left.

Wind is calm, temperature mid 60's, visibility estimated at 5 miles or more.

photograph copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

neon navy blue and electric lime green rope bracelet 834

Navy blue and lime green combine to create a vibrant color combination. Materials are 100% synthetic integral color cord. 

No shrinkage expected, size is "medium" but available in both larger and smaller versions as well.

This is 17 x 5 x 3 weave pattern in a common flat weave turks head not. Ends are melted and stitched to prevent unwanted raveling.

Find this and other neon brights in the Etsy shop. Example shown "medium" size larger and smaller sizes are available by request.

design and photographs copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

classic wide weave turks head knot sailor bracelet 839

Classic cotton cord materials are made into a classic design plain weave turks head bracelet 9 parts by 22 bights. This one is a shrink to fit cotton in a bright white color.

The weave is loose and flexible to fit over your hand.

find this and other designs in the online shops:


design and photographs copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

Neon colors pink and purple rope bracelet 830

If subdued colors are not your thing then maybe this bright neon color combination will light up your day. These are made from 100% synthetic cords factory made in bright pink and purple.

The material is relaxed and soft, the size is medium 7 1/2" inside circumference and flexible to slid on easily.

All synthetic construction will not shrink when wet. 

Find this and other neon brights in the Etsy shop. 

design and photographs copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

turquoise and sky rope bracelet 843

Blue and green together are an almost irresistible combination of colors. Maybe it's the affinity we feel with the warm oceans.

Here's a combination of turquoise and medium blue that reminds me of summer.


End stitching the cords is something that holds the bracelet together and prevents unraveling. This end stitching is standard on all non adjustable bracelets sold in the online venues.

See the little white thread tails? That's the end stitching. It's done with 4 ply waxed nylon thread. Look for the end stitching tail on rope bracelets made by WhatKnotShop

design and photographs copyright 2010 WhatKnotShop

September 2, 2010

custom work for kids 816

Every now and then I receive a request for a custom piece for a younger person. I like making these for kids as it continues the tradition of having something cool and special that is yours alone.

This is a special request for someone who was passionate about purple but needed a smaller size than was offered in the online shop.

I had a bit of the purple cord remaining from the original dye batch which was long enough to make this 12 x 5 x 3 double diamond design.

So don't be shy about asking for a child sized version of work that is listed in the online shops. Most of the pieces offered can be made in smaller sizes that will fit younger kids as well as tweens.

Measure according to this guide then visit any one of these online shops to look over the selections, and contact me if you would like a special order made to fit a special child.


Salsa 2-4 fest at Afton Alps

There is a first time for everything and this last weekend was my first time at a mountain bike race. The event was sponsored by Salsa and featured two races: an 8 hour affair and a 24 hour knock your socks off enduro. Now extreme mountain bikers may appear intimidating but they are some of the friendliest people around. Watching these committed athletes riding in 90 degree heat all day and into the night was to say the least, impressive.

WhatKnotShop had a vendor both along with several other Minnesota based vendors including Allison pot pour ri jewelry design on Etsy. She offers finely crafted work in wood including rings, pendants, and earrings. Her work is both beautiful and quite affordable. 

Another artist who displayed her work was emily floyd. Her website is here but for now you are re-directed to her blog which is here. Emily creates pieces from high quality leather, rubber from bike inner tubes, and other reclaimed materials. I especially like her use of the inner tubes to create inside-out earrings. She also makes these cool bracelets from rubber and reclaimed leather samples that have a cut fringe on one side and a smooth fold on the other. 

Erica's Etsy shop reinvented wonders has the coolest colorful bibs made from colorful recycled signage fabrics. For the many families that attended this event Erica offers just the right thing to catch the attention of the younger set as well as the food that seems to avoid their mouths.

Angee Mai brought her fabulous claymation figures which attracted a of attention. Find a fun video at Claymate Creations  and see what I mean.

Throughout the festival there was live music including:

Right from Rona - Rock/Pop/Indie:
High Hopes - Hard Core Punk:
Four on the Floor - Southern Rock:
Eric Swan - Acoustic Guitar <--my personal favorite providing mellow tunes throughout a hot afternoon
Dad's Night-Time Friends - Covers: (Saturday night)