Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wired Micro Macrame Jewelry Designs by Joan Babcock

By on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 9 Comments

Micro macrame jewelry is simply gorgeous.  Team it with wire and the results are even more spectacular.  Joan Babcock is the artisan best known for this innovative technique.


She started out in the fiber arts back in the 1960's when she was a youngster.  Macrame was all the rage then.  Joan says, " Over the years my work has continued to evolve as I've explored new techniques such as wire weaving, metal work, and bead mosaics."


She now makes incredible fiber sculptural works as well as jewelry. Her favorite jewelry pieces are the necklaces. Many of her pieces have either an Oriental or Aztec look about them.  The colors and clever knotting combined with wire are awe-inspiring.


Joan uses the cavandoli method of knotting which is distinguished by the geometric patterns and weaving style.



Joan teaches through workshops, online, dvds as well as through her books.  One such publication of hers is Wired Micro-Macramé Jewelry: Enhancing Fiber Designs with Wire.



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9 comments:

  1. Holy smokes! Those are some very nice necklaces.

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  2. Joan's work is amazing! I hope some day to take one of her courses- perhaps at the Bead and Button show or if she makes it to Canada. She is a true fibre artist.

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  3. ouh sooo beautiful & inspiring...
    thanks for sharing... ^_^

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  4. I can't get the link to Joan's book to work...

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  5. Please close your browser and try again. The link is fine. So probably a glitch.

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  6. Hurray! Joan is one of my favorite jewelry and fiber artists. I took a bead mosaic class with her years ago, and it was one of my favorite Bead and Button Show classes.

    Next year I might have to take a macrame class from her.

    Thanks for featuring her work!!

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  7. I remember the 60's and the macramé rage, but back then it was pot hangers, belts and handbags. Nothing as finely detailed and delicate as these masterpieces.

    Love the look of the last 2 pictures - reminds me of Soutashe.

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  8. Beautiful, simply beautiful. I love her work and I would love to learn her technique.:)

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  9. Your work is seriously, absolutely gorgeous!! Wow!

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