Cavandoli Workshop was a Great Success

Fourteen Participants gathered at Moose Lake Resort near Bemidji, Minnesota to learn intermediate Cavandoli Knotting skills in May this year.

Marion Hunziker-Larsen (from Marion Jewels in Fiber) was the instructor and workshop participants arrived from Minnesota, California, Oklahoma, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois and South Dakota.

It was a two day workshop which reviewed basic Cavandoli Knotting then launched into more advanced techniques that included knotting around a wire armature, applying backing to pieces, interchanging colors, creating textures, carrying cord and finishing pieces.



Marion is a resource for information on cord, techniques and gave us great insight into planning pieces so that they are able to be repaired as needed, design, colors and history of this art form.









Everyone had fun learning together, sharing a potluck, sharing ideas and spending a weekend lakeside in lovely Northern Minnesota.  We look forward to having Marion back to teach us a technique for setting cabachons in fiber










This workshop was made possible with funding from the Region 2 Arts Council

and in kind donations from Caravan Beads

and Macrame Collective.

Enjoy some pictures highlighting our weekend together…

Meet Darlyn Susan Yee

While reading the latest issue of Fiber Art Now I noticed a photo of knotted sculpture by Darlyn Susan Yee. After a bit of searching I was able to contact her. She kindly submitted images and information about herself for us to enjoy. The very best part of creating Macrame Collective has been the chance to see what other artists are creating.

From her Artist Statement -

I create fiber-based installations and figurative sculptures that weave common threads and open dialogs between diverse cultures. I reclaim, repurpose, up-cycle and assemble expected and unexpected materials using traditional techniques in a unique way. I create fiber sculpture using traditional methods of knotting, knitting, crochet, needlework, weaving, patchwork and assemblage, to convey contemporary themes, concepts and sensibilities.

My materials include cotton, wool, mohair, linen, lurex, barricade, correction, audio and video tape, cotton string and rope. I manipulate texture and form through style combinations including hand knitting and manually manipulated machine knitting techniques with crochet. I choose to work with these materials because of their unique properties and, in some cases, to give them second lives.



Knotted Sculpture

Although I’ve been creating containers in various media since childhood, for the last twelve years I’ve been stimulated by the textures that the knotting process yields. Through my study of the human form and character, I realized that we judge others by their appearances and attire, or their own personal containers. Fascinated its simplicity and raw beauty, I have chosen cotton fiber for this series.  Employing the basic knots, I’ve hand-built each piece knot by knot, just as one would shape or form a clay object. Utilizing the knot structures and fiber properties, I’ve encouraged the final shape of each unique sculpture.















Best known for her knotted sculptural artwork, Ms. Yee was included in 100 Artists of the West Coast II from Schiffer Books.

She has written the book Macramé Today: Contemporary Knotting Projects to share her passion for knotting.

Meet Elena Miklush

Those of you who are regular readers will know Peter the Knotter.

Peter introduced me to the work of Elena Miklush and now it is my honor

to introduce her to her work.
















In her own words: 

Every knot is a mystery.

You tie the first, then the second, you add color and texture, whether it is a fine nylon fiber, a hemp

twine, a satin cord or a rope, and the mystery gradually comes out showing its outlines.

I try to catch on with the mood of the fiber and reveal what it hides.

I like it when the image stays vague and does not show the bare truth.

It is a niche where everyone can find one’s personal or private vision.









Where you can see more:

I asked Elena to tell us more about herself and here’s what she had to say:

I was eleven or twelve when my grandmother taught me my first knots. At that time everyone made owls and pots but my granny was very creative so we preferred bags ( in fact very beautiful and I have in mind to try to make something of the sort) and jewelry and belts.


Thread was always a problem – fine embroidery silk was too thin, so we untwined laundry ropes. I liked knotting but not all the preparations – measuring and mounting and making “butterflies” of all the ends. In a year or so I was done with my macrame. It took another almost 20 years and Internet for me to realize what treasure I had at hand.

When I first saw the works of Joan Babcock, I thought it was beading. It was a kind of a shock when I realized it was knotting. The lightning came not very long ago – in 2008. I rediscovered macrame and myself in the art. First I made simple jewelry for my relatives. Then I got acquainted with a woman who was an organizer of International exhibition which take place annually in Minsk, Belarus. Though it is a beading event she decided to exhibit my works too. It was well received.


2011 marked my first exhibition year – first in Minsk “Farby Dushi-2011″ (“Colors of the soul”), BFW-2011 in a group of participants, than in Moscow “Beading Design. Fresh wave -2011″ (first prize in my category), ” Beading Design-2012″. The next one will be in Minsk again – “Farby Dushi-2012″.

As I am a mother of two not very grown-up boys with lots of out-of-school activities, I knot mostly at night, each piece thus taking at least 3 weeks to complete. Lately got fascinated with Chinese knotting and Japanese braiding known as kumihimo. Now am working on the ways to incorporate newly acquired knowledge in my work.


I am 37 married with two sons. Now I live in Moscow with my family. I have a Master-equivalent degree in electronics. But working full-time mother