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* Karen Smith Knotworks *

Bird Wing Brooch

For almost 40 years I have been working with micromacrame knotting to create jewelry and tapestries inspired by cultures around the world and the abundant natural beauty in my own backyard. Using primarily #18 nylon thread in dozens of colors, I work with a small variety of knots to make patterns of my own design. I often incorporate gemstone cabochons, fossils, and beads, and occasional woven, fabricated metal into my pieces. To break up the linear aspect inherent in textile patterns, I insert knotted ribbons or bundled, wrapped threads, which pierce the tapestry and give dimension and flow to the work. I knot over soldered wires to secure stones within their bezels, however most of the structure of the work is formed by the knotting alone.


Each of my pieces is a journey of exploration in textures and colors. After all these years, I feel I am only just beginning to discover what is possible with this medium.