Featured Artist: Knots and Sparklez

Meet Vicky from Knotz and Sparklez. She is a micro macramé artist putting a new twist on a retro craft.When I think of macramé, the first thing that comes to mind is a kitchy, 1970's era, jute plant hanger dangling from the ceiling and filled with a sprawling spider plant. At least that used to be the case until I discovered Knotz and Sparklez on Etsy.

Vicky, the shop's owner, adds a modern twist to macramé, along with some sparkly bling, creating intricate jewelry designs that are sure to change your opinions about the retro craft.
Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Vicky and I’m originally from Genoa, Italy, right on the Mediterranean Sea, I have also lived in Germany for 10 yrs by the beautiful Bavarian Alps and reside now in NYC with my family.
What do you create?

I’m a macramé artisan, my specialty is micro macramé, namely I create jewelry and accessories by knotting tiny cords in various patterns and adding other components like beads, crystals, charms, more to make my pieces unique.

I have crafted necklaces, chokers, bracelets, arm bands for watches, rings, pendants and hair accessories and I plan on adding much more in the future.

Meet Vicky from Knotz and Sparklez. She is a micro macramé artist putting a new twist on a retro craft. What is your favorite craft or hobby and how did you learn it?

I have always been crafty, it is in my family and we were taught as kids to crochet, knit and do embroidery, we also did macramé in summer camp, these were daily activities for us much like kids now plays with electronics. My mother and sister are both crafters, they can make just about anything, and my grandfather was very crafty as well, during WW2 he supported his family by crafting things out of what he could find, fixing anything he could land his hands on and bartering those services for food for his family. So these were programmed in our genes I don’t think however that I have a favorite.


Meet Vicky from Knotz and Sparklez. She is a micro macramé artist putting a new twist on a retro craft. What or who inspires you in your crafting?

Just about anything, a pattern I see on someone’s clothing, a color pattern on a store window, someone wearing a piece of metallic jewelry that gets me wondering if it can be reproduced in fiber form.

What’s your philosophy about crafting and/or life?

Not sure I have one, I’m not that great at philosophy… but I would say persevere once you start something.
Is crafting a hobby, business, or something in between?

I would say a bit of everything, right now it has to be my business since I’m a stay at home mom and I dedicate what little free time I have to my little crafting adventure I called Knots and Sparklez.

This allow me to be creative, generate some income and most of all by doing it from home I can still take care of my family, even though at times it is hard to combine all these tasks seamlessly.

Maybe once I can return to work it will be my hobby.

Meet Vicky from Knotz and Sparklez. She is a micro macramé artist putting a new twist on a retro craft. How did you choose your brand or shop name?

For a while I sat thinking what a good name would be but I was sure it had to have the word Knots in it being that it is what I do, then looking at a pile of sparkling crystals it came to be so I added Sparklez and so Knots and Sparklez it was called.
What is a typical day for you?

A very long one…lol… I try to do some actual work early in the morning when the house is quiet and I can focus, knotting and counting, measuring and jotting down notes, figuring out patterns and how they work with different beads, requires a certain amount of focus unless you want to redo the same steps over and over. Then there is marketing, posting on social media, answering messages and emails, sending invoices and packaging items, the list is endless, and usually in the afternoon I have more focus on family, homework, dinner etc. In the evening I go back to work for a while with whatever requires my attention.

Meet Vicky from Knotz and Sparklez. She is a micro macramé artist putting a new twist on a retro craft. What projects are you the most proud of?

The ones that gave me a hard time at first and I almost gave up on, but after setting them down for a while, I picked back up and like magic everything came together. It is just about the right time, sometimes if something does not seem to work, I know it is not the right time yet, but eventually an idea will come along at the right time.
What is the strangest thing you have ever created?

I don’t think anything strange in particular. I have recently been asked to craft a watch armband by a lady without actually having the watch face with me, so creating the arm band only was a challenge but with the lady’s help we figured out how to do it.

Meet Vicky from Knotz and Sparklez. She is a micro macramé artist putting a new twist on a retro craft. Where do you do most of your crafting?
On my office chair. I have a little corner in a room where we keep our computers and desks, and that is where I spend most of my time.

Have you ever experienced a dry spell when you put your crafting aside?

Not really, I usually have to force myself to set it aside, before we lose ourselves in the house! So I take care of what requires my attention and then get back to it, with a list of items I absolutely have to make that is a mile long! Unfortunately not all turn out to be feasible.

What keeps you busy when you are not creating?

Taking care of my family and keeping the house with a minimum of order, being that our household is comprised of mostly disorganized individuals…lol… If I have time I love to read that is the only other thing I love aside from crafting.

Meet Vicky from Knotz and Sparklez. She is a micro macramé artist putting a new twist on a retro craft. Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself, your craft, or business tips to help others with small crafting businesses?

I would say if you want to start one, try to find something unusual that sets you aside from everyone else’s. There are tons of businesses and to be noticed you have to be different.


The other thing is learn as much as you can about marketing, social media and venues you can use to sell your crafts. There is so much to learn, but it is doable, just learn first so you will be ready. There are many Facebook groups geared toward specific crafts where you can interact with other crafters, ask questions, read and learn a whole lot. I know I did find very valuable information that way.

Meet Vicky from Knotz and Sparklez. She is a micro macramé artist putting a new twist on a retro craft.
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