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Monday, April 19, 2010

Weekly Feature and Giveaway: MysticKnotwork - Two Winners, Two Prizes Each! {Closed}

This week's giveaway is from MysticKnotwork


Matt and Jill Beaudoin of MysticKnotwork have been knot working together for over 15 years, a tradition in the Beaudoin family for well over 50 years.

The art of knotwork (or marlinespike seamanship) is a field of decorative work with a tradition that dates back to the invention of cord. The braided bracelets Matt and Jill make are one continuous piece of cord approximately 3 yards long. Through a series of bends and tucks, a woven pattern is created that resembles a traditional hair braid. Unlike macramé, these are a single knot made with one piece of cord. To make a traditional sailor knot bracelet, the only tools needed to tie the knot are bare hands. When making complex knots, using a packing needle or icepick helps feed the cord through the progressively tightening weave.

Matt's grandfather learned how to do knot work from retired officers while he was working as a bosun’s mate in the Merchant Marine. He later went to school for this art at the Seaman’s Institute in New York City. Matt's father and uncle carried the tradition forward, and Matt was taught to tie the basic sailor bracelet before he was able to ride a bike. He's now been tying these knots for over 30 years, and has made well over 100,000 of them just as a kid. Matt's grandfather would pay him for each one he made as a way to earn allowance. People ask if Matt enjoys tying sailor bracelets, and his response is, ‘do you enjoy your heartbeat?’ Tying sailor bracelets are so much a part of Matt's life that its hard to find him without one close by.

In 1987, Matt made over 50 decorative rope mats for a condo development on Long Island. It was the first time he worked directly for a customer. Through the years, he has owned a fabric store, worked in a Fortune 500, but all the time, the feel of cord in hand has kept him grounded - the definite tie to the history of his family, as well as the connection to the sea. Every time Matt picks up cord, he is reminded of his grandfather. He cherishes the memories of staying at his grandfather's house, learning fancy knotwork and macramé.

When Matt met his wife, Jill, she was into beading and sewing. Jill quickly gained a love for the knotwork and her artistic touch has added to my family's tradition. Now, Matt and Jill also make macramé, a series of simple knotwork creating a complex pattern, those are made by hitching square knots and similar knots around a core of either cotton or satin.

Matt and Jill take quality very seriously. They buy their raw materials from U.S. companies and do their best to source items locally while buying in super-wholesale quantities. They try hard to minimize their carbon footprint in everything they do.

Matt and Jill work with non-profit organizations to provide their bracelets for fundraisers. Over 70% of funds raised through our bracelets stay with the charity that buys them. (Did you know that only 15-30% of money from school fundraising stays with the schools?)

For more information on MysticKnots and to keep up to date on Matt and Jill's work, visit their website at www.mysticknotwork.com. Matt and Jill can also be found on Etsy, facebook and flickr.

While you are looking around MysticKnotwork, take advantage of Matt and Jill's special offer - 15% off every item (in their Artfire shop) with coupon code NMBlog. This special offer will run through May 21, 2010.

This week, two lucky winners will receive either two sailor bracelets of their choice or a single matching sailor bracelet set from MysticKnotwork on Artifre.







For a chance to win this week's giveaway:

Mandatory: Visit MysticKnot, come back to this blog post (not facebook) and post your favorite item and email address in the comments section of this post.

Additional chances to win (leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry):

1) Tweet the giveaway and post a link to your tweet in the comments below - 1 extra entry (once daily)

You may tweet the following: Win 2 #handmade sailor knotwork bracelets or a set from MysticKNot @ http://bit.ly/5yrO5o ~ 2 WINNERS. @NMGiveaway #Artfire #etsy #giveaway

2) Blog about the giveaway and post a link to your blog post in the comments below - 1 extra entry

3) Add one of my ad buttons (left hand sidebar) to your blog or website and post a link to your site in the comments - 1 extra entry

4) Join Nature Manipulated's mailing list (by doing this you agree to receive a monthly newsletter from NM)- 1 extra entry

5) Follow my blog publicly via Friend Connect - 1 extra entry

6) Purchase an item from the featured shop and post a link to the item you purchased (transaction link) - 5 extra entries

ENTRIES WITHOUT CONTACT INFORMATION WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE GIVEAWAY. (Email address, Etsy username and Artfire username accepted. If your Blogger profile links to your email or shop, that is acceptable too. Leave contact info for each entry. Tip: When leaving your email do not use the @ and . symbols, instead spell out AT and DOT.)

Entries for this giveaway will be accepted through Sunday, April 25, 2010, 11:59pm Eastern Time. I will notify the winner via email and the winner will have 48 hours to respond before I choose a new winner.

This giveaway is open to contestants worldwide.

Thanks for participating in this week's giveaway. Be sure to stop by every Monday for another great giveaway.

Read Nature Manipulated's giveaway disclaimer.

140 comments:

angelina said...

purple wide sailor is awesome =)

The Domestic Intellectual said...

These are great! I like them all, but the keychains are practical and fun.

rebecca
artcloth AT hotmail DOT com

Jennifer said...

I like the Blue Outline Sailor Knot Rope Bracelet medium jk.gorcery@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

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windycindy said...

I love her work! A favorite of mine
is the "Tie Dye Sailor Knot Surfer Beach Bracelet!"
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

"Tweet!"
http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/12488682659.
Many thanks, Cindi
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windycindy said...

I am an email newsletter subscriber
to you blog!
Thanks, Cindi
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windycindy said...

Also, I follow your blog publicly
via Google Friend Connect.
Thanks, Cindi
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Jennifer said...

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/jkgorcery/status/12492319673 jk.gorcery@gmail.com

Damla said...

I like the Turks Head Sailor Knot Bracelet Set - charcoal/white medium: http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=1083778

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Damla said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/sweepstakelover/status/12511268586

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Damla said...

Blogged: http://sweepstakelover.blogspot.com/2010/04/giveaway-mysticknotwork.html

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Damla said...

You're the button 68 on the right on http://sweepstakelover.blogspot.com/

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Damla said...

Email subscriber.

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icitea said...

Oh! oh! I love his bracelets! Especially the Outlined Whale Tail Sailor Knot Bracelet !

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natwhat said...

OMG! My favorite is the sailor knot surfer... My girlfriend has a boat and this would be the perfect gift for her... :)

Ashley said...

I love the White Surfer Beach Macrame Anklet.

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natwhat said...

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julia said...

I love the look of the Wide Knotted Bracelet red and black medium, and apparently it will attract comic geeks, which is perfect considering my boyfriend is one.

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Cassie said...

I love the Blue Outline Sailor Knot Rope Bracelet!

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katia said...

the Reggae Sailor Knot Beach Bracelet is my FAV! it would perfectly match a knitted bikini that i own :)

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Mer said...

blog follower!

thanks for the opportunity!

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fisiwoman said...

Enter me please! I love this: http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=1083778

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Mer said...

loving the large Hot Pink Outline Sailor Knot Rope Bracelet!

thanks for the opportunity!

meredith dot targarona at gmail dot com

fisiwoman said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/fisiwoman/statuses/12535797517

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fisiwoman said...

I'm already a follower via google

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sandyandcosmo said...

I love the lime beach bracelet!

sandyandcosmo said...

Joined the mailing list.

sandyandcosmo said...

Following on Google Friend Connect.

suburban prep said...

I think that all their stuff is fabulous but the one that caught my eye was Navy Outline Sailor Knot Rope Bracelet.

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Kimberly said...

Brown Surfer Beach Macrame Anklet
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Evyy's Studio said...

I like the Wide Turks Head Sailor Knot Bracelet - red/pink and the Hot Pink Outline Sailor Knot Rope Bracelet large the best! great work!

evyygirl@gmail.com

Lauren Marsh said...

I think that Green Monkeys Fist Clip is cool!

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Nupur said...

I love the Sailor Knot Monkeys Fist Adjustable Necklace- very unusual!

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icitea said...

i follow this blog through google connect.

email in profile.

icitea said...

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icitea said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi! I like the blue outline bracelet. Very pretty! :)

Connie
connie_bryant@hotmail.com

Domestic Diva said...

I like the Nautical Turks Head Coasters. Great stuff!

icitea said...

i'm subscribed to the mailing list through this email.

Carapace said...

Oooh- I like the Green Outline and Wide Green Sailor's Knot bracelets, and think they'd look great together! The rustic, solid look of these bracelets is wonderfully appealing.

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Carapace said...

And I follow this blog!

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elaine said...

I like the Gold Outline Sailor Bracelet-I really like all of the sailor bracelet patterns,so unique!

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

sandovalita said...

Ummmmmm! Turks Head Sailor Knot Bracelet Set! =]
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sandovalita said...

and I follow you'r blog! =]
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Emily said...

I love the Yellow Outline Sailor Bracelet!

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Emily said...

I'm a follower!

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Emily said...

I subscribe to their mailing list!

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Sarah-Paige Copeland said...

I love the double wide Turks Head bracelets.
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Sarah-Paige Copeland said...

Tweeted
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Sarah-Paige Copeland said...

I'm a blog follower
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va said...

I like the blue nautical key chain because it is cute and would be great with any keys .

http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=1083793

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va said...

5. I follow your blog publicly through google friend connect .

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va said...

4. I have joined the mailing list .

thank you

Sharon said...

Love the plain white rope Sailor Knot bracelet!

Sidewalk Chalk said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I really like the two White Sailor Knot Surfer Beach Bracelets -- so nautical and perfect for summer :)

crystal said...

I think that the Whale Tail Necklaces and Bracelets are nice:)
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lin3arossa said...

My favorite is the Beaded Turks Head Sailor Knot Bracelet - turquoise/medium.
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lin3arossa said...

I follow your blog
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Carol said...

Wide Knotted Bracelet red and black medium I like for my daughter. She loves these types of wrist wear. I like the featured bracelets myself. Please include me for a chance to win these gorgeous bracelets.
moonbatty at hotmail dot com

Chani said...

I love the plain white bracelets. I'm so into nautical at the moment!

Aik said...

I love the Turks Head Sailor Knot Bracelet Set - charcoal/white medium.

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Aik said...

I tweeted:

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Aik said...

I have your button.

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Aik said...

I'm a follower.

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Mosquito Head Madchen said...

I lovelovelove http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=1083770 this onve with the black outline.. it is super nice!


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Mosquito Head Madchen said...

And I follow you :)


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bianca_riot said...

I have to say i love the [Turquoise Surfer Beach Macrame Anklet] i also do love the
[Turquoise Stripe Turks Head Sailor Knot Bracelet large]

bianca.riot.08(@)hotmail.com

bianca_riot said...

Tweet:
http://twitter.com/bianca_riot/statuses/12575264459

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bianca_riot said...

I joined the mailing list-


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bianca_riot said...

I am a Follower- bianca_riot

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bianca_riot said...

sorry, my email is

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sorry!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love the Blue Outline and the Orange Outline bracelets!

Anonymous said...

Black Outline Sailor Knot Surfer Beach Bracelet medium

jynger9689@hotmail.com

julieb said...

love the purple wide sailor braelte
julieb82@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I like the Blue Nautical Monkey's Fist Keychain. Thanks for the chance to win!

--Liza

ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

Katrina said...

Turks Head Sailor Knot Bracelet Set is my fave. In black and white.

katrinawins1@gmail.com

Linda Kish said...

I like them all! I guess I will say the Wide Turks Head Sailor Bracelet

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Emily said...

I really like the Carbon Copy Bracelet Set charcoal and white Large. So pretty emilyveale77@gmail.com

fisiwoman said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/fisiwoman/statuses/12599978288

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buddyCO said...

My favorite is the Sailor Knot Monkeys Fist Adjustable Necklace.

rubyandbuddy at yahoo dot com

buddyCO said...

Tweeted giveaway:

http://twitter.com/buddyCO/status/12612372399

buddyCO said...

Following on GFC (Buddy from twitter)

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buddyCO said...

Subscribed to mailing list.

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Anonymous said...

I like the Pink Outline Sailor bracelet

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Anonymous said...

I like the Turks Head Sailor Knot Bracelet Set tan white medium
angela_jeon at yahoo dot com

Victoria said...

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Victoria said...

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Victoria said...

I follow you via GFC

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Victoria said...

I'm a subscriber by email

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fisiwoman said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/fisiwoman/statuses/12638420781

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{eleise} said...

ooo I love the 2 sailor knot white bracelets! AMAZING!

I tweeted here @oneartsymama

And I'm a new follower! =)

newskepticxo said...

I adore the Red Turk's Head Sailor Bracelet.

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409cope said...

I like the Whale Tail Macrame Beach Necklace the most.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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fisiwoman said...

Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/fisiwoman/statuses/12716184646

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Amy J said...

I like the Navy and White Nautical Sailor Knot Bracelet Set medium!

Amy@
sdamarshall@hotmail.com

lcg842 said...

I really like this design. If this were made into a keychain or a bracelet with these colored beads, that would be really nice.

http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=1083828

Thank you for a wonderful giveaway.

Lisa
lcg842 AT comcast DOT net

lcg842 said...

I posted link to giveaway on my Facebook profile:

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Thanks,

Lisa
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Kylie said...

I like all of the color outlined bracelets but my favorite is the black and white turks head bracelet set. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail[dot]com

Elena said...

Yellow Stripe Turks Head Sailor Knot Bracelet small is my fave item!

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CuddlesAndCamo said...

I ADORE the Orange/White and the White/Tan

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I follow your blog.

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icitea said...

april 23 tweet http://twitter.com/icitea/status/12749484024

AmbreRose said...

I really like the TWO Sailor Knot Surfer Beach Bracelets. Those are so cute. I really like the white so that I can wear them with any outfit. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

Victoria said...

4/23 Daily tweet http://twitter.com/invictoria/status/12724743959

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Nikki S. said...

I love the Turks Head Sailor Knot Bracelet Set - charcoal/white medium, or for two different ones, I love the Pink Outline Sailor Knot Rope Bracelet medium and the Black Outline Sailor Knot Surfer Beach Bracelet medium.

Nicoli412(at)hotmail(dot)com

fisiwoman said...

Daily tweet 24/4: http://twitter.com/fisiwoman/statuses/12761980188

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Lyudmila said...

I pick the White and Tan Sailor Knot Surfer Beach Bracelet medium

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icitea said...

uh oh, so many entries...

april 24 tweet http://twitter.com/icitea/status/12786348043

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icitea said...

april 24 tweet http://twitter.com/icitea/status/12801620407

getpalmd said...

Blue Outline Sailor Knot Rope Bracelet & Red Stripe Turks Head Sailor Knot Bracelet.. love the combo of red and blue, so those two would be my choice if I won :-)

sara@getpalmd.com

megan marie said...

My favorite is the turk's head sailor knot bracelet. simp2553@gmail.com

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fisiwoman said...

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Ria said...

My fav one is the Black Outline Sailor Knot Bracelet medium

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Ria said...

I subscribed to the email list
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Ria said...

And I follow via google
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Cynthia said...

I really like the "Hot Pink Outline Sailor Knot Rope Bracelet medium!"

Cynthia said...

Tweeted!

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Cynthia said...

I follow you via google friend connect!

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Andrea W Designs Blog said...

Hi,
I am following your blog publicly.

Love your giveaways.

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Heather! said...

Wow, the Seashell Macrame necklace is beautiful!! Think that's my favorite.

Thanks!
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Heather! said...

I follow this blog via Google Friend connect!
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lyptis said...

Wow, those are so cool!
I like the 'Turks Head Sailor Knot Bracelet Set' best, cool colours.
Such a great technique.

Study Abroad Delhi said...

I think that all their stuff is fabulous but the one that caught my eye was Navy Outline Sailor Knot Rope Bracelet.

Patent commercialization said...

Blue Outline Sailor man Troubles Line Bracelets & Red Red stripe Turks Head Sailor man Troubles Bracelets. Love the combination of red and red, so those two would be my choice if I won.

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