Macrame Walls

This is so cool, even if I do say so myself.I have had this idea for about 9 months.

I needed a better way to display purses at craft shows and art fairs.
Last year we toted 4’x8’sheets of plastic lattice panels and long pieces of wood to screw them to (see craft show tab). It was great to use hooks on the lattice to hang each purse and be able to move them around as they sold. But I wanted something uniform and befitting the theme of Macrame. I can still use the same hooks, they just sit on top of each square knot for strength.

To this picture, I will be adding one macrame plant hanger, with fake plant, in each corner. This is for a little bit of a joke. Because every craft fair I go to, at least 10 people make fun of them. They will not be for sale, but just as an accent to add to the theme.

There is about 3,700 feet of clothes line for these three panels. You should have seen the man in the check out aisle behind us when we purchased 39-100 foot bundles; we took two back. He had to ask what the heck we were doing. As a matter-of-fact he stopped by the venue to see the finished work as he had promised; he was impressed.

Here is a trick my husband picked up at todays venue for the bottom. He will be bolting the legs to ten foot panels to keep the legs straight and we will loop two tiny bungy straps (one on each side)between the bottom of each wall to the wood frame with eyelet screws (not shown) to keep the panels straight.

I am sending out applications for just two craft fairs this summer and I can not wait to set this up.

Not only does it look nice, but it is very easy to transport. They are held up with a bungy strap on each side at the top and when you are finished with them, just roll them up and put it into the back of the pickup track. The wood boards will be held together with lag bolts and wing nuts; easy to set up and take down. They will fit along side the rolled walls and the pop up tent.

Incidentally, before we took down the walls, I had another idea to use this same pattern for a hammock; just a little shorter width and a little longer length. I’ll get back to you on this; I’m still working out the details. Tell me what you think.

As always, be creative!

Market Share – Every Saturday

SideCapers would like to announce a second shop sharing opportunity. It’s called Market Share. Just like Promote My Shop, you are able to browse, connect  and share your online store with other artists.

Market Share renews every Saturday to give everyone a chance to show off another item from their shop. Now two places to share your great ideas.

700 And Counting!

Thank you to everyone for a milestone of 700 check-ins.

I really appreciate your interest in the goings on here at SideCapers Macrame.

To be honest, blog writing is very new to me. I took quite a while to convince myself that I had anything interesting to share. Now I strive to be as thorough as possible in my explanations of the purses that I make without being boring and redundant.

I have decided to write as though you have completed basic projects before, so if there is a portion that you do not understand and wish to know how to arrive at a certain point, please ask and I will explain further.

Again, I thank you for taking an interest in someone who has re discovered the art of macrame.

Continue moving forward and Be Creative!

It Is All Guess Work

I wish I could figure what appeals to most individuals and have it on hand. I realize we all have different tastes, likes and dislikes, but when you are making a common product it is hard to gauge color schemes.

I could start with the seasons; darker colors for Fall and Winter and pastels and sunny colors for Spring and Summer. There is still no guarantee that what you make will sell. My dilemma is no matter how much people love what I make, they want something other than what I have.

I am becoming more inclined to wait until someone asks for something specific, but the problem is they want it now, already made.
What to do.