Here is a great example of the same only different.
This purse has been made so many individual sizes and colors and still each is its only creation.
The black, cactus and white is according to the original pattern with a finished size of 11″ x 13″.
With each size change, the pattern also changes just a little. Sometimes the amount of ribs have to be adjusted for the total length wanted. The color span differs when the desired width is made larger or smaller.
The brown/orange combo has a finished size of 14″ x 9″, the blue/oatmeal is 12″ x 8.5″, the black, cranberry and ivory measures 12″ x 12″ and the black, cranberry and zebra is 15″ x 13″. Their interiors differ based on what each customers needs are.
Because of the ribbed sides, the purse is made mostly on its side, fanned out flat. The picture shows the outer edge in the center (black) with the white ribs moving left and right to the front centers. Square knots pull the ribs together to form the bottom.
The strap cords run through the entire design giving it added strength. Notice the black in the four purses above, runs from the strap to the top sides, through the ribs to the center bottom and tied with the other cords to close it off.
Care and maintenance could not be easier; machine wash and air dry. The nylon cord dries quickly and you just lift the liner to the outside until dry.
It is one basic design with endless possibilities.
Thank you to Pam from Plant City, FL for allowing me to create the pictured Hippie Bag for her. It is a flat purse design made by knotting the material, then forming it into the purse you wish.
This is a larger version of the one made in June 2012. Three years ago, I made an 8 inch square Hippie Bag as a replacement for another customer.
This design is knotted using 4mm Ivory macrame cord. It measures 10 inches from top to bottom and side to side, with a strap length of 21 inches from shoulder to the top of the purse. There are 4 wooden beads on the strap, 5 more beads on the outer flap of the purse and the liner is white with three pockets.
After you make the strap, the body knots are added in between. It is then made to the length needed. Fold the material in half for the desired purse size and stitch the sides of the purse with pieces of cord left over to form the body.
Stuff the purse with tissue to get the effect of contents.
Continue knotting rows until you complete the front flap length. Remember to add beads or any other decorations before reaching the end.
The liner is then hand sewn in place. This and other macrame designs made completely with cord, are very easy to maintain. Just remove purse contents and launder. Remove from your machine and gently bring the liner to the outside and it will dry in no time.