I am finally back in the craft room with more ideas and actually bringing them into being.
This 8″ flex frame, cross the body shoulder bag was a special order from a family friend Leah.
It is made with black and shadow 4mm cord.
Leah asked for a 60 total inch shoulder strap (30 inches from shoulder to the top of the purse opening. This hangs great across the body and settles at the hip.
The body of the purse measures 9″ across and 9.5″ under the frame and 10″ from the purse top to bottom. It is a great size for quick trip out and back or bringing just what you need for going out with friends.
The inside liner is a creamy gray with black stitching. There is a pocket on either side.
The silver pattern runs down one side and up the back. There is plenty of room for a large wallet, phone and keys.
A flex frame is a strong sturdy frame to build the purse around. There are heavy duty rivets on either side.
The purse is easy to clean. If you have a front loading washer; wrap in a light towel to protect the inside of the washer from the rivets, place in a garment bag and toss into the machine. Let the purse air dry open.
Otherwise, hand wash in a sink, rinse and spin in a regular washer, then air dry. The only maintenance the purse will require is a little WD40 if it starts to squeak when you open and close the purse. This may happen after washing.
The most wonderful feature of a flex frame purse is the freedom of the purse staying open while you look inside and staying shut when you are finished. You can even rummage while it is on your shoulder.
These frames are available in 8″, 10″, 12″ and 14″.
I am in the process of making a book/computer bag using a 14″ flex frame.
Stop by and see how it goes.
My newest masterpiece.
This is an 8″ flex frame made with 4mm Tiffany color cord. Tiffany is a great all purpose cord color. No mater what you wear, it will reflect and pull it from the purse.
I have made the strap around 45 inches from shoulder to purse top for cross shoulder wear. A fleur-de-lis rhinestone pin is used as an accent; just a little bling. With it being a pin, the owner can switch it out with another pin, depending on the occasion. As you can see the white lining and a pocket is available on each side of the inside.
Tomorrow I may be starting a teal-blended purse for a customer. I will let you know/see the results.
Over the weekend I have added a few new pages for greater ease of use.
The first is the addition of craft show pictures that were taken in the last two months. I know that the tent pictures pretty much look the same but in a different location.
The second was the simplifying of the Contact page. This way it should be easier to make a statement or ask a question. I had originally made it to cover everything.
Now there are two Custom Order pages; one for macrame purse quotes/orders and the other is for crochet market bags.
Here anyone will be able to receive a price quote based on the information filled in. You input specifications of what you would like to see in a macrame purse of your own. I will send you a price by email including the shipping charge. There is a separate form for crochet market bags made from yarn.
To begin the process, take a peek at the gallery page of purse styles that I have made before. Then click on the available colors tab to choose what you like. Other things to consider; strap length, flex frame opening and what size opening frame you would need along with the purse body size.
If you have any questions about this, please Contact me and I would be more than happy to help you.
I love craft fairs.I really enjoy matching the item for sale with the purchaser. When you have sold an item to the right person, it is a wonderful feeling. It makes what you do more fun and causes you to go on and create more.
At first, this fest was very intimidating. It is one of the larger festivals that Cedarburg has in the city and they are very organized. You must be juried in by one of three organizations for a space in their imprint. The festival runs two days and boy are there the vendors and more than enough people visiting to accommodate all of them.
At the beginning of this day, I met a wonderful woman. She and her daughter came early, but the first time I saw her, she came to my booth by herself in her wheelchair and looked around.
She found this purse and asked to look at it. She said that she would have to consider it. She asked a few questions and one of them was if I made the items myself. I told her that I did and in fact, I had finished the one she was looking at the night before the festival. That was the start of a really fun experience.
She went away for about an hour, but returned with her daughter guiding her through the crowd. The daughter told me they were there to see the purse mom was interested in. Again they left to consider it, but not more that 15 minutes later they returned to purchase it. I asked her if I could put it into a bag for her and she said, “No, I am going to wear it out today. It is my favorite color.” She held it up to herself, showing that she was wearing an outfit with the same color.
That type of connection with people is the very reason why I continue to try and think of new things to share with others.
I can’t wait to see what the second day of the Harvest and Wine Fest in Cedarburg brings.
Until next time,
Here is an update to a post of August 9, 2012. I did show a dull version, but since then I found the right add-on for the Forest Green 12″ Flex Frame purse.
This flower is a permanent fixture but a real eye popper. This is one purse that gets attention at a craft show. It is a good size purse with a friendly pattern and strong embellishment.
Let me know your thoughts on this combination?
It turned out to be a great start.
Four flex frame purses and a market bag. I have to admit I finished the market bag before this weekend began.
I started in the evening Friday until 11 p.m.
Saturday morning about 9 until 4 in the afternoon.
My husband and I helped paint at Inspired For You Saturday night until 11 p.m.
Sunday, I served at church in the morning.
Stopped by my brother’s house for his birthday at 2-4 p.m.
By 11 p.m.Sunday this is what was finished.
I’m pretty pleased.
Let’s see how far I get with the rest by next Sunday night.
Until next time,
Here is the first of many. It is a 12″ Flex Frame Macrame purse.
I have been so busy with life this month that I find my computer and craft room calling to me. It has been two weeks since I’ve posted anything (sounds like confession).
I am sure that everyone planned all their events and summer get-togethers for the month of August just before school starts. No sooner does one weekend end, then the next one fills up. But where I stand right now, every weekend this month is just about full.
I have entered the Riverwalk Craft Fair for August 25, 2012.This is the reason for my concern.
I have started eleven new purses at the end of July and this is the fourth one completed. The first two were Hippie Bags. I will post the third one soon. To clarify things a little more, I work outside my home and pull in the garage about six. Usually I don’t get settled down to crafting until after supper about 7 p.m. during the week. This week, other this have called louder than the craft room.
BUT tomorrow night I will start and continue through Saturday until about four in the afternoon. Yes, I will sleep a bit in there.
Let’s see how far I get. I WILL keep you posted.
Wish me luck.