New Patterns Added

I enjoy making things for myself. So I have decided to help out those who feel the same way.

I have added four new pattern designs to my Etsy Store Front.

There are two great shoulder purses. These purse designs are the best. Once made, they will last a lifetime. The shoulder straps are worked through the entire purse for durability and strength. Easy to maintain; just toss into the clothes washer and air dry. With macrame cord, the colors do not fade, so it keeps its good looks always.

If you are looking for a project to enjoy this summer, then take a peek at the other two pattens added. They are two  versions of the same hanging macrame chair. One I have made for myself and the other I will be working on soon.

I hope one of these patterns will spark a bit of DIY in you.




Hanging Macrame Chair

According to my WordPress Stats, someone is looking for a pattern on a macrame hanging chair. If you read my post from December 31, 2011, And It Begins… you will know that I did find the pattern for the chair I planned on making 30 years ago.

two 26″ wrought iron rings make up this macrame hanging chair

It took quite a while to find it originally because I did a search using the words hanging chair, hanging macrame chair, but came up with nothing. Then I found in eBay the book that I used to have that has a picture of a woman sitting in the chair, wearing a bikini, next to other objects that you can making from this booklet. And there it was; they called it the Bird Cage, who would guess that.

Today I re-visited the site where the free pattern was and found that it no longer exists.

I will continue to look for the original pattern from 1977.

And It Begins…

Happy New Year!!

2012 is almost here and with it  the arrival of SideCapersMacrame. This is how this all started.

1978 was the first year that I remember putting a few cords together and calling it a purse. To my surprise others liked it. They asked me to put a few more cords together so they too could enjoy it. A few plant hangers were made, but not that many. Last Christmas we were looking at family pictures and I saw a few pictures of animals made from cord; panda, owl and a lion. Now to the present.

During a campaign to clean out areas of our home, my husband found in our basement  two 26” wrought iron rings that I purchased in 1979 to make a hanging chair. Now a decision had to be made. Do I make the chair or scrap the rings. As you can see, the chair was made. I found that I still loved making things from macrame cord.

two 26" wrought iron rings make up this macrame hanging chair

In my search for chair pattern that I had in mind, I came across other patterns. I also found copies of the macrame books I used 30 years ago. The trick was to find cord in the colors that wanted. With that solved I turned a spare room into a craft room. There are shelves that go around the room a foot from ceiling. I was able to store all the cords by color on those shelves. Since we were going through the house, all the sewing, craft and hobby items were brought to this room. I now have a work space with proper lighting, my sewing machine and materials.

I am looking forward to showing the different purses that I have made in the past year and sharing all future ones. Then there are the crafts shows and websites that SideCapers is involved with.

Thanks for visiting SideCapersMacrame.

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