Macrame Special Orders

Here is my latest special order. It is a modification of a macrame purse I did a short while ago.

Special orders are a great way to change up things for an individual. It shows me that people are interested in the style for themselves, but need it a little different.

I’ve said before that the hardest thing is to make something for another person you have never met. You are just not sure what exactly their likes and dislikes are.

This is a fun pattern to make. It does take a bit more material to wrap 16 cords with other cords, I like the effect.

What are your thoughts?

Have a great week.


Macrame Busy-ness

This is how I spent my weekend.
About a week ago, I drew up the sheets showing what I have in available stock. I then made out a list of items that need filling for up coming craft shows.
According to my figures, I would like to create 12 additional purses before the end of August. Here is the start of that dozen and I am pretty pleased with them.

This first one was originally going to be my own personal one. It is a 12″ flex frame made with tan, black and ivory 6mm macrame cord. I have been putting this one off for so long; mostly because I have an 8″ and a 17″ flex frame already.
There is nothing worse then working on something for yourself when you have an extensive plan in the works.

Here is another 12″ flex frame purse; I only have one in stock and these are very popular. They are just the right size for the average women’s personal items.
This one is eggplant on the sides and strap with a center panel of black and white. This and the last one have a 22″ strap length, perfect rest at the hip.

This purse is 14″ and is a clutch or handbag, there is not a strap. I am really happy with the bead and two-tone brown patten.
A great fall into winter purse, it can be used for any occasion.

As you can see these purses are not finished. They are at the set up stage.
I have a few different stages that purses can be at. First there is the cut stage; where all the material is cut and hanging to be set up.
Set up is the stage where all the cut pieces are connected and the body is left to finish.
Lastly a purse will need a lining.

I like this color combination because it is the same as my 17″ flex frame, but this is 14″ in size. I have gotten so many compliments on mine that I thought that I would share a little bit.

Even though I have these to knot up into finished pieces, I just could not sit still enough to start work on the bodies.

I figured with it being the weekend, I still had about an hour to prep a couple more purses.


So here is how I ended my weekend. I cut enough 6mm cord for four more 12″ flex frames. They will be solid in color but with a pattern in the weave. When these purses are completed, the pattern will have a ribbed look.
From left to right is pearl for an oatmeal purse. Oatmeal was the color of the first Hippie Bag I made in an earlier post. The oatmeal color is made from a blend of ivory and pearl within the cord. I decided that the strap would be solid pearl with the oatmeal body.
The next color is forest green. Next is the color wine and the last is mauve.
You can be sure that I will be showing you each one as they are finished. For now I am satisfied with a great start.
Until net time,
be creative.

What To Do Next

This weekend I will start a remake on an older project with a new twist. That is to say re size my macrame tote with a longer strap, wider sides and bigger flap.
This is to fill a need for someone I know. They are a young couple, expecting their first child. I will attempt a diaper bag that a man would carry and use.

My friend has requested it in Milwaukee Brewers colors, I can do that. It will have a messenger bag look to it with a longer over-the-head, on-the-shoulder strap. I will need to design the inside and its compartments. The sides and dividers should have body and stand alone without falling over.
Because this will out last the use of a diaper bag, it will not look like a diaper bag. This way it will be used to go to Miller Park and be the “game bag” in the future.

Here is the above mentioned diaper/day tote. I think that it turned out pretty well.

It measures 15″ x 13″ x 6″ with a strap height of 25″. The strap is easily lifted over your head onto the opposite shoulder.

On the inside, I encased plastic corrugated sheets in the black liner in one continuous U-shape that fits from one side to another including the bottom. It snaps in for added structure. The tote becomes more of a soft sided bag without it. There are two large pockets on the back and also on the front. The inset piece has a pocket on each end for a total of 6.

As a children’s day bag, it will accommodate toys, changes of clothing, snacks or any items you may need for a day away from home.

Our friends were thrilled with the way the tote turned out also. Now we are all waiting for the baby to arrive.

Be creative!