I receive emails from people all over who would like to take the time to make something they see and like for themselves. I can relate to this.
Over the last two years, I have come across different ideas that appeal to me and I want to have a go. I do not want to ask specifics of the designer, so I set out at trial and error until I accomplish it. I will watch Youtube videos or do searches on the web for the details.
So I have added a new section to my Etsy store. This is for the Do It Yourself ‘r who wants to roll up their sleeves and make it their own. Or take the original and modify it for something bigger.
For now I have started with two patterns for purchase. If there is a design you are interested in that you would like to see made into a pattern from MacramePurse, let me know. Check out the Gallery for ideas. I am still available to customer create something for you if you wish.
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.
Can you tell them apart?
Debbie from South Carolina was my first customer on our new Square Market store front called MacramePurse.com.
She purchased the purse on the right. It was included as a stock item on our new store. To my surprise, the purse had already been purchased. I was able to replicate it for her as shown in the picture on the left. It is the same size and features the Berry Knot on the front.
The only difference is the liner. The first purse had a light blue liner with 3 single pockets, where as Debbie’s purse has a white liner with one single pocket and two double pockets.
These purses are great for everyday use. I am currently using a smaller version of the Texas Flare purse style. My color scheme is cactus green, black and white; you can see it in the Gallery. It goes everywhere with me. If I notice that the white has a little something on it or maybe the colors look a little dusty, I toss it into my wash machine, let it air dry with the liner pulled up a bit; it will look like new.
Thank you again Debbie for allowing me to make you a MacramePurse.
Jessica from Grapevine Texas contacted me to make this purse for her. It is a little bit different from a black, white and green version you can see on our Gallery page.
This purse uses rust, pearl and almond colored cord; it is fully washable and very durable. It measures 14″ x 9.5″ with 11″ straps.
I hope she enjoys this purse for many years to come.
What three colors would you choose for this pattern?
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.
Here is the newest littest macrame purses.
I had a few rings laying around the craft room and decided to put them to good use. These are made with 5″ plastic rings. The rings are a couple of different colors, some with a marble look to them. You can see each one individually and up close in the Gallery.
We have brown/tan, plum/ivory, cactus/ivory, jade/ivory, black/shadow, almond/pearl, smokey/forest and brownie in the color choices. Each one is lined and measures approximately 7″ wide x 6-7″ long.
What do you think? Would you use something this small for a cocktail party, casual or are they better used for a child?
Until the next brainstorm,