Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Entrapped - A New Bracelet Design



Several years ago, I experimented with knotting "in the round" but, had some problems making it work. So, I set it aside...

These past few days, I have resurrected the idea and this time it worked out! I started with the lovely lampwork bead that my sister made. (She just started bead making this year and sent me several samples). Then I had some undrilled agates that I wanted to "entrap" to give form and a subtle "shining through" to the bracelet.

I even experimented with the structure of the button-hole as you can see in this photo (below). I knotted "in the round" for part of the way so as to blend in with the rest of the bracelet.

Of course, as I made this bracelet, I came up with several ideas to improve it...more on that later as I get examples made up.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Victorian Lace and Christmas Sparkle

So, I was sitting there contemplating Christmas...and I thought "I bet the Victorian Lace series would look great in Christmas colors" and so these are my results.

I tried twice to make the matching bracelet. Alas, it has been so long since I made one of those I forgot how long to cut the cord. Although I cut it longer the second time, it was still too short! Of course, I did not discover this until halfway through the bracelet (both times) when I noticed I was running out of cord. So, take heart, even experienced knotters make mistakes.

Then, because I was so disgusted with myself, I had to set that project aside for awhile. I just could not face it again so soon.

And, you guessed it, I am working on creating a pattern for the necklace. It is still in the development stage, though. I have not even photographed the steps yet. Had to work out some kinks in the design first.

The concept is similar to the one I used for the Fans Necklace. So, those of you who have been making that set, may be able to figure out how to do this one...let me know if you do. I'd be happy to publish any results you achieve as well.

This blue one was actually the first set I made. The one in red (above) was the result of correcting a few of those kinks I mentioned and because it's color scheme, I felt it should have place of honor at the top.
By the way, I have listed a couple of package deals at my Pattern Shop (remember, you save money and get to download right away when you buy my patterns there):

"Fans Pattern Package" - includes both "Fans Bracelet" and "Fans Necklace and Earrings" patterns for only $5.00.

and,

"Victorian Lace Pattern Package" - includes "Victorian Lacy Ripples Bracelet" and "Victorian Lace Earrings" patterns for only $4.00.

Edited to add:

Find the finished sets for sale at my ArtFire Studio:

Victorian Lace Necklace and Earrings in Red
Victorian Lace Necklace and Earrings in Blue

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Criss Cross Bracelet Kits

Okay. Because we are having a cold spell down here in South Central Texas (We might even get a few snowflakes this week!), I tried to photograph the "Criss Cross Bracelet" kits inside with some daylight bulbs. I was not satisfied as there was just too much orange in the photos of the red kits. So I braved the cold wind and went outside to photograph them.

Then I listed them at my two online stores(ArtFire Studio and Etsy Shop). All the kits (at both online stores) are priced at $4.00 and include the pattern. So, if you are getting a kit, save some money and don't purchase the pattern separately!

I listed these 4 at my ArtFire Studio (in the "Kits - Criss Cross" section):
Green
Black
Red and Black
Purple


And, these 4 at my Etsy Shop (under the "KITS Criss Cross" section):

Red
PurpleBlue
Green

These are all the "Criss Cross Bracelet" kits I have at this time. I am running low in some others as well (i.e. kits for the Serpentine Bracelet), so it looks like I have my work cut out for me. I am also working on editing my shops (always with the editing!) and a long list of other chores. We will see what I get done.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Criss Cross Bracelet Pattern

Finally, it is done! I have been trying for weeks and weeks to get this pattern finished. It seemed that every time I planned on working on it, something else came up.
Elegant yet flirty, this micro macrame bracelet is not too difficult to make (mostly Square Knots with some Lark's Head and OverHand knots.) It has a bead & loop closure and so can be made with no metal parts!

I provide continued support and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Find answers and post questions here on this website. Just click on "Patterns" under "Categories" in the sidebar. Scroll to this "Criss Cross Bracelet Pattern" listing to find or post applicable comments. Or, you may contact me (see profile).

Find this pattern at my Etsy Shop, my ArtFire Studio, or to save a little money and time, find it at my Pattern Shop.

Edited to add: I have some kits made up, but still need to photograph them. When that is done, I will list them in my Etsy Shop and in my ArtFire Studio.

Here are a few variations on beads used:

Another view of the variations. The bottom 3 bracelets have a toggle clasp - sorry, instructions do not include how to do this clasp at this time. I hope to get around to it in the future. I am showing them as they are examples of using irregular shaped beads and gemstone chips.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Instructions for a Button Closure for Fans Bracelet


I received an email request from a customer for instructions on making a button closure for the "Fans Bracelet". She said that button closures were easier to make in terms of the nimbleness required. I agree. Those Lark's Head knots onto the ring for the lobster claw clasp can take some practice and a delicate touch.

So, I photographed and wrote up some instructions.

Any one who has previously purchased the "Fans Bracelet" pattern and would like a copy of the instructions for the button closure, you may contact me (see profile) and I will email you a copy.

You will also need a copy of "Spirals Anklet or Bracelet" (see sidebar under "Free Stuff" for your free copy) as I refer to it in the instructions for the "Fans Bracelet Button Closure".

Carol's Dream of Waves Bracelet



One of my customers, Carol Bouler Owens of "www.CarolsDream.com" makes lampwork beads and recently made a "Waves Bracelet" featuring one of her beads (see photo above).

She also has an Etsy shop - currently empty - we can only hope she lists some of those beautiful beads soon! As her Etsy profile states:

I am a Christian, wife, mother, grandmother who started making beads over a year ago in my torch room at home. I have sold to both individuals and businesses. My beads are one of a kind as I try not to duplicate anything, except for bead sets. I am also the mother to 9 dogs, all rescues from SPCA, rescue groups and friends.

I love getting photos of customer work - I love to see how they make my patterns their own! There is almost no limit to the creative possibilities of Micro Macrame!

Friday, October 23, 2009

KnotGypsy's ArtFire Studio Grand Opening Sale!

I have listed many of my finished jewelry pieces, all of my patterns, and some kits at my new ArtFire Studio. I have also been listing some of my older inventory at a substantial discount...see my ArtFire Studio Sections - Clearance Sale.

I think I have now listed enough items to have a "Grand Opening Sale" - 15% off everything in my Studio EXCEPT Patterns and Kits. YES, this means even the Clearance Items qualify for the discount! This sale will last one week - expires 10-30-09. Hint: This might be a good opportunity for a little early Christmas Shopping...

Just go to my new ArtFire Studio and place your order (no need to sign up for an account!). During checkout, you will have an opportunity to use a coupon code. The code for this sale is: GRAND OPENING.

Edit: THIS SALE IS NOW OVER! KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR NEW SALES IN THE FUTURE.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I Love ArtFire!

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade


Well, I think I am finally getting to know about all the features offered at ArtFire. And, I must say I am quite impressed.

First of all, I need to mention that the "Basic Membership" does not include all the features, but for the holiday season at least, you will get unlimited listings.

I went ahead and signed up for the "Verified Member" account. It is only $12.00 per month no matter how many listings or how many sales you make. Sweet.

What I love (Verified Member account):

The many ways you can customize your "Studio". I will play more with different banners later as I am still busy setting up and getting everything listed. This feature allows you to make your shop your own.

The "ArtFire Kiosk" that allows people to buy directly from my Facebook page. The "Rapid Cart" feature that allows people to buy directly from this website (see sidebar).

No matter where someone places their order (Rapid Cart, ArtFire Kiosk, or my Studio) customers need not sign up for an account. The only downside to this is that without an account, they also cannot leave feedback (called "Karma" on ArtFire).

You can import items from your Etsy Shop and you can post your Etsy Mini Gallery right on your ArtFire Studio storefront.

You get a blog (integrated right into the Studio) so people can quickly and easily see updates and any additional information you care to share.

You get a "Global Editor" where you can change something (tags, for example) on all items at once.

You can make up coupon codes for specials/sales...For example, I am planning a "Grand Opening" Sale on all my finished jewelry very soon. (Hopefully this weekend - if I can get everything listed in time).

They offer extensive "Help Guides" on everything you need to know.

And, I am still learning...

If you decide to sign up for your own ArtFire Studio, mention KnotGypsyDesigns and if I get enough referrals, I will get my membership paid for. But, even if you don't mention my name, I highly recommend ArtFire for anyone who wants to sell handmade items online.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

New "Buy and Download" System Now Available!


I now have all the patterns up in my new E-Junkie "KnotGypsy Designs" Pattern Shop . This will make buying my patterns easier than ever before. No account to sign up for and no waiting for me to check my email so I can send you your pattern! Right after you make payment, you will be directed to where you can download the patterns right then and there!

Find these Patterns:

Waves Bracelet
Fans Bracelet
Fans Necklace and Earrings
Fans Pattern Package
Tapestry Bracelet
Serpentine Bracelet
Arrow Bracelet
Victorian Lace Earrings
Victorian Lacy Ripples Bracelet
All 9 Patterns at a Discount

Edit: 2 Oct 09 - I have finished listing all 9 of my currently available patterns in the new Pattern Shop. Edited to reflect this.

I am posting this in the sidebar as well for the convenience of it.

And, yes, all my patterns are still available at My Etsy Shop, however, the ones listed in the new Pattern Shop will be priced just a little lower as I don't have to spend time emailing patterns and so I pass the savings on to you.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Knot News - A New System on the Way

Okay. I have tested E-Junkie and it seems to work.

For now, I have placed the new "Fans Necklace and Earrings" along with the "Fans Bracelet" patterns in the sidebar with "add to cart" and "view cart" buttons. You may now purchase them there and be directed to download right after paying. No more waiting for me to check my email and send you your pattern! And, since I don't have to do any emailing, they are at a lower price than found in My Etsy Shop or my ArtFire Studio.

I have begun listing "Fans" kits (with the patterns, so don't buy the pattern here if you want the pattern and the kit) over at my ArtFire Studio.

Over the next days and weeks, I will be integrating this system and my new ArtFire Studio into this website. As always, I welcome questions, comments, and feedback.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fans Necklace and Earrings Pattern and a Test

I have revised/rewritten the Fans Earrings pattern for clarity and to include the instructions for the necklace as well. Here's the blurb:

This striking micro macrame design is simple in conception, but needs a bit of practice to master. Necklace and Earrings nicely match the "Fans Bracelet". Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate (some knotting and beading experience helpful).

This design primarily uses Double Half-Hitch knots with Lark's Head knots at the beginning and ending. The trickiest parts are beginning, ending, and determining how many seed beads to use per strand. It is all covered in the instructions with plenty of photos.

The instructions and materials lists are written for the "Two Tone" version (see earrings on right side of photo above), but a tip is provided under "Variations" (at end of pattern) on how to do the "Speckled" version (see necklace and earrings on left side of photo above). Also under "Variations" are suggestions for varying the "tail" or "drop" segments.

I provide continued support and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Find answers and post questions here on this website. Just click on "Patterns" under "Categories" in the sidebar. Scroll to this "Fans Necklace and Earrings Pattern" listing to find or post applicable comments. Or, you may contact me (see my profile).

I am trying to make my patterns available on this website and for customers to be able to be directed to download immediately upon payment - rather than waiting for me to email the pattern to them. So, I am offering this NEW improved FANS Necklace and Earrings pattern for $1.00 during the testing phase.

To participate, just click on the "Buy Now" button and proceed. If you are not directed to where you can download the pattern, please contact me (see profile) and I will email you the pattern. Either way, you get the pattern.

Edit: Testing is now over. The new system seems to work and so I will be working to install it here. Thanks everyone for your help.

Find "Basic Knots and Helpful Hints" here. I am working on a revised "Materials" document that integrates everything. Hopefully I will have it done in the next week or so. Until then, check out "Materials and Sources" under "Categories" in the sidebar for information on materials used.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Knot News - Some Changes on the Way


Remember "Fans Earrings get a Facelift"? You know where I went crazy and had a lot of fun with making up different "tails" for the Fans Earrings? Well, my craziness did not end there.

I got busy and figured out a design for matching necklaces to "Fans", "Diamonds" and a hybrid "Diamond Fans". Photo above shows the results of my labor of love.

Then, I got to work on patterns for the new hybrid and the necklaces, and they all inter-related, and my brain got locked up. Finally last night, my brain unlocked a bit and I have nearly finished the pattern for "Fans Necklace and Earrings".

I have revised, rewritten and reorganized the old pattern for the earrings and integrated the new necklace into it. I should have it out next week - just a few finishing touches, a couple of photos, and formatting to go.

I will then begin work on the others. I also have most of the photography done for the "Criss Cross Bracelet and Earrings" and will hopefully be able to write it up as well in the coming weeks.

I'll save the rest of the photos for when the patterns are finished. After all, I need something to post with their introduction to the internet, don't I?

Remember "Testing a new process"? Well that version did not work, but I think I may have found the solution in another site - e-Junkie! Apparently, they provide storage for pdf documents and "buy now" and "add to cart" buttons so you can sell your documents from your website. This is exactly what I was looking for. So, when I get the new pattern finished, I will test out this new "e-Junkie" system with it.

So then, I joined Facebook so I could play Scrabble with an old Friend who lives in another state and so I could view her photos of her kitties. I am a sucker for kitties as my eight can attest to! I was happily surprised to find an acquaintance on Facebook as well and was perusing her page last night when I saw that she had signed up for a store on ArtFire...

I checked it out, was impressed and now KnotGypsy Has a New ArtFire Store! It is a great deal - free with the Basic Membership. Basic membership includes the "studio" (online store), basic functionality and even a few color palettes to choose from You can keep up to 12 items listed at all times and there is NO CHARGE for this. If you want all the functionality, unlimited listing, and more choices in color and presentation, Verified Membership is only $12.00/month. Period. I am excited to see how this works out. I see possibilities...

Find my ArtFire widget in the left hand sidebar (scroll down). It includes "Rapid Cart" from which you can purchase items directly without having to sign up for any accounts as is also the case in the actual ArtFire studio as well.

Oh, yeah, I figured out how to make banners with Picasa photo editing software (free from Google)...and voila! I now have matching banners for this website, My Etsy Shop, and My ArtFire Studio.

Even though I have not written much lately, you can see that I have been busy. I even listed a few more kits in my Etsy Shop. And, yes, I will be keeping my Etsy Shop as it has been very good to me. I am not sure how I will be dividing up my inventory between them, I suspect that will be a journey of discovery as well.

Time to get back to work, or perhaps I will just sit back and admire my progress so far.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Testing a new process

Aug 11, afternoon: Notice: I have put the test on hold temporarily - Had one success and two failures and so I must try to figure out what went wrong and try again. Thanks to those who participated.

Wouldn't it be great if you could buy a pattern and immediately after checkout, get sent directly to the document where you could download it? It would save you from having to wait, and it would save me time spent on emailing. More time to put together some kits...write more patterns...make more jewelry!

Well, Google has recently added the feature of being able to upload pdf documents and the ability to share them with anyone, whether or not they have a Google account.

So, I am running a test. I made a "Buy Now" PayPal button for "Waves Bracelet Pattern". I have placed it in the sidebar right under "About". For the purposes of this test, I am offering the pattern for only $1.00.

If it works, you should be sent directly to the pdf document after checkout. You should be able to view it, print it, or download it from there.

If it does not work, contact me (see my profile) and I will email you the pattern. Either way, you get the pattern for $1.00!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Fans Earrings get a Facelift


So, I was re-organizing my shop and kits...

I had previously listed matching kits for Fans Earrings and Fans Bracelets... the bracelet kits sold, but some of the earrings kits did not. Hmmm...

I thought I might play with them a little. All of the following earrings were worked exactly according to the basic pattern, except when I got to the end, I just strung on a few more beads.

For these first three, I strung on:

1 size 8 seed bead, 1 6mm focal, 1 size 8 seed bead, 1 8mm focal, and ended with a size 8 seed bead.

(Some focals were Czech fire-polished faceted rounds and some were glass rounds, each giving a different look to the earrings.)




For this pair:

1 size 8 seed bead, 1 6mm focal, 1 size 8 seed bead, 1 10mm focal, and ended with a size 8 seed bead.


For this pair, I used:

1 size 8 seed bead, 1 20mmx9.5mm teardrop. and 1 size 8 seed bead.


And, for a bit more drama:

1 size 8 seed bead, 1 6mm focal, 1 size 8 seed bead, 1 20mmx9.5mm teardrop. and 1 size 8 seed bead. (These are my favorites.)

Then, I upgraded the rest of those lonely earrings kits with what beads I had lying around (waiting for my next bead order to come in) and have begun listing them at my Etsy Shop. Just check the "Kits with Patterns" section to find them. See "Fans Earrings Pattern" for more info.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Knot News - Reorganization

Okay.

I have just finished making some changes:

I was selling my patterns and kits separately, but several people over the past year or so have mistakenly bought just a kit (without a pattern). So, all my kits now include the pattern (at a discount). I hope this clears up some confusion. Not to worry, patterns are still available without kits.

In these tough economic times, I am trying to find ways to offer some good deals. In pursuit of this, I have begun some bundling in the form of "Package Deals". For example, You will now find it possible to buy both patterns "Lacy Ripples Bracelet" and "Victorian Lace Earrings" together for a bit of savings. Or, find kits like "Waves Bracelet and Earrings" (pattern included) for one great price.

It is a bit of a challenge to minimize possibilities for confusion and I try my best. So, please if you are ever confused, don't hesitate to contact me. (See profile).

Well, I need to get back to work and put together some more kits. Lately, they have been rather popular. I understand. When times get tough, many of us turn to learning how to "Do it Yourself". In support of that, I am going to focus harder on getting some new patterns out and more kits made up...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Arrow Bracelet Pattern

Finally, it is done. I have finished the pattern for "Arrow Bracelet".


Fun to make and so beautiful!

Although based on my "Diamonds Bracelet Pattern", this "Arrow Bracelet Pattern" is a bit more intricate. So, this pattern is recommended for intermediate knotters/beaders. (Some knotting and beading experience would be helpful.)

I provide instructions for the basic 7" bracelet, including a variation of motif and tips on making smaller and longer bracelets. You could even make a choker!


Variations

The Basic Bracelet has focal beads in the center of the "diamond" segments:


as in this bracelet:

And, this one:



Variation 2 has no focal bead in the "diamond" segments, but a lattice-like motif instead:

as in this bracelet:



Find the pattern for sale at My Etsy Shop. I have also listed a few kits for those who just want to try one out without buying all the materials in bulk. (Find it in "Patterns" section if not on front page)

I am trying something new with this pattern. I am using the html format to save the document and so it will open in your browser instead of in pdf format to open in Adobe Reader. I can sent it zipped or unzipped. For those with email accounts that have limits on attachments, I can provide access to the url where the document lives a private life. (I just add their email address to the "approved viewers" list. ) It can be printed or saved from there.

EDIT: Oh well, it was a good idea, but I think I should stick to Pdf format as the html requires a bit more computer savvy than some people may have. So to keep it simple for my customers, I will remain with the pdf version unless requested otherwise. Easy enough as I have both versions saved. For those with email accounts that have limits on attachments, I can still provide access to the url where the document lives a private life.


On to the next pattern: "Criss Cross Bracelet and Earrings". I have it set up, but am unsure when I can get it finished, so no promises today.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Knot News - Update on New Pattern and Some Ramblings

Well, I have not yet finished the new "Arrow Bracelet Pattern", however I am almost there! All I have left is about half of the text...and proofreading. I even have some kits made up and waiting in the wings! They should all be ready and listed within the next two days (probably tomorrow, but you know how these things go...)

I have recently signed up for Scribd. It is a site where you can upload documents. So I uploaded my free patterns, "Spirals Anklet or Bracelet" and "Spirals KeyChain". From what I understand, you can publish those documents (which I have done), or you can make them private and allow only those you want to have access. Of the published documents, viewers can rate the documents with a thumbs up or a thumbs down. There is even a Scribd store where you can sell your documents. I am giving it a try. It may be another venue to sell my patterns and get exposure for my website. A woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do. So if anyone belongs to Scribd, go check out the two free patterns and give them a thumb's up...

I do have some other designs waiting to be written up into patterns and there is that book I have been wanting to write...I better get busy, Talk to ya'll later.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Knot News - Update on New Pattern and More Kits

Okay. I got distracted by several things.

First, one of my older cats had to have all her back teeth pulled (gum disease) and of course I had to nurse her back to health. She is doing great now, she is eating just fine and gaining some weight back. She still has her front teeth so she can bite us, she just cannot chew us up!

Then, I still have the ongoing business of taking care of my new garden. I am having fun, but it does take up some of my time.

And, a friend has been going through a rough patch and has needed some of my time.

This is just to mention a few things. Seems that just when you have your plans made, Life has a way of changing them!

But, I did get some kits made up this week and am listing them in My Etsy Shop. I am hoping to get back on that "Arrow Bracelet" pattern early next week...if all goes well.

Also, My Sweetie is having some medical problems (hopefully minor) and will be getting some tests done soon. As a result, we will be needing to cover the expenses. Health care is not what it used to be - nowadays it is more of a "discount" system than any kind of real coverage what with the co-pay, the deductible, and having to pay a further percentage of the total. I remember the days when you either had an HMO where all you paid was a co-pay or you had the kind of coverage where you paid a percentage.

So, I am working on putting together a SALE in My Etsy Shop to generate (hopefully) some cash. Keep checking back for more details as I finalize this plan (probably next week).

Hoping all is well in your world,
Bye for now.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Knot News - A Delay with the New Pattern

Just to let everyone know that there will be a delay with getting the new pattern for "Arrow Bracelet" out. I did not like the photos and will be redoing the entire thing. It may take a few weeks as I am still putting in some garden...and I got a new food dehydrator (Excaliber brand) and am drying some early harvest.

Also, please bear with me as I re-organize my Etsy Shop - tonight I am getting all my kits together to see what new ones I need to put together and whether or not new photos need to be taken as well. So, I may be short some kits until I get this project finished. I will probably get it done over the weekend...I got a new Netflix dvd (Stargate SG1) in and will work in front of the TV...

Later, in conjunction with creating the new pattern (mentioned above), I will be editing and revising all my patterns in order to streamline the process.

Ahhh, always so much to do! Keeps me from getting bored, though.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Book Review - Micro Macrame...


"Micro Macrame - 30 Beaded Designs Using Crystals and Cords"
by Annika deGroot

I first encountered Annika through her blog "Annika's Atelier" right after I started this blog. She makes all kinds of beautiful things (not just micro macrame). We corresponded a bit back and forth over the next couple of years, checking into each other's blogs upon occasion. I found her to be a delightful and talented woman.

Recently, she contacted me to review her new book. I accepted right away and she sent me an advance copy.

At first glance, I fell in love. What a lovely book with 30 projects in varying degrees of difficulty and a wide variety of projects - from bracelets to ornaments, from victorian to deco - Something for everyone!

Then, this weekend, I had a chance to delve deeper. You know, try one of the projects to see how the instructions worked out. (And, yes, I could not wait to make one of her designs for my own personal use!)

I made the "Stained Glass Bracelet" without too much trouble, as you can see below. (I did lose track of where I was in the middle - I was watching Stargate SG1 and got distracted - but it was not the fault of the instructions).



I had one question which she answered right away and said that anyone buying her book could contact her through her website or her blog and she would be happy to answer any questions.

I really cannot say enough about this book. It has beautiful photos, is well written and would provide anyone (beginner or expert) with plenty of projects and inspiration for quite some time...and isn't that really what it is all about?

You can get a copy here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Knot News - New Pattern on the Way


I know, I know, I have not written much for awhile. I have been busy with gardening chores. I have been trying to learn to garden (since last year) and since we get an early start on Spring down here in Texas....I have been starting seedlings, digging, and planting. I have even gotten to harvest some lettuce, parsley, and beets already.

Okay, on with the news.

In light of these touch economic times, I have lowered the prices of almost all my patterns! I am calling it my "After Taxes Sale". Eventually, I am going to re-organize my Etsy Shop...when I can find the time...because right now I am in the middle of writing another pattern - "Arrow Bracelet" (see photo above for preview).

Watch for my upcoming Book Review of Annika deGroot's new book "Micro Macrame - 30 Beaded Designs Using Crystals and Cords". Check out her blog here.

Fire Mountain Gems has in some lovely acrylic beads in flat rounds, flat ovals, and some other flat shapes in sizes that are great for the "Spirals KeyChain"! Yay! I had begun to despair of finding any acrylic beads in flat shapes in large enough sizes for the KeyChain pattern. This means we can go back to using the original pattern with the alternating half-hitch chain along the sides of the focal bead. They are really quite beautiful. See a couple of examples below: You can find them and others here at Fire Mountain Gems.



Thursday, January 15, 2009

KnotGypsy's Designs arrive in Sweden!

One of my customers has really done some beautiful work with some of my patterns. Check out her work at Parlugglans Smycken. The first one appears to be based on my "Waves Bracelet" and the others on "Diamonds Bracelet". She has made the patterns her own in the best creative tradition. Congratulations!

She has asked if it is allright to sell pieces she has made from my patterns as long as she gives credit to me as the designer. I am fine with that. I only ask that my patterns not be re-sold.

Consider this my official statement on the topic.
Copyright 2007 Donna Littlewood