Flash forward to today. My stash is huge and I am much more proficient than in my learn-to-bead days. But I still like kits. Why? The same reason I liked them when I was starting out. Everything is in one place and you receive the products the designers used when they developed their creations. If you buy from reputable kit makers, the material quality is usually terrific and is usually more than you need to complete your project. Then you can use that base as a launching pad to make your own substitutions. Yes, it can be a pricier option than using items from your stash but frankly, I look at it as an educational expense to gain an insight to new materials and techniques.
But my biggest reason to like kits is to promote the businesses of other bead artists. It took them hours to develop their ideas and I like the idea of helping them grow their businesses - so they can continue to design.
Here's a sampling of kits that I recently created. All were wonderfully put together with clear instructions and superior materials.
|BeadsEast Kit: Bead Crochet & Bead Embroidery|
|Jill Wiseman: Tassel Necklace|
|Marion Jewels in Fiber: Flat Turkish Bead Crochet|
In many cases, artists permit you to sell items made from their designs so long as you do not mass produce and provide attribution. I think this is very generous and hope to follow in their footsteps one day when I am brave enough to try my hand at offering a design kit.
Speaking of BeadsEast, they are moving to Florida. I just received a notice today that they are having a 50% off sale to reduce the amount of inventory to be moved. Now would be a great time to try their wonderful kits!
|BeadsEast Is Moving!|