Frequently Asked Questions
Ordering and Shipping
How do I purchase your patterns?
Please visit this page for detailed information on how to purchase and download my patterns.
What happened to Google Checkout?
Google discontinued the Google Checkout payment option. Click here for more information.
How can I pay if I don't have a credit card?
Paypal accepts prepaid gift cards that have one of the major four credit card logos. Click here for more information.
What are your shipping fees?
I am pleased to offer complementary shipping for my kits via USPS First Class Mail for both domestic and international orders. If you need your order sooner or if you would prefer a different shipping carrier, please contact me. The customer is responsible for any expediated shipping charges.
I just ordered a kit. When will it arrive?
Kits usually ship within 1-3 business days of the purchase, and will usually arrive within 3-7 days for domestic orders. International order arrival times vary by the destination; please allow up to three weeks for your international order to arrive.
I offer patterns at the following four difficulty levels:
- Beginner patterns are appropriate for everyone. No previous beading experience is required.
- Advanced Beginner patterns are appropriate for students with some beading experience. Students should be familiar with reading and following general beading diagrams.
- Intermediate patterns require a basic understanding of the core beading techniques such as peyote, netting, and right angle weave. A combination of multiple techniques may be required. Small, size 15° seed beads may be used in these patterns.
- Advanced patterns assume proficiency in the core beading techniques. Advanced patterns usually incorporate multiple techniques into the design, and may require weaving small or shaped seed beads in tight spaces. These patterns may also utilize non-intuitive thread paths, complicated variations of beading techniques, and construction of three-dimensional structures.
Do you have any patterns available for free?
Yes! My free patterns are available on the patterns page.
I see a design on the Workshops page, but it is not listed on the Patterns page. Can I purchase the pattern for this workshop?
Most of the designs that I teach in beading workshops are exclusive to the classroom, and are not available as PDF patterns until after they have been retired from my teaching portfolio. This arrangement is a requirement of many venues where I am contracted to teach.
If you'd like to be notified when a pattern is added to my shop, please sign up for my mailing list on the right-hand side of the Contact page.
Help! My computer crashed and I lost the PDF file! Can I get another copy?
Yes, just contact me with your name and e-mail address, and I'll issue you another download link.
Can you send me a printed copy of a pattern?
Yes, for an additional $5 fee per pattern. Contact me and I will send you a custom invoice for the printed pattern.
Help! I'm stuck!
I'm always happy to answer any questions over e-mail! Please don't hesitate to contact me.
Where are the instructions for my kit?
Effective 7/18/14, Bead Origami kits no longer include the pattern, and are priced lower accordingly. To purchase both the instructions and beads, add both a kit and its corresponding pattern to your shopping cart.
Why does the pattern have to be purchased separately from the kit?
Bead Origami patterns and kits are "unbundled" or "à la carte" to offer the greatest flexibility to the customer; you can purchase the pattern and then sort through the beads that you already have before purchasing a kit, and you can purchase kits for a specific design in two or more colorways without paying for the same pattern twice. If you wish to order both the pattern and the kit at the same time, simply add both items to your shopping cart before completing your purchase. Finally, for designs that have been published elsewhere such as in a magazine, you can purchase a kit without purchasing the pattern if you already have a copy of the magazine.
Additionally, by separating the pattern (a digital product), from the kit (a physical product), this unbundled arrangement reduces the sales tax burden on kits shipped to California addresses.
My kit is missing a bead! How can I get another one?
I make every effort to ensure that each kit contains the appropriate bead amounts. On the rare occasion that your kit is short of a specific bead, contact me and I will gladly send you the missing bead(s) as soon as possible.
Bead and Jewelry Information
I used the same types of beads and followed your pattern exactly, but my version of this design looks different than yours. Why?
I tend to use relatively tight tension in my beadwork, so my designs can sometimes turn out differently if looser tension is used. Also, different lots of seed beads can lead to slight differences in color and size, even among the same size class (15°, 11°, 8°, etc). I generally recommend Miyuki and/or Toho brand Japanese round seed beads for my designs. Round Matsuno Japanese seed beads tend to have a boxy shape that does not work as well in my designs.
Addditionally, dye lot changes can lead to slight color differences, even for the same color number from the same bead manufacturer. I make every attempt to avoid this circumstance in my bead kits, but sometimes it is an unavoidable consequence of the bead manufacturing process. Some major bead manufacturers such as Miyuki Co. address this issue further on their respective websites.
Where can I find the beads needed so that I can make your design?
Visit the Materials Resources list at the bottom of the pattern page for a list of online vendors who carry the beads required in my designs.
Where did you find this specific color of bead?
I purchase many of my beads at wholesale. A specific bead color can have a different color number from each vendor who sells it, so I cannot always determine if a bead from a retailer is the same bead available from my wholesale sources. For my designs that do not have associated kits, I will attempt to provide a retail source for a specific bead upon request.
I made a few pieces of jewelry using one of your patterns. Can I sell this finished jewelry?
I do permit my students to sell jewelry based off of my patterns, with some modest limitations. Please visit the copyright page for more information.
Do you sell finished jewelry?
Yes, please visit my Etsy shop to see all my jewelry available for sale.