August 13 2016

Flickr Photograph Gallery

As I use a lot of other artists photographs from Flickr and Wikimedia Commons, I have decided to make the majority of my photograph gallery at Flickr available for others to use as well. The main exceptions to this will be photos of jewellery, food and a few others that are work or project related and so I need to retain the copyright too. I may remove those entirely, however I do find them useful – for example when adding recipes to Pinterest so I am undecided.

The photos are available to use under Creative Commons licencing and can be used commercially as well as privately. The only requirement is that credit is given to me as the original artist and this applies whether they are used online or offline, commercially or otherwise. The text need only be small and can be with the photograph or in in a ‘credits’ section of a document for example. It is only fair to credit the artist, especially when using their work with no charge. More information on Creative Commons licenses can be found here including how to share your own art using them.

The Elderberry Arts Flickr page can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/elderberryarts/ The last batch of photos I uploaded was a selection of some of my crystals, some plants and flowers and some shots of my veggie garden. Hope you like them and if you like you can follow too 🙂

Creative Commons Photo Gallery

June 15 2016

Gluten Free Vegan on a Budget eBoook

My latest recipe book is now available to buy for Kindle. This book contains twenty one of my own gluten free vegan recipes. For each recipe I have avoided using expensive or difficult to obtain ingredients and have instead used foods that are easily available and naturally gluten free and vegan. A few of the recipes do include vegan cheese and gluten free pasta but these are now stock by many supermarkets and health food shops. The recipes also do not require any specialist equipment, although a food processor or blender of some kind is useful.

Most of the recipes serve two people but can easily be made for more by increasing the ingredients. From various groups and talking to others I have found it is common that only one person in a family or household will be vegan and/or gluten free, so it felt more practical to have recipes that could be made in smaller amounts with no adaptations.

Each recipe is accompanied by a full colour photograph of the dish and this book also contains a list of ideas for jacket potato fillings and seven delicious healthy smoothie recipes.

Gluten Free Vegan on a Budget can be downloaded here for Kindle readers or for use with apps for PCs and Android and Apple devices.

April 18 2016

Jewellery Making Tutorials Update *April 2016*

Jewellery making tutorials

 

I have been selling my jewellery making tutorials through the Jewelry Lessons website since 2010 and have met many lovely people there. Sadly the site will be closing in June 2016 and no further sales will be possible. After careful consideration I have decided to reopen my Etsy shop and will be adding all of my downloadable tutorials for sale there. So far I have added fourteen jewellery making tutorials. Most are macramé tutorials but there are also some others. The process is taking a bit of time as I have to edit the original files to remove some aspects related to Jewelry Lessons and in some cases change the layout to make best use of the remaining space. I am hoping to have them all moved over by June.

Each of my jewellery making tutorials features step by step instructions and high quality colour photographs that show you how to create a unique piece of jewellery. A few of the tutorials require you to have some prior knowledge but most are suitable for beginners as they explain everything you need to know. Over time I plan to edit my older macramé tutorials to include knotting instructions in the same way the newer ones have. My macramé jewellery making tutorials also include information on how to create a simple macramé board and explanations of some commonly used terms.

 

The new Elderberry Arts shop on Etsy is called ElderberryTutorials and all the tutorials will be available there. Facebook pages also have a great feature that allowed me to link the Etsy shop with the Elderberry Arts fan page. This means that if you head over to the page and click on the ‘My Etsy Shop’ tab ait will display all the listed jewellery making tutorials. Clicking on any item then sends you to the Etsy site to read the full details and purchase if you wish. I will also add the Etsy shop widget on the site here, which works in much the same way.

January 16 2015

Three Ways to Fasten Macrame Jewellery

How To Fasten Macrame Jewellery

This eBook provides step by step instructions and photographs showing you how to create three different fastenings for macramé jewellery. These can be coordinated with the beads in the design to create a more coordinated, consistent and flowing piece. The fastenings can be customised to suit your ow needs and can also be used to create a focal point in the jewellery piece.

These methods of fastening jewellery also use no metal components and so are ideal for creating jewellery suitable for people who have allergies.

Now available on Kindle and through Jewelrylessons.com.

December 2 2014

Snowflake Earring Tutorial Now Avaliable

This tutorial provides step by step instructions with colour photographs showing how to create a pair of unusual earrings.

You will not need any prior knowledge other than how to open and close a loop using pliers in order to complete this tutorial. The cord and bead colours can be customized to suit your own preferences if desired.

Snowflake Earring Tutorial

Perfect for the winter season this full colour, step by step tutorial is now available to download from Jewelry Lessons. Every aspect of creating this unusual piece of jewellery is explained within the earring tutorial so it is suitable for beginner and more experienced jewellery makers alike.

 

September 27 2014

Byzantine Pendant Chain Maille Tutorial

This week I have been working on new tutorials for Jewelry Lessons. One I have created is this unusual pendant using byzantine weave.

Byzantine pendant tutorial

The tutorial fully explains how to create byzantine weave so no previous experience is needed. As well as being unusual and attractive in it’s own right, this pendant has a lot of options for customisation. The pendant can be made using the gemstone/s and pendant of your choice. The silver rings could also easily be swapped for another metal or colour if desired.

This tutorial is laid out in an easy to use format and can be downloaded as a PDF file. Each instructional step is accompanied with a  close up colour photograph in order to make the steps as easy as possible to follow. The tutorial also includes a full list of required materials and tools. The full ready to use tutorial can be downloaded here.

Byzantine Weave

Byzantine weave is a popular form of chain maille used in jewellery making. It is  a member of the European weave family and can be made with various ring sizes. This beautiful and intricate weave creates a solid rope like chain and is an ideal choice for bracelets and necklaces.

This weave is also known as Birdcage, Fool’s Dilemma, Bird’s Nest and Idiot’s Box.

 

September 23 2014

Macrame Basics eBook Now Avaliable for Kindle

Macrame Basics eBook

My brand new book, Macrame Basics is now available to buy. From the 18th September 2014 this eBook can be purchased worldwide through the Kindle store. This 98 page book is packed with information on macrame, cords and embellishments that can be used and also includes a glossary of commonly used terms and abbreviations.

Using Macrame Basics you can learn which cords can be used  and which are suited best to different types of projects. The A-Z glossary is helpful for those new or returning to the craft and are unfamiliar with many of the specific terms used as part of  projects and patterns. Terms such as sennet, picot, alternating and crook are explain in an easy to understand way. Various knot types an their variations are illustrated with step by step photographs so the book is ideal for beginners.

Macrame Basics eBook
Macrame basics also includes full instructions with colour photographs showing you how to create a simple and inexpensive macrame board. While not essential, a macrame board can be useful for working on projects. This is especially true if the project contains lots of cords. The board can also be used as a safe and convenient way to store and transport projects.

At the end of the book there are four step by step tutorials for creating bracelets using various techniques. Each tutorial features step by step instructions accompanied by colour photographs. Each photograph shows a close up view to make the steps easier to follow and complete. Each of the four tutorials use only techniques explained within Macrame Basics – no previous experience is needed at all.

Macrame Basics can be downloaded here