Isle of Wyrms ~ Gryphons Jewels Festival

Purple Wyvern Jewels visits Second Life!

Second Life: Isle of Wyrms Gryphon Jewels Festival Exhibit

I’m currently exhibiting at the Isle of Wyrms “Gryphon Jewels Festival” that is running this week (ends on Sunday). The festival is being held in support of the St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital charity. So if you are in-world, why not pop along and visit my booth at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Limbo/113/87/58. Plus, don’t forget to pick up a 5% off coupon code from my stall, that can be used up till the end of Sunday both in my shop on my website and also in my Etsy shop.

Second Life: Isle of Wyrms Gryphon Jewels Festival Auction
Personalised Beaded Flower Bookmark

The Isle of Wyrms is also running a charity auction, where you can bid on one of my personalised bookmarks.

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Macramé Bookmarks

To date the majority of the items I’ve made (with the exception of elastic bracelets) has been very much metal based. So I decided to learn something new and work in a different medium to create a completely different style of item than I have done previously. Macramé is the art of knotting material (a variety of different materials can be used to do this including, thread, ribbon, wool, leather etc) and has been around for centuries.

The first item I decided to create was a bookmark, as featured in the book The New Macramé by Katie DuMont, although I chose to go with a different colour scheme. The knots utilised in the design of the bookmark are the diagonal double half hitch and to finish off the ends the square knot. Unfortunately, for a complete beginner there is a lack of photos along with the written instructions, as there is only one picture of the finished item, which shows in the photo the opposite side of the one you see whilst creating it. For some reason, the pictures of the knots at the front of the book only show the diagonal double half hitch when going from left to right, and not how you should do it when working in the other direction from right to left, which I initially had trouble with.

Thankfully, the internet exists and I was able to figure out how to create the bookmark when I found the instructions (particularly pictures) lacking in aiding me to create the item. Demure Designs had lovely colourful instructions of the diagonal double half hitch showing how you create it in both directions. Which given that this knot is the main one creating the bookmark was extremely helpful to me.

I used a small cork notice board to help with pinning my project too. I also found that it helped to have a number of pins at the start to align the diagonal double half hitch knots (as the bookmark is created from the centre outwards). Plus, I had pins at the bottom of the cork board (shown in the right picture below) to help separate the embroidery threads used, as it made it easier for me to see which threads I needed to use next. The only pinning that was stated in the instructions was for holding the overhand knots used in the centre to hold the threads down to the working board (the large blue and red pins at the top of the left picture).

Macramé Bookmark - Pinning At Start
Macramé Bookmark - Pinning At Bottom


I also found Olga’s Macramé Hobby Site, which has a really useful picture of the Clear Edge Method which is utilised in creating the neat V shape at the ends (shown in the left picture just before using the clear edge method), before the bookmark is finished off with square knots (shown in the right picture).

Macramé Bookmark - Clear Edge Method
Macramé Bookmark - Square Knot

The picture on the right also shows that the threads used to create the square knots are threaded back up the centre of the square knots. So to finish off, those threads are cut, and a small amount of glue is added to give a secure finish. Plus the ends of the bookmark are trimmed to create an even tassel look.

Macramé Bookmark - Finishing Touches

The finished item – the left picture is the working side, and the right picture is the underneath side that you don’t see whilst creating the bookmark.

Macramé Bookmark - Completed Underneath Side
Macramé Bookmark - Completed Working Side

The completed bookmark (as per the instructions) I feel gives a slightly too thick bookmark for my personal taste. So I created a second one, but without doubling up the thread as in the first one I made. I however, did add on two extra cords to help widen the bookmark up, as not doubling up the threads would have made the macrame bookmark not as wide. The thicker bookmark is for sale in my local Community Pop Up Shop and the thinner bookmark is now available for purchase in my online shop.

Macramé Bookmark - Thin

Update & Treasury Features

As promised in my last post, I managed to take a couple of pictures today of the Community Pop Up Shop that is currently featuring some of my creations.

Community Pop Up Shop

Plus, my items in store:

Community Pop Up Shop

Treasury Features

My Pink Magnetic Hematite Silver Plated Bracelet plus my Purple Flower Crystal Silver Plated Pendant and my Jasper Sterling Silver Necklace were featured in the following lovely treasuries this past week.

‘Pink Summer’ by Nuray and Cem Aytaç from Myworlds
Pink Summer
‘Have A Wonderful Week’ by ArzuMusa from ArzuMusa
Have A Wonderful Week
‘Monochromatic Monday’ by Jenn Patterson from theeclecticpackrat
Monochromatic Monday

Purple Wyvern Jewels On The High Street!

As of last Saturday, Purple Wyvern Jewels can be found on the high street. A selection of my jewellery and bookmark items can be found in the Community Pop Up Shop located in the High Chelmer Shopping Centre in Chelmsford, UK.

The Community Pop Up Shop, makes use of an empty retail shop whilst raising money for charity and giving local artists and crafts people an opportunity to show off their items to a wider audience. The Community Pop Up Shop was originally open back in March, and had expected to be only open for two weeks due to lease reasons, but ended up running for eight weeks, before having to close. It’s now back again in a slightly different location within the High Chelmer Shopping Centre and this time I’ve taken the opportunity to showcase some of my creations there. (I don’t have any photos of the shop to share, as I forgot to take my camera with me, so will hopefully add a picture or two when I next pop by the shop.)

Included amongst my jewellery items, are some children’s bracelets that aren’t currently available elsewhere. My little boy, has been asking for some time now for me to make some jewellery for him, which I finally got around to a little while ago. The elastic bracelet I made for him, is made from plastic beads in white, with teal and a splash of orange and yellow being in sparkly glittery colours. Here’s my little boy even being a willing model for me:

Elastic Triple Strand Bracelet
Elastic Triple Strand Bracelet

Monday Update – New Quartz Items & Personalised Bookmarks

I’ve got some more new items listed in my Etsy shop this week. You finally get to look at the creations I made from the quartz dagger or point gemstones I mentioned back in April.

Blue Quartz Point Sterling Silver Pendant

Blue Quartz Point Sterling Silver Pendant

Blue Quartz Point Sterling Silver Earrings

Blue Quartz Point Sterling Silver Earrings

Blue Quartz Point Sterling Silver Cascade Necklace

Blue Quartz Point Sterling Silver Cascade Necklace

Grey Quartz Point Sterling Silver Cascade Necklace

Grey Quartz Point Sterling Silver Cascade Necklace

Grey Quartz Point Sterling Silver Pendant

Grey Quartz Point Sterling Silver Pendant

Grey Quartz Point Sterling Silver Earrings

Grey Quartz Point Sterling Silver Earrings


Personalised Bookmarks

As I mentioned last Monday in Monday Update – New Items & Product Ideas, I’m introducing a new line in my store of beaded personalised bookmarks for just £5 plus postage.

Name Bookmarks

MUMMY in yellow letters & yellow flower on an engraved bookmark

“MUMMY” in yellow letters & yellow flower on an engraved bookmark

MUMMY in yellow letters & yellow flower on an engraved bookmark

“MUMMY” in yellow letters & yellow flower on an engraved bookmark

NAN in black letters & orange flowers on a wavy bookmark

“NAN” in black letters & orange flowers on a wavy bookmark

NAN in black letters & orange flowers on a wavy bookmark

“NAN” in black letters & orange flowers on a wavy bookmark

Bookmark style options

Bookmark Style Options

Colour options

Colour Options

With this personalised name bookmark, you can customise a bookmark to your liking. It’s a perfect gift with the personal touch. You choose your word/name/initials, letter colour, flower colour and bookmark style (engraved, wavy or straight – shown in the bookmark style options photo).

Flower Bookmarks

Pink & Green Flowers Bookmark

Pink & Green Flowers Bookmark

Pink & Green Flowers Bookmark

Pink & Green Flowers Bookmark

Multi-Colour Flowers Bookmark

Multi-Colour Flowers Bookmark

Multi-Colour Flowers Bookmark

Multi-Colour Flowers Bookmark

Colour Options

Colour Options


With this beaded flower bookmark you can customise this pretty flowery bookmark to your liking, it’s a perfect as a gift. You choose your flower colour(s) (up to a maximum of six colours can be chosen).

Monday Update – New Items & Product Ideas

Firstly, I’ve managed to get caught up on taking item photographs, so I’ve got a number of new items listed in my Etsy shop. Plus, there will be more new jewellery items to come over the next couple of weeks.

Black Spider Web Jasper Sterling Silver Pendant

Black Spider Web Jasper Sterling Silver Pendant

Jasper Sterling Silver Earrings

Jasper Sterling Silver Earrings

Brown & Pink Crazy Lace Agate Sterling Silver Necklace

Brown & Pink Crazy Lace Agate Sterling Silver Necklace

Siam Red Swarovski Crystal Sterling Silver Necklace

Siam Red Swarovski Crystal Sterling Silver Necklace

Rose Quartz Chip Sterling Silver Pendant

Rose Quartz Chip Sterling Silver Pendant


New Product Lines

I’ve decided to add a range of cheaper products to the items that I sell. Whilst I’ve had quite a number of people tell me my jewellery is lovely, creating it using sterling silver is probably a tad too expensive for some people to treat themselves to (given the current economic climate). So I will be adding a range of silver plated jewellery for those that wish to have lovely handmade jewellery, but without the price tag of the sterling silver.

Plus, I’m really excited to announce a line of bookmarks that I will be showcasing in the next couple of weeks, which complements my jewellery items. The bookmarks can be personalised with a person’s name, which makes them perfect for gift giving!