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Thursday, May 12, 2011



A good idea is just that—a good idea!  ‘Till you do something with it.  Inspiration strikes and I love to run with it.  I love a challenge.  I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with creating.

As you know, my latest obsession is Dog Collars.  I have done 12 different patterns.  Each pattern can be used to create a custom length collar for your fur-baby.  However, I noticed that one thing was missing.  Each pattern was designed to only one width of collar.

So, my latest challenge is to adapt the patterns to fit the other sizes.

The first one that I completed is a narrow version of “Gabe”.  If you remember, “Gabe” was designed for a three-year-old Golden Retriever.  It was done on a 1 inch wide leather collar.


About a week ago, I had a friend ask me if I could make this collar to fit a Chihuahua.  After doing some research on the breed and having her get a measurement of the dog, I created this:


This version fits the 3/8 inch nylon collar that will adjust to fit the 9 inch diameter of this puppy’s neck.

I have been working on variations of my other patterns too.  So if you see something you like on my Dog Collars page, but the width isn’t want you are looking for, please send me an e-mail and I will get a version ready for you.



Monday, May 2, 2011


I guess not everyone is as much in love with their beading looms as I am.  I have been working on so many collars on my loom that it has become my best friend.  But not everyone enjoys loom work.

So, I have decided to convert some of my collar patterns to be done in other stitches.


This is my “Summer Picnic” dog collar pattern.  This is the narrow version that will fit a 5/8 inch wide collar.  I have already designed a wider version for one inch collars, but now, I am working to re-design the pattern in 2-drop Peyote stitch.


I’m not 100% happy with this one yet.  I like the shapes, but I think I want to go a bit wider.   So, I tore that strip apart and made this one.


That’s much better.  Now to turn it into a collar band or bracelet.



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