I am so excited that I needed to share this with all my friends. My patterns will start having an alphabetic character instead of a numeric character for the bead color in word charts. This will make reading your word charts a lot easier. Below are samples of the old version and the new version so you can see what the difference is and see why I am so excited about it.
How did this come about, you ask? Discussions started in some beading groups that I belong to. They wanted to know if we could put an alphabetic character in the word chart for the bead color instead of the numeric character we had been using. The person said that she was constantly mixing up the number of bead in the parenthesis and the color number. Once I thought about it, I realized that I had run into the same problem. So, I went to Christopher, the designer of BeadTool4, asking if he could make this revision. He asked me why. I explained it to him and told him that it wasn’t only the customers that were having this problem but that I had run into it also. He sent me a version to test. I found one problem and he fixed it. He gave us about 5 different ways to do the word chart so we could pick the type we liked best. Yeah! I love it.
I am in the process of changing word charts on bead patterns in my Grandma Marilyn at the Boutique store. As I make these changes, you will see “This pattern has alphabetic characters for the bead color to make the word chart easier to read.” in the pattern description. I am not sure how long this will take. As the changes are made, I am also sending my customers the new revised version of the pattern.
You can find my bead patterns in the following online venues:
Bead Patterns Boutique – the patterns in my main shop have all been tested. Be sure to check out my Patterns In The Rough section to find patterns that haven’t been tested yet. You may find something you really like.
The Bead Coop – there are both tested and untested patterns mixed in my shop. I have made a note in the description to let you know if the pattern has not been tested. Not all of my patterns have been uploaded to this shop yet. I do plan to upload more patterns to this shop in the future.
eCrater – I have a few of my patterns listed here. These patterns have been tested. I plan to load more of my patterns here in the future.
Etsy – I just reopened this shop. I have tested patterns listed here so far. I plan to upload more patterns to this store in the future.
If you purchase an untested bead pattern and are the first one to send me at least two good photos (2 of flat and 2 of finished for patterns requiring zipping) and any problems with the pattern or suggestions for the pattern, I will list you as the Bead Angel for that pattern on anything that is written about it. PLUS I will allow you to pick another pattern of equal price to replace the pattern that you tested for me.
I just uploaded accessory set bead patterns (pen wrap, lip balm cover, small lighter cover, big lighter cover, business card sleeve) for Narcotics Anonymous. They are located in my Patterns In The Rough section of my Bead Patterns Boutique store. As soon as they have been beaded, they will be added to my main store and will no longer be listed in this section of my store.