New Beads!

PaisleyDuos

PaisleyDuo kumihimo

I always love to be able to experiment with new beads and I think the bead industry does a great job of supplying us with new challenges in the form of unusual shapes, sizes and hole orientation. However, I have noticed a recent trend of manufacturers duplicating shapes already in existance. I am thinking about GemDuos and DiamonDuos, which are virtually the same bead. There are a few minor differences, but for beaders and braiders they both do the same job. The Zoliduo was a great new bead to hit the market, but not long afterwards we were presented with the PaisleyDuo. While there are differences between these two beads, again they do pretty much the same job for beaders and braiders. What a shame! There are so many new shapes and sizes which are waiting to be developed and wouldn’t it be great if the bead industry concentrated on new concepts, rather than copying each other? Candy Beads and 2-hole Cabochons, may sound like very different beads, but while one is slightly larger and flatter than the other, they are used in much the same way. If only one was oval, rather than round it could open up new design possibilites. Instead, the minor variation in size and shape means that these two beads are not totally interchangeable in the very precise world of beadweaving. Happily, kumihimo is a little more forgiving, so in most cases you can make the swap, with a few minor tweaks to the design.

Having said all that, we have to work with what we are given. I have spent today amending a tutorial. Last year I was given some beautiful etched glass ZoliDuo beads and had great fun working out how to use them with the Prumihimo disk. I was really pleased with the result and the bracelets I made for myself are some of my most frequently worn designs. The design is very quick to make up and does not require too many beads, which keeps the cost down. The rival bead, the PaisleyDuo works very well in this design, so I wanted to show how it looks made up into a bracelet and I needed to give advice on how it needs to be used slightly differently. The ZoliDuo features a curved front to the bead and a flat back. This means that they have been produced in a right and a left version. The PaisleyDuo is flat on both the front and the back of the bead, which means they can be reversed and do not need to be made in different versions.

PaisleyDuo kumihimo

So here they are all together. The ZoliDuo bracelets are the two shown fastened and the PaisleyDuo bracelets are shown open. I hope you will agree that they are all very attractive bracelets and there are some subtle differences, but essentially they are the same.

If you are interested in trying the bracelet you will need a Prumihimo Disk and the tutorial.

 

Back in stock soon!

Prumihimo disks in action

The prumihimo disk and book are currently showing as out of stock on this website, but they will be back in stock very soon! Week commencing 9th April will see new stocks available.

Speed Braiding? What is that?

I have just uploaded my latest vidoe to YouTube, but I had a bit of trouble deciding what title to give it.  In the end I decided to call it ‘Speed Braiding’ because I demonstrate how you can build up quite a bit of speed on a kumihimo disk by breaking what is a commonly believed rule. In my videos I like to share what I have learnt and what works for me and sometimes that goes against what I may have been taught when I first learnt to braid on a disk. The first instructions I followed for 8 cord Round Braid or Kongo Gumi stated that the disk could be turned in either direction, but that it then must always be turned in the same direction. That is good advice for beginners, but it is not the whole story. In this video I hope to prove that the disk can not only be turned in either direction, but that consistency in the direction of turn is not necessary. In fact, you can change direction whenever you want to and you can even turn the disk to and fro. By turning the disk to and fro you do not need to change your grip on the disk, making the action of braiding very smooth and swift. This method is used by some of the most experienced disk braiders I know. I do need to stress that this is only the case for 8 cord braids. When you use more cords for Round Braid it is a different story, but as 90 per cent of the kumihimo braiding I see on social media and forums is this type of braid I hope that this will be interesting and useful for many people. I also hope that it will provide insight into the way this braid works. I recommend giving it a go to see for yourself that it works. You may prefer to return to what is familiar to you, but at least you will know that when you try a pattern or tutorial for this type of braid you will not need to worry about which way to turn the disk. The to and fro method also works for complicated counted patterns, as I show in the video. When I reviewed the video I realised that I should have chosen a greater contrast for the beads in the braid for the pattern to show up. It is a simple flower design in red and gold running along one side of the braid. It was calculated by using the brilliant Kumihimo with Beads App, which is available in the app store. I braided for a bit turning to the right and then to the left and then going to and fro. Every bead ends up exactly where it should!

speed braiding

As many of my blog readers know, I was for several years a Guest Designer for Jewellery Maker TV. This involved making 10-20 kumihimo designs to display on the show in usually less than a week. Speed was essential and that is when this method was an absolute life saver for me!

This video may not be to everyone’s taste, but I hope it will get people thinking. If you prefer project-style videos from me, don’t worry I have got lots of lovely projects coming up shortly!

To watch the video please click here.

New Workshop Location for 2018 – Charming Beads

Charming beads prumihimo

Over the past four years I have taught at workshops in five different locations and I currently have workshops planned for 4 of them for this year. I have often been invited to teach in other places, but I have declined the offers because I have not felt they were quite right for me However, a new invitation came my way this year and I felt that it would be a good addition to my current programme of workshops. Charming Beads in Monmouth will be hosting a brand new workshop from me on Saturday 28th April. The reason I have accepted is that the set up will be a little different to elsewhere. Charming Beads have created a brand new workshop space for this year, complete with TV screen streaming for close-up detail. I think this will be particularly useful for some aspects of kumihimo, such as the positioning of beads in a braid and attaching the clasp. There will be a dedicated workshop co-ordinator, fellow kumihimo enthusiast Helen O’Connor, who will be making sure everything runs smoothly, as well as providing us all with a delicious buffet lunch, teas and coffees and even cake! I think this will make the day particularly sociable and friendly and the opportunity to connect with other braiders is a very important part of attending a workshop.

The materials and equipment needed for the workshop will be provided and are included in the price, so there are no hidden extras and you know you will have exactly what you need. There will be a choice of colours and gemstones on the day. You will be provided with your own Prumihimo disk and 50g weight not only to use in the workshop, but also to take home with you, because I am really keen that you should be able to continue the Prumihimo journey when you get home.

Prumihimo Disk and weight

The day will finish with the opportunity to shop. Charming Beads is an on-line shop, so this is a rare chance to be able to see before you buy. This is so valuable when it comes to all the fabulous gemstones they stock, because each and every bead has its own character, which can only be fully appreciated when you are able to see them in real life. Charming Beads also stock a great range of clasps, end caps and other findings which are the key to a good kumihimo stash. I will be on hand to advise on how different beads and findings can be used in kumihimo, as well as how you can build a really useful collection of components, beads and cords.

Of course the surroundings, the hospitality, the facilities and the shopping are only part of the story. The design I have created especially for this workshop features some of the lovely gemstones Charming Beads are known for. The Prumihimo disk is the perfect tool to combine traditional braiding with beads of all different shapes and sizes, so in this workshop I will teach how to braid with both smaller and larger beads. Then participants will learn how to embellish a braid with beadwork before finishing off with one of my signature kumihimo fastenings. This workshop will open up a whole new world of kumihimo braiding to those who have already tried basic braiding, but it is also suitable for complete beginners because I will teach each skill in detail and build your knowledge and confidence gradually throughout the day.

Gemstone prumihimo

Monmouth is a historic town in Wales, situated in the beautiful Wye Valley, known as a place of outstanding natural beauty. Castles and pretty villages are within easy reach and the vibrant capital of Wales, Cardiff is not too far. Those planning to stay a few days to explore this very special part of the UK could try the Stonemill.

If you are not tempted by this particular workshop (why not?!) you could try one of the other workshops delivered by an inspirational team of tutors. In April you could learn from Rachel Norris, Karon Crawford, Jem Hawkes, Helen O’Connor or Michelle Naylor and there are plenty more to come.

To book the workshop please click here

Peyote with a Twist on Kumihimo (aka PWAT or Peytwist)

PWAT

Although kumihimo is my great passion, I am always interested in how other techniques can be used with kumihimo to add a new angle to this ancient art. When I came across a new development in the beadweaving world I immediately wanted to give it a go to see how I could incorporate it into a kumihimo design. The new beadweaving stitch is Peyote with a Twist, also known as Peytwist and PWAT and it is a variation on the traditional peyote stitch, where a tube of beading is created with the beads on the diagonal. This gives the tube the flexibility to curve into a necklace or bracelet, without the buckling sometimes found in tubular peyote. The diagonal rows also give a new look to this popular stitch. The creator is a designer called Gerlinde Lenz and her work is causing quite a storm in the beadweaving world!

I had a go at the stitch, using Jill Wiseman’s excellent video to take me through the steps. Like so many beadweaving designs, it looks very complex and hard to learn, but as long as it is taught in a clear and logical way it is very easy to pick up. Right from the start I enjoyed the process and loved the effect. However, beadwork is time consuming and can really eat up the beads, so I practised by making short sections of tube. It was quickly clear that not only would these pieces look great on a kumihimo braid, but that they could be slipped on and off the braid. As long as the end caps are only a tiny bit larger than the braid and a slim clasp, such as a toggle clasp is used, you can make a selection of interchangeable focal sections for one braided necklace. Then you could have a Peytwist necklace for every day of the week.These are relatively quick to make and do not require many beads. They would be a good project to finish off beads that you already have in your stash.

My video upload for this week shows how Peyote with a Twist can be used with kumihimo. I do not demonstrate the actual stitch because Jill Wiseman’s video does that so well. These are the designs I show in the video and the braids were made on both the round disk and the Prumihimo Disk. For the beadwork I have kept to very simple designs, which did not require a pattern, but it is possible to make some really intricate designs with this technique. It is also possible to work with much smaller beads and team them with a thinner braid, such as one made with beading cord or embroidery thread and that is where I would now like to experiment, so watch this space!

PWAT

I believe that this combination  of techniques has a lot of potential and when I first posted my version it turned out that quite a few other people were working along the same lines. There are lots of avenues I would like to explore, if only I can find the time! I decided to leave the ends on the peyote tube diagonal, because I felt that was a feature of the stitch and I liked the effect. However, some might feel that looks too unfinished and it is possible to add beads to straighten out the ends, so I would like to see how that would look. A further development would be to slide on a large hole bead at either end, so that they sit next to the beadwork. As long as the beads are reasonably heavy they would not need to be stuck into position, because their weight would keep them in place. This would mean that you could have lots of fun mixing and matching beadwork and beads, using just one kumihimo necklace. I am really looking forward to seeing what other people come up with and I hope to write an update on this technique, showing how other people combine these two fabulous techniques.

To watch the video, Peyote with a Twist on Kumihimo, click here

For more information about the video, click here

Extra-thick Prumihimo disk – 2 disk package

Extra-thick disk designs

Extra thick Prumihimo disk

When I first had the extra-thick version of the Prumihimo disk produced my aim was to provide an more durable version of my disk for frequent braiders. It is 2cm thick, instead of 1cm, but is otherwise identical to the original disk. It has proved to be excellent and very popular for this purpose, but when the delivery arrived and I was finally able to play with this new, 2cm thick disk I found that it opened up a new world of very fine designs on the Prumihimo disk. Some beads, such as Rizos and smaller drops, have very small holes, making them unusable with the regular S-Lon (Tex210/0.5mm/#18). By using the thinner S-Lon (Tex135) to carry the beads in the slots at numbers 3 and 4 and using the regular S-Lon as the thicker cord in the slots at 1 and 2 you can make a braid of great delicacy and charm. I now sell the extra-thick disk with tutorials for some of these designs. However, up to now it has been necessary to make a choice of what sort of cords you intend to use on this disk. Once the slots for the larger cords have been stretched they will not be able to grip the very fine cords satisfactorily. Due to several requests I have now set up a 2 disk package for the extra thick disk, so you can use one for regular Prumihimo braiding and the other one for the very fine work. Don’t forget to mark the disks, so that you know which is which! This option includes 2 of the thicker disks, which will be sent by post, as well as the instructions PDF (includes instructions for 3 different designs) and the Daisy Chain tutorial PDF. The shipping charge for two disks is the same as for one disk, so it is an economical way to buy, especially if you are not in the UK. Shipping costs £1.25 for the UK and £3.75 for the US. Sales to Europe cannot be processed by my website, but you can email me for more information.

Thick Prumihimo Disks

All the designs in this photo were made using finer cords. I regard this as an intermediate level braid, which can really take your braiding into new territory.

So, what is the benefit of an extra-thick disk for regular Prumihimo braids? It is important to remember that the tension of a disk braid is dependant on the condition of the disk. The slots need to grip the cords to produce firm, even braiding. Over time and use the slots become stretched and less able to maintain a good grip on the cords. This applies to all different types of disk and square plate. The Prumihimo disk has been designed to accommodate both thick and thin cords in different slots, thus minimising the stretching of the slots,  but eventually the slots will widen. Using an extra-thick or double density disk keeps the slots in good condition for much, much longer and rarely need to be replaced. Again, this applies to all different types of disk. You will find that the tension of a braid made on a thicker disk will be tighter. The maximum recommended cord thickness is 1mm. Using thicker cords than this in a thicker disk is very hard on the hands and is not really necessary because even an old disk can grip a 2mm cord pretty firmly.

Click here to buy the 2 disk extra-thick disk package

Thick disk 04

Wire Kumihimo Workshop at Riverside Beads

wire kumihimo

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I am very excited to be bringing a wire kumihimo workshop to Riverside Beads in Lincolnshire on Saturday 9th June. Wire is a popular medium for kumihimo and there are many different ways of using wire effectively in braiding. I have been working with wire for over 6 years and my favourite approach is the muti-strand method. In this workshop I will pass on my secrets for success with this particular way of working with wire. Wire can be tricky to work with unless it is handled in the correct way and kumihimo has its own particular challenges, so I will be able to share what I have learnt over the years. The class project will be this striking wire kumihimo bracelet, made on the Prumihimo disk and finished with wire cones and clasps. This bracelet feels wonderful when worn because it has a great weight and hangs well on the wrist. Students will learn what sort of wire works best, how to handle it, how to braid with multiple strands and how to finish off the braid securely. Finishing a braid into a piece of jewellery is as important as the braiding itself, so I will be teaching a great way to create neat ends and a lovely clasp. This method can also be used for cord kumihimo, so it is a great skill to learn and be able to use for other designs. As usual, my aim is to teach far more than just the class project and to give students the confidence to develop their skills on their own. Once the basics have been mastered it is possible to create a huge variety of effects with this wire method, including working with beads and with different braid structures.

One of my first successes with wire was this necklace, which was a finalist in the Jewellery Maker of the Year competition in 2011. A necklace like this requires very long lengths of wire and takes a bit of time to complete, so it is not suitable for a workshop. However, once the key elements of braiding with multiple strands of wire has been mastered this is the sort of design which could be achieved.

wire kumihimo

In 2013 a tutorial for one of my wire designs was published by Beads & Beyond magazine and even made it onto the front cover! This type of design could also be made once the multiple wire braiding method has been learnt. It is all a matter of learning a new braid structure and applying what has been learnt in the workshop.

wire kumihimo

Riverside Beads is located in the charming town of Market Deeping in Northamptonshire. Riverside Beads is a very well-stocked beadshop. The owner, Donna McKean-Smith, is a keen braider whose work is often seen in magazines as well as her excellent book, Bead-Braid-Twist, so you can be sure that braiders are very well catered for! The workshop is spacious and comfortable, with plenty of tea and coffee all day.

The workshop is great value because all the materials will be provided and included in the price.

Click here to book workshop

 

Workshops for 2018 at Stitchncraft

Kumihimo workshops

The first kumihimo workshop I taught was at Stitchncraft in Dorset, so I always enjoy returning to this beautiful shop with its comfortable and well appointed workshop room. As a tutor it is wonderful to be invited to return to teach, year after year, but it does require careful thought for the proposed projects. I am lucky enough to have a very loyal following of students who had attended many of my workshops, including one lovely lady who has been to every single one of my workshops at Stitchncraft. On the other hand there are always a few newcomers to the workshop. My workshops need to offer something new to develop the skills of the regulars, while being achievable for beginners.

Kumihimo Pendant

Kumihimo Pendant

The first workshop is on Thursday 17th May and it is Kumihimo Braided Pendants. I am asking students to bring along a favourite pendant, so that the braid can be constructed from the pendant.  There are several ways of attaching the pendant and I will ensure that each person uses the best method for their own pendant. The braid structure for this design is Round Braid/Kongo Gumi, so it is suitable for a beginner. The development skills in this workshop include learning how to graduate width of a beaded braid, planning the composition of a design and how to make an alternative ending and fastening to a braid.

Click here to book the Kumihimo Braided Pendants workshop

Button Kumihimo

The second workshop of the year is on Thursday 5th July and it is called Granny’s Button Box. Buttons are a lovely way to add character to a design, as well as being a great way to make the fastening. For this workshop the Prumihimo disk will be used because produces straight, not spiral braids which allow the buttons to be positioned in a straight row. This means that the workshop is suitable for those who have prior experience of the regular round disk. I am asking students to bring along their own buttons, so the final designs will be very individual. Some people may choose to bring a neat row of identical buttons, while others will bring an eclectic mix of old favourites. I will teach how to plan the design to achieve the correct spacing between the beads. The design is finished off with a matching button fastening. This fastening is a very useful technique which can be used on lots of other designs, so it is a very valuable addition to your braiding skills.

Click here to book the Granny’s Button Box workshop

Kumihimo Christmas Decoration

The final workshop of the year at Stitchncraft is on Thursday 1st November is Kumihimo Christmas Decoration. This wreath decoration is sure to look amazing on any Christmas tree and I am confident that students at this workshop will want to make many more at home. The braid structure is Round Braid/Kongo Gumi, so the workshop is suitable for beginners. The decoration may be small, but it is made using some really useful transferable skills. I will teach students how to braid around a core, reverse the direction of the spiral, make a curly tassel, make a 4-colour spiral and work directional beads. In addition I will be teaching how to make the candy cane decoration.

For all the workshops I provide a great handout, so that the designs can be finished off at home if necessary or so that further designs can be made. I always bring lots of samples to the workshop so that I can illustrate how the design can be varied or adapted. My aim is to inspire students to use the skills learnt in the workshop to develop their own designs.

If you do not live near to the shop you may want to consider staying overnight in one of the nearby B&Bs. Dorset is a very pretty English county, full of lovely villages and coastline to explore, so spending a few days in the area would be a real treat. Stitchncraft offers a wide range of different workshops, including some from famous international tutors, so check the workshop programme to see if there is an additional workshop you would like to attend. It is also an easy train ride from London and if you decide to come by train you may well find yourself sharing the journey with me!

Stitchncraft is a particularly beautiful shop. It is spacious and very well displayed, so you will be able to browse the excellent selection of beads, cords and findings and stock up on what you need. There is no substitute for being able to see colours, shapes and sizes with you own eyes, especially when you want to match colours. The staff in the shop are all very experienced and enthusiastic, so they will be able to give you any help you need. As more and more bead shops close their doors for ever the shopping experience has become a very important part of attending a workshop.

 

Workshops for 2018 at Spoilt Rotten Beads

kumihimo workshop

The New Year is always full of good resolutions, but that enthusiasm does not always last! For kumihimo enthusiasts who have resolved to learn something new the best way to ensure that this happens is to book up for a workshop in 2018. During this week I will write about the workshops I currently have planned for 2018.

This will be my fourth year of teaching at Spoilt Rotten Beads in the pretty village of Haddenham, Cambridgeshire and I have lined up some lovely projects to teach. In this blog I would like to talk about how I choose the design and what I hope to achieve in the workshop. My aim is always to teach more than just the advertised design. I choose a design which includes transferable skills which students can adapt for their own creations and I also bring lots of samples of variations, so that I can discuss and illustrate how a design can be developed and customised.

Prumihimo workshop

The first workshop is on Saturday, 17th March and I will be teaching this double bracelet made with clusters of Long Magatama beads. This is a striking, yet delicate design, with a clever construction and fastening. The braid structure is Round Braid (Kongo Gumi), which means that this workshop will be suitable for beginners, but the way in which the beaded clusters are formed will enable me to teach how to create a variety of effects with Long Magatamas, which will be of interest to more experienced braiders. The fastening is a really useful technique, which can be used in many different ways. I have chosen a design which is not fulled beaded because threading beads can be very time consuming and I want to be able to use the time in the workshop as effectively as possible. Everyone works at their own pace so I have chosen a piece which the faster braiders will be able to finish in class, but those who work more slowly will be ble to complete the main aspects of the design during the day and will be able to finish off at home. I always provide detailed handouts to support participants after the class.

To book the Double Bracelet workshop click here

Endings workshop

The second workshop is a masterclass on how to finish off your kumihimo and it will take place on Saturday, 21st July. Dealing with the ends of a kumihimo braid is something everyone finds difficult, which is a shame because there are lots of creative ways of doing this. The examples in the photo are just a few of the possible ways to turn a braid into a functioning piece of jewellery. My aim in this workshop is to teach my favourite methods and I am asking participants to bring unfinished pieces to work on. I will be able to help them to choose just the right method for their own work. The methods will include wire cones, spirals, beading, buttons and more. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced braider, this workshop will give you the skills and confidence to create the perfect ending every time. A really useful handout will be provided for future reference.

To book the endings masterclass click here

Christmas kumihimo workshop

The final workshop of the year is still a bit of a mystery! It will be a Christmas decoration workshop and over the last 3 years these have proved to be very popular. You can really never have too many decorations on your tree! For this year I am proposing an icicle decoration. The photo shows designs from previous years, because I am still working on the precise details of the project, but I can assure you that it will look great on your Christmas tree and like the other designs I am sure you will want to make many more at home. Of course, you will be given a great handout so you will be able to make as many as you like, year after year. The date is Saturday 24th November. The skills involved in making a decoration can easily be used in jewellery making, so this workshop is for life, not just for Christmas!

To book the Christmas workshop click here

The benefits of attending a workshop go so much further than the piece of work you complete in class. It is really great to be able to meet up with like-minded people and work together in a creative environment. Lasting friendships often start in a workshop. Many of my students are ‘repeat offenders’ in that they have attended many of my workshops! The atmosphere in class is always friendly and supportive. Spoilt Rotten Beads provides the perfect working environment because the workshop is light and airy, spacious and tea and coffee is available throughout the day.

What about the shopping? As more and more bead shops close their doors forever, the ability to browse the shelves of an actual shop is becoming rare. There is no substitute for being able to see and handle the beads, cords and findings you need for kumihimo, so you can take the time to inspect all the wonderful goodies in the shop and stock up on what you need, without the fear of making expensive mistakes. Spoilt Rotten Beads is a real Aladin’s cave of treasure and as the owner is herself a braider, we are very well catered for!

I am often asked by kumihimo enthusiasts outside of the UK if I will come to teach in their country, but I would like to suggest that a trip to the UK to attend one of these workshops could be an even better idea. Reasonably priced flights to the UK can be found if you shop around. Haddenham is easily reached by train from London and you would probably find yourself travelling with me! The village  is a typically pretty English village in a lovely part of the country, not far from the historic towns of Ely and Cambridge. There are many places of interest in London for jewellery makers and braiders and I would be happy to give guidance on the places to visit.

 

The Prumihimo disk finally gets its US patent!

prumihimo patent

The post this morning brought the long-awaited certificate for the US patent for my Prumihimo disk, which means that my intellectual property rights are acknowledged and my disk is fully protected in a total of 29 countries. This has been a long journey because I appointed a patent lawyer to file for these patents nearly two years ago. Filing for patents is complicated and it is important to have professional help to get exactly what you need. The lawyer was able to advise me on how best to protect the key elements of my design and to which countries I should make the applications. They were able to carry out all the paperwork and ensure that professional diagrams were drawn up. This eliminates unecessary delay and ensures accuracy. Once an application has been filed the design is protected, as long as the patent is eventually granted. Application registration numbers are provided so that it can be proved that the patent is pending and they can be used in legal action, if required. All the other patents were approved and finalised within 6 months, but it is a longer process in the US and I knew it would take at least a year. So it was with great excitement that I opened the registered envelop and found this very fancy document inside! All the other documents are very simple, so perhaps it was worth waiting the extra 18 months for the seal and ribbon! What it means is that I have the legal right to prevent anyone from making any sort of disk, template or other device of this design (these slots and/or numbers and/or dots) and from selling it or importing it into a total of 29 different countries around the world.

It is a great relief to know that my little disk is safe from predators!

However, it is a sad comment on the creative world that this should be necessary. No one would dispute that the key design elements of this disk are completely my own work, but that is not enough to protect it from copying. Acquiring patents is a very costly business. I do not wish to say exactly how much this has cost me, but I can tell you that the final bill is significant. If you are considering filing for a patent you need to do your sums carefully and be very sure that the product or design you want to protect will bring in enough profit to make the outlay worthwhile. You also need to be prepared to pay legal bills should it be necessary to enforce the patent. My advice is to put aside money for this eventuality, so that you can afford to do what needs to be done and act quickly should the need arise. Lawyers are expensive, but they will give initial advice and costings for free, so it is worth consulting a specialist if you are considering a patent. Make sure you make good use of that first free consultation by discussing the issue thoroughly and be prepared for the final bill to be higher than the original estimate!

Was it worth it? Luckily for me the disk sells well and continues to do so. It has been the basis of my first book and it has enabled me to offer unique workshops around the UK. It has also been the subject of numerous tutorials and YouTube videos produced by me. However, it is also a matter of principle for me. I have seen several friends come up with wonderful ideas, only to watch helplessly as they are poached by others, so I was determined to stand up for the little person in the increasingly globalised creative world. For that alone, it was very well worth the time, energy and expenditure!

The disk and book are available in the shop on this website. Click here.