Thursday, March 26, 2009


I had an article in the January/February issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine about making and swapping charms. A couple people have posted the charms they've made on their blogs, so I'm passing them along.

Blue Moon River (Susan Brubaker Knapp)

Barnyard Chatter (March 9th entry)

Fabrications (Cindy Green)

AND, there's also an official CPS "charm & be charmed" swap:

charm & be charmed swap

Be a part of our Cloth Paper Scissors® charm swap! Inspired by Elin Waterston’s article in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue, we thought it would be fun to host a charm swap ourselves.

charm swap rules

Create up to five original charms. Use some of Elin’s techniques or some of your own. Keeping in mind that the charms will later be a part of a piece of jewelry, please keep them to 1 1/2" in diameter or smaller. Once you get going, you’re going to want to make a lot.
Your charm must be free of any text or images that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission.
Attach a jump ring to each charm.
Fasten a card to each charm’s jump ring with your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number. Please type or print clearly. (This is for our internal use only.)
Include a SASE with your charm(s) and an entry fee of $5 (U.S. and Canada) and $10 (all other international). All funds must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to Interweave. Swap participants, including international residents, may charge their entry fee to their credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Please include the necessary information, including the expiration date and CVV code.
Your charm(s) must be in our offices by April 13th and we will “swap” them by June 1st.

We will be featuring some of your charms in an upcoming issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and/or on our website. All participants will be sent the same number of charms “in swap” that they sent to us.

for more information click here.


Karen L R said...

thanks for the reminder/inspiration.

Cindy Green said...

Hey, Elin,
Loved the article! My girls and I have been having a great time playing with various charm ideas, just going nuts with all the cool materials and endless possibilities! I even made my sister a whole bracelet for her birthday (including a macrame "chain" to put all the charms on!) They are on my blog if you want to check them out. Thanks for all the fun ideas!

Susan Brubaker Knapp said...

Hey, thanks for the mention! We had so much fun that day, following your directions for making charms. We all learned some new techniques, too, and I'm sure they will end up in future work. Thanks for all the inspiration!

grace said...

I am now REALLY charmed....thanks Elin for including our little 'Charm Party" in your post. We had a blast.

Way cool!