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As one of the leading beading kit manufacturers and retailers in the UK we are often asked about copyright and how it affects the consumer, It usually surprises them to learn how far-reaching and all-encompassing the rules are.

Whilst we add some information about the subject in our kits we were pleased to see that the Beadworkers Guild covered the subject in an issue of their journal. Whilst it dealt mainly with books and magazines, the information applies equally to kits and instructions.

They have very kindly granted us permission to reproduce the article for which we extend our thanks.

We hope that the information contained in the article has helped to clarify the situation. If you have any further questions then we would be only too pleased to assist wherever possible.

The Beadworkers Guild welcome beadworkers of all abilities, facilitates the exchange of ideas and knowledge and promotes beadwork to the public. Amongst the many benefits to membership are the quarterly high-quality journal and workshops which are run throughout the UK. We cannot recommend them enough.

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Oak Tree Crafts Kit and Instructions Copyright Statement


We work very hard to produce what we consider to be one of the best products on the market. Therefore we must remind you that the design itself, the instructions, any diagrams, photographs, patterns or charts are subject to copyright. They are strictly for your personal use only and should not be copied in part or whole, re-sold or lent to friends. They also cannot be used to teach a group or class whether for profit or non-profit without our written permission. Finally, the completed project cannot be sold for profit or non-profit, again without our written permission.


As previously stated this project is covered by copyright. If you wish to use this project as the basis for one of your own classes we may grant you a temporary license for this use subject to conditions (details on application). In return, you will benefit from our full support and excellent instructions. Please contact us for further details.

Beadworkers Guild Article

Please be sure about Copyright...

We have been asked by a number of Guild members to clarify the rules of copyright with reference to beading. The rules are simple and exist to protect those who produce original work for sale or publication.

What is a breach of copyright?

  • Photocopying books or magazines
  • Teaching from work sheets from someone else’s class
  • Photocopying work sheets from a class to give to friends
  • Teaching projects from books or magazines
  • Copying kits to sell, photocopying kit instructions
  • Selling work that is someone else’s design
  • Passing off someone else’s design as your own for whatever purpose

If in doubt ask!

Book publishers, magazine editors, tutors and kit manufacturers will always put you in touch with the original designer and it is her right to agree to allow you to use her design or not. It is also her right, if she discovers a breach of her copyright has taken place, to prosecute and seek compensation.

It’s easy to be a responsible beader...

If you hear that someone went to a good class, contact the tutor and join the next class, or invite the tutor to teach your group.

If someone has a great book, buy your own copy, more book sales mean more new beading books will be written and published.

If you enjoyed making a kit, buy another one from the same designer. The more kits that are sold the more likely our designers will be to produce new and exciting projects as kits for us to try.

If you see a great design in your friend’s magazine, go and buy yourself a copy of the magazine.

If someone asks to buy your beadwork, tell them it’s not for sale as it’s not your own design, or contact the designer and ask for her permission to sell the piece you have made.

If you write an article or sell a piece of work, only ever use your original work. If you exhibit your work, always label it to make clear if you did not design the piece, clearly acknowledging the original designer.

Not following the simple rules of copyright will undermine our great hobby. Talented tutors and authors work hard to be innovative, often for small remuneration. By stealing their work through copying or sharing you remove their ability to earn a living. In the end this will simply stop them wanting to move our wonderful hobby forward.

Books and magazines are all clearly marked with either a sentence about copyright or the phrase ’All rights reserved’. For us this means we are permitted to enjoy making the projects in books and magazines as individuals for our own personal entertainment only.

Be a responsible beader

Help us make stealing people’s creativity history, if you see it happening have the courage to speak out!

The Beadworkers Guild Journal - Issue 34, July 2007

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