I met Elizabeth Ann Payne through a mutual friend on Facebook. I was introduced to her lovely work when I received a set of stitch markers much like the ones shown here. She has two Etsy stores and I know you will love what she has to offer!
I am a Central PA native, a graduate from Endicott College in Beverly, MA, with an AA in Fashion Design, from back in the day when it was still an all-girls school. After graduation, I stayed on the North Shore for five years, designing handbags for a company in Lynn, a cottage industry stuffed animal business in Ipswich, and last, but far the least, a bridal salon in Salem. Through these years I was blessed to live in Beverly, Ipswich, then on Washington Street in Gloucester near Folly Cove.
Fast forward to thirty five years later, my life experiences have lead me to different job opportunities and, with my husband's job, different places to live. Because of my love of fashion history, bridal design was a natural for me. After working years of retail jobs and sewing for other businesses, I finally went on my own in 1993. In 1997 I had the opportunity to join one of the most respected bridal shops in Lancaster County, Classic Weddings. I was the manager, co-buyer, designer, fitter, sales...loving every moment of the non-stop world of retail bridal. There, I began my bridal veil line and a headpiece line made from Swarovski Crystals and Freshwater Pearls. I saw that there were no jewelry lines offered at market that were suitable to be worn both at the wedding and after, so, Damselfly Studio Jewelry was born.
A few years later illness caused me to retire from the retail world and my husband's new job required that we move. While living in Minnesota, I learned the art of bead weaving. Later a dear friend influenced me to start knitting. When we moved to Erie, PA, on beautiful Lake Erie, I was introduced to the world of beach glass. My husband, a native of Gloucester and a natural beachcomber, would hunt glass for me to make into jewelry that I sold at a local gallery. I opened a shop on Etsy, Damselfly Studio Bridals, to sell my couture silk bridal veils, Bridal tiaras and jewelry.
I am knitter who loves to knit lace. Lace knitting can require a lot of stitch markers to divide the stitch patterns as you knit. Having a large stash of supplies from making jewelry, I started making my own. Then one thing led to another. My knitting friends began saying I should sell the stitch markers. After refining the design, I opened a shop on Etsy. This is my second Etsy shop. I have been selling bridal veils as Damselfly Studio Bridals since 2007. My new endeavor is Knitters Serendipity. Currently I sell stitch markers for knitting and crochet. I plan to add shawl pins and brooches at a later time. I also am exploring felting. The world of textiles and jewelry design will always be leading be down one interesting path or another. There are always new techniques and ideas to explore. That is the fascinating thing about art. It is ever evolving, moving, never stagnant. 35 years after I designed my first handbag, I designed, knitted and felted a handbag, using years of combined experiences.