Custom Beaded Purses

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Nancy VanDerPuy

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Nancy VanDerPuy


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About NancyAlison

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On Etsy since 2014

Vintage Beaded Purses Re-Created!

From the time I learned to knit at age 10, knitting has been a passion of my life. I have knit all the typical knitting projects, and some very far-out items, but when I worked at a local historical museum, I discovered something new - bead knitting. It's actually a very old technique and was used to create all the beautiful vintage beaded purses of Victorian times, but I am on a mission to make it new again.

After a lot of trial and error, I have learned the old techniques of bead knitting and bead crochet. I have written two books about it, with patterns and instructions, I teach classes, do demonstrations and show my work at art and fiber shows all around the U.S. Many of my purses are re-creations of patterns from old books, but I also design new patterns.

Soon after I started bead knitting, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thinking the prognosis would be bad, I put away all my projects. But when I started recovering, I found that knitting and bead knitting was a great healer, helping me to focus on creating something beautiful. And I find that my faith and my work with bead knitting has allowed me to reach out to others who are facing illness or hardship.

Everyone who purchases one of my large purses gets a little taste of my faith in God. Inside each one I sew my signature - a red bead and a gold bead, representing the blood of Jesus Christ and treasures in Heaven. The concept was taken from Luke 12:33, "Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail."

I sell finished purses, necklace purses, Christmas ornaments and doll purses. But for those of you who want to try the art of bead knitting or bead crochet, I also sell kits, patterns and books. I encourage all knitters and crocheters to try this! The needles are small and the work is fine, but anyone who loves to create with fiber will be delighted with the results.

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  • Nancy VanDerPuy


Shop policies

Last updated on January 10, 2015
Welcome to Nancy Alison Custom Beaded Purses! I hope you can find what you are looking for. Like something but it's not quite right? I can change the color, style and size of almost anything. I also have a lot of items that are not shown in my shop. Just ask!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I will give a refund if an item is returned to me within 2 weeks and it is in sale-able condition. I will not refund custom orders.
I will charge sales tax for orders from Wisconsin. You may cancel your order if it has not shipped yet. If it has shipped, you may return it, but you will pay for return shipping. I accept Credit Cards, Debit Cards, personal checks, and Etsy Gift Cards.
I will ship most items USPS First Class. I will insure the package at your request and you will pay the extra shipping on insured orders. If I am out of town (doing a show or on vacation) when you place your order, I may not be able to sent your package within the time specified on the item's info page.
Additional policies and FAQs
I will do wholesale upon request and negotiation.