Actually, Mr. Chatt was very nice: I reproduce his response in its entirety below:
Date: Sat, 02 Jan 1999 19:54:35 -0800
I hate the unimaginative straps most bag makers use. Chatt's has two big beads, each bracketed by nearly invisible czech 4 and 6 mm disks where the strap attaches to the purse, and that's it. From a bead-stringer's point of view, that's pretty boring." I will take this under consideration, Â I'm glad to see that you persevered and hope that you have not sworn off right angle weaving! Good luck with your work.
However, I stand by my original assertion: most straps on amulet bags seem to be more of an afterthought than anything else; and even when the bag maker throws in a few beads from the fringe or the bag itself, there still seems to be a lack of emphasis on transition from the focal point (usually roughly rectangular) to the linear element (long and thin).
Of course amulet bags are no longer the vogue; and since becoming a glass beadmaker I've become more sympathetic to the idea of a idea of a blob on a string. So the whole issue is probably moot.
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