Friday, 1 April 2016

The April Challenge

Welcome to the April challenge! This month we would like you to create some BEADED FLOWERS.



Your flowers can be incorporated into jewellery or other items, or they can be stand-alone flowers. You can use any technique to create the flowers: beadweaving, bead embroidery, wirework etc but they must be made with beads, have petals and must be three dimentional. Please note that flower patterns such as  flat peyote with a flower design, daisy chain etc will not count for this challenge.


THE PRIZE:
This month our sponsor is Valentina and she's offering £25 to spend in her online shop Beads and More by Yashma!


HOW TO ENTER:
Email a photograph of your entry to Liz at ottbs@live.com along with any other details we have asked for. The challenge runs until Midnight on Saturday the 30th of April and the winner is drawn and announced the following day. You can email your entry at any time during the month. The challenge is open to beaders worldwide.


RULES & OTHER INFORMATION:
  • Entries must have been started on or after April 1st 2016.
  • You can make any item, it does not need to be jewellery.
  • You can use any craft technique but it must include beads.
  • Findings are exempt from the colour challenge.
  • Your entry must be a finished piece.
  • If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.
  • The photo above is for decorative purposes only, please refer to the text below it for details on the theme or colours allowed.

There is more detailed information on the challenge here but if you have any questions please leave a comment below or email us. 

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

The March Challenge Reveal

Huge thanks to everyone who participated in our March challenge, where the colour scheme was Purple, Green and Gold. The winner of the prize draw is at the bottom of this post but please take some time to admire all the beautiful entries as you scroll down!












































































The list of names were put into the list randomizer at Random.org and the lucky beader whose name is in first position is.....


VIDYA!


Congratulations Vidya, you're the winner of the £15 voucher to spend at Old Bicycle Shop! Please check your email Inbox for details on how to claim your prize.


Well that's it for the March challenge, we hope you all enjoyed it. The April challenge will be posted later on today so don't forget to pop back and see what our new theme is. Until then, happy beading!

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Happy Birthday Operation Tackle That Bead Stash!

The OTTBS blog is six years old today and so to celebrate I thought I would post a free tutorial! This circular brick stitch pendant is perfect for using up those leftover beads as you only need small amounts of each. And as you know, we at OTTBS are all about the stashbusting! I hope you enjoy it and have fun choosing different colours (Hint: it would look pretty good in this month's colour scheme) ;)

You can download the PDF here.


Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The March Challenge

Welcome to the March challenge! This month we would like you to create something in PURPLE, GREEN and GOLD.



Any shades of greens and purples are accepted, and your golds can be metallic, gold coloured or golden shades of yellow.


THE PRIZE:
Our sponsor this month is Davida and she's offering £15 to spend in her online shop Old Bicycle Shop!


HOW TO ENTER:
Simply email a photograph of your entry to Liz at ottbs@live.com. The challenge runs until Midnight in your own time zone on Thursday the 31st of March and the winner is drawn and announced the following day. The challenge is open to beaders worldwide.


RULES & OTHER INFORMATION:
  • Entries must have been started on or after March 1st 2016.
  • You can make any item, it does not need to be jewellery.
  • You can use any craft technique but it must include beads.
  • You must use all of the colours stated, no additional colours are to be used.
  • Findings are exempt from the colour challenge.
  • Your entry must be a finished piece.
  • If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.
  • The photo above is for decorative purposes only, please refer to the text below it for details on the colours allowed in this challenge.

There is more detailed information on the challenge here but if you have any questions please leave a comment below or email us. 

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

The February Challenge Reveal



Huge thanks to everyone who participated in our February challenge where the theme was Hollywood Glamour. We received so many glamorous entries! The winner of the prize draw is announced at the bottom of this post but do take a look at all the gorgeousness as you scroll down.











































































All the names were put into the List Randomizer at Random.org and the lucky beader who's name is at the top of the list is...


SHIRLEY  J MOORE!


Congratulations Shirley, you're the winner of the £15 voucher to spend at RB Beads! We'll be in touch with you shortly about your prize :)

Look out for the March challenge which will be posted a little later on today.