Sunday, 1 March 2015

The March Challenge

Welcome to the March challenge! It's theme time again and this month we would like you to be inspired by one of GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.



Your choice of fairy tale MUST be from >>THIS LIST<< of fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm for your entry to be accepted. When you email your entry please let us know the name of the fairy tale you chose from the list and what inspired you.

THE PRIZE:
This month our sponsor 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 along with any other info we have asked for. The challenge runs until Midnight on Tuesday the 31st of March 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 March 1st 2015.
You can make any item, it does not need to be jewellery.
You can use any craft technique but it must include beads.
Your entry must be a finished piece.
If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.

There is more detailed info here but if you have any further questions about the challenge please feel free to email us at ottbs@live.com!

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

The February Challenge - And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone who joined in with our February challenge! Beautiful work from you all - as always - and it's so great to see how many of you took up our extra challenge of including freeform in your entry, some of you for the very first time!






















































































Everyone's name went into the list randomizer at Random.org and the lucky beader who's name is at the top of the list is...


JULIE RAMEZANI


Congratulations Julie, you're the lucky winner of the £15 voucher to spend at RB Beads!

The new challenge for March will be posted later on today so don't forget to pop back and find out what our theme is!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The February Challenge

Welcome to the February challenge. It's colour scheme time and this month we'd like you to create something in RED, BLUE and GOLDAny shades of Blue and Red are accepted and Gold can be gold coloured and/or metallic.



THE TWIST: We haven't had a twist for some time so this month we'd like you to include some FREEFORM BEADWEAVING in your work. This is completely optional but if you do include some freeform in your piece we will give you TWO entries into the draw!

If you have never tried freeform beadweaving before there are a few links to some instructions and hints.They are mostly peyote stitch but you are free to use other beadweaving stitches in your piece...


THE PRIZE:
This month our sponsor is Rachel and she's offering £15 to spend in her online shop RB Beads!

HOW TO ENTER:
Simply email a photograph of your entry to Liz at ottbs@live.com. The challenge runs until Midnight on Saturday the 28th of February 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 February 1st 2015.
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.

There is more info 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 January Challenge - And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone who joined in with our January Challenge. The theme was "Inspired by a Song" and you were all inspired by a wide range of songs from various genres and decades! The winner of the draw is at the bottom of this post but take a look at the amazing entries we recieved first...





























































































Everyone's names went into the list randomizer at Rondom.org and the lucky beader whose name is right at the top is...




ARYD'ELL




Congratulations Aryd'ell, you've won the £15 voucher to spend at www.Jencel.co.uk!

We hope you all enjoyed this challenge, please check back for the February challenge which will be posted shortly :)