Monday, 1 February 2016

The February Challenge

Welcome to the February challenge! With the Oscars ceremony at the end of this month we thought it would be fun to have a HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR theme. We're talking all out glitz and glamour so raid your bead stash for crystals, pearls and gemstones and create something fit for a queen - or at the very least, a red carpet actress!



*If you do happen to be inspired by a piece worn by an actress, past or present, then please respect the original designer's copyright and don't make a direct copy*


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


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 Monday the 29th of February 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 February 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.

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 January Challenge Reveal



Huge thanks for everyone who participated in our January challenge by creating a piece of bead embroidery, we were blown away by all of your beautiful work!
















































































All the names were put into the list randomizer and the lucky beader who's name is at the top is...



JENNY TOTTERDELL!


Congratulations Jenny, you're the winner of the £15 voucher to spend at Jencel! We'll be in touch with you shortly about your prize.

Well that's it for the January challenge but there'll be a brand new challenge for February posted here later on today :)

Friday, 1 January 2016

The January Challenge

Welcome to the January challenge! Can you believe that the OTTBS monthly challenge is now in it's 6th year?! We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over the years by joining in and/or leaving comments. We really appreciate it! And of course, huge thanks to our sponsors who very generously offer a prize to one lucky winner each month: Celia of Jencel, Rachel of RB Beads, Davida of Old Bicycle Shop and Valentina of Beads & More by Yashma.

Well we have another year of exciting challenges ahead and we're kicking off 2016 with a stitch challenge; we would like you to create something using BEAD EMBROIDERY.


You can use other beadweaving stitches in your piece but the majority must be bead embroidery. Any type of technique where you stitch beads onto fabric is accepted. But please note that for this particular challenge we are not accepting soutache as a form of bead embroidery.

If you haven't bead embroidered before then here are a few links to get your started...

Bead embroidery basics...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKRs5U8SpVE

Freeform embroidery...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5TzwYadVjg

Photo based instructions...
beadwork.about.com/od/BeadEmbroidery/


THE PRIZE:
Our sponsor this month is Celia and she's offering £15 to spend in her online shop Jencel!

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 Sunday the 31st of January 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 January 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.

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 December Challenge Reveal




Well done to everyone who joined in with our December Metallica challenge, where we asked you to create something using only metallic beads. Beautiful entries as always!






































I put everyone's names into the list randomizer at random.org and the lucky beader who's name is in the number one position is...


MARIAN HOBLYN!


Congratulations Marian, you're the winner of the £25 voucher to spend at Beads and More by Yashma!

Well that's it for 2015. We hope you've enjoyed this year's challenges. It's been wonderful seeing you all bringing our themes and colour schemes to life with your amazing creations and we look forward to enjoying more of your work in 2016. Speaking of which, join us a little later on when we'll have a brand new challenge for the new year! 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The December Challenge

Welcome to the December challenge! It's colour time and the theme is METALLICA. No, we don't want you to create something inspired by the rock band (although you can if you want to!). Rather than choose a particular colour scheme this month we're inviting you to use ONLY metallic beads in your piece.




Thinking that metallic means just gold or silver? Wrong! There are so many glorious colours made in metallic and galvanized finishes these days - including Miyuki's Duracoats and Toho's Permanent Finish as well as all the beautiful metallic finishes on other types of beads - that you may be spoiled for choice. And if you want to use just gold and/or silver then that's fine too!

Specifics for this challenge:
  • You can use as many or as few colours as you like but please make sure you are using only metallic beads in your piece.
  • They can be shiny and/or matte.
  • Please note that silver/gold lined beads do not count as metallic.
  • If you're using a focal bead, it doesn't need to be metallic. So if you have a gorgeous handmade bead or a cabochon that you wish to use in your project then please feel free to do so.

THE TWIST:
For the twist this time we'd like you to include TWO-HOLE BEADS with a metallic finish in your entry. Also known as twin-hole beads, we mean the speciality beads that have two holes like Superduos, Tila beads, Rulla beads or Silky beads to name just a few! Remember, the twist is optional, you do not need to include it for your entry to be accepted but if you do you will receive two entries into the draw. 

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

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 December 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 December 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.
  • 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 November Challenge Reveal



Huge thanks to everyone who participated in our November challenge, where we invited you to be inspired by a book. You all used a variety of titles as your inspiration with Terry Pratchett as the most popular choice of author! The winner of the prize draw is at the bottom of the post but take a look at all the wonderful entries along the way :)

























All the names went into the List Randomizer at Random.org and the lucky winner who's name is at the top is...


KRISTEN HO


Congratulations Kristen, you're the winner of the £15 voucher to spend at Old Bicycle Shop!

We hope you enjoyed this challenge, whether or not you took part. Please drop by a little later on to see what the challenge is for the last month of 2015.