Friday, 1 July 2016

The July Challenge

Welcome to the July challenge! This month sees the second of our stitch challenges and this time we would like you to create something using BRICK STITCH.




If you've never tried this stitch before then this is a great opportunity to learn - and to start you off we have a basic tutorial for you right here. Flat, circular, tubular and sculptural brick stitch are all accepted for this challenge.

Please note: Your piece can contain other stitches but the majority of your work must be brick stitch.


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:
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 Sunday the 31st of July 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 July 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 (and this month's stitch).
  • 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 June Challenge Reveal

Many thanks to everyone who participated in our June challenge! All of your entries looked amazing in our challenge colours of Turquoise Blue, Pink, Green and White. Sadly there can only be one winner and you'll find the results of the draw at the bottom of the post. But please don't forget to look at these beautiful creations along the way...





































All the names went into the list randomizer at Random.org and the lucky beader who's name has landed at the top is...


GILL COLLING!


Congratulations Gill, you're the winner of this collection of beady goodies!

We hope you all enjoyed this challenge. The July challenge will be posted later on today.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Prize update for the June challenge

Hi everyone, just to let you all know the details of the prize for the June challenge. We have something a little different for you this month! I have raided my stash and put together a collection of beads in lovely summery shades of purple, blue and green.

Everything in the photo (apart from the bowl) is up for grabs. There is a specially made sparkling bead soup which includes seed beads, fire polished crystals, Swarovski crystals, glass pearls, drop beads and cubes.

There are also: piggy beads, flowers, leaves, dagger beads, shell hoops, donuts, a string of matt crackle beads, larger matt round beads, three lengths of faux suede thonging, a pair of butterfly connectors, some face cabochons and a few orphan artisan lampwork beads. I may add a few more bits and bobs by the end of the month!






So if you'd like to win this little lot, then get beading! The details for the June challenge are here.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The June Challenge

Welcome to the June Challenge! This month we'd like you to create something in TURQUOISE BLUE, PINK, GREEN AND WHITE.



Any shades of these colours are accepted but please make sure that you use all FOUR colours in your entry. Don't forget that you can use multiple shades of each colour if you wish!


THE PRIZE:
Please click here for details on this month's prize!


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 Thursday the 30th of June 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 June 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 May Challenge Reveal

Thanks to everyone who participated in our May challenge, we hope you enjoyed creating your 'eye'catching jewellery! As you can tell from the gorgeous entries below, the theme for the challenge was Eyes... 








































The list of names was randomized and the lucky person whose name has landed right at the top is...


MARY MARSHALL!


Congratulations Mary, you're the winner of the £15 voucher to spend at Jencel! 

Well that's it for May, the June challenge will be posted later on today with a colour scheme to be inspired by :) 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The May Challenge

Welcome to the May challenge! This month we are inviting you to create anything you like incorporating EYES!



Your eyes can be human, animal or fantasy. Of course, we mean glass, plastic, polymer clay, ceramic etc, not real eyes! You could even bead an eye shape using seed beads, or create one from wire etc. Please note that the focus of this challenge (excuse the pun!) is on eyes and they must be clearly recognizable as such. Faces, although they contain eyes, won't count and neither will cat's eye beads, although you can certainly use these in addition to your chosen 'eye/s'. Evil eye beads are accepted as eyes.

If you have any further questions about what is or isn't allowed for this challenge then please email us at the address below.


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


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 Tuesday the 31st of May 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 May 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 April Challenge Reveal

May thanks to everyone who took part in our April Challenge where the theme was Beaded Flowers. It was nice to see so many different techniques and different beads used. As always, the winner of the draw is at the end of this post, please enjoy all the wonderful beaded flower entries along the way.









































All the names have been put into a list randomizer and the lucky beader whose name is at the very top is.....


AUDREY GRAY!


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

Well that's it for the April challenge. Didn't have time to join in? Then why not have a bash at the May challenge which will be posted later on today? : )