Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The February Challenge

We were really pleased to see so many of you enjoying last month's challenge and adding the twist to your entries in conjunction with the colour scheme. We're going to continue with the theme of different colours and twists each month, but even though we want to challenge you, we promise it will never be too difficult!

February's challenge is to create something in blue and green...

Blue Morphs To Green
Now here's the twist...the keyword for this month's challenge is round so we'd like you to incorporate rounds or circles into your entry. This twist is entirely optional but if you choose to use the twist as well as the colour scheme then you will receive two entries into the draw!

A few ideas...you could use a round pendant or donut; include round glass, wood or pearls in your piece; bead embroider circles; add buttons etc. We're not counting seed beads as round unless you've created something round with them such as circular peyote, circular brick stitch, round beaded beads etc.

Remember you also have to use the blue and green colour scheme. No other colours please!

How do I enter?
There are two ways...
1. Email your photographs to ottbs@bigstring.com
2. Or add them to our Flickr group pool.

Choose whichever way is easiest for you, you don't have to do both. If you add to the Flickr pool please make sure to mention that it's for the February Challenge so we know that it's your challenge entry. We're happy for you to post your photos on our Facebook group as well but please make sure that you've also submitted as above. Entries that have not been emailed or added to the Flickr pool will not be accepted.

What can I make?
Anything as long as it involves beads! Any technique is accepted, from beadweaving and stringing to wire work and bead embroidery. Lampworkers and polymer clay artists are also welcome to submit beads they've made.

Does it have to be my own design?
No. We're happy for you to make something using a pattern from a book, magazine or tutorial but if you do please let us know the designer's name and where it was published so that we can give full credit.

What about findings?
Findings (clasps, earwires etc) are exempt from the colour challenge so you can use silver, gold or any other colour findings that fit in with your project. The same goes for things like spacer beads. As long as the main part of your design is in the colours for this month then that's fine.

When is the deadline for entries?
The deadline is 6pm (UK time) on Wednesday the 29th of February.

Can I enter more than once?
You can make as many pieces as you like using the chosen colourway. All entries will be shown here on the blog but you will only be entered into the draw once (or twice if you've used the twist!).

I'm not in the UK, can I still join in?
Yes of course! We welcome submissions from around the world so don't worry if you're not in the UK, you can still enter and be eligible for the prize!
I'm very pleased to announce that Celia from Jencel will now be joining us as a sponsor and the prize this month is your choice of beads from www.Jencel.co.uk up to the value of £15!
The winner will be drawn by me (Liz) after 6pm on Wednesday 29th February, using the random list generator at www.random.org and announced later on the same evening.

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

4 comments:

Gemma said...

Oooh, yummy! Looking forward to creating for this one (like usual- you pick great themes Liz)
Gemxxx

thecrimsonmoon said...

Thank you Gem, I glad you like it!

kmemho said...

Hi Liz - I wanted to make sure I get the RIGHT colors this time... any shade of blue and green acceptable? It does not have to be primary colors blue and green right?? thx in advance!

Liz said...

Yes, any shades of blue and green are accepted!