Saturday, 1 September 2012

The September Challenge

Welcome to the September challenge! September is traditionally a time for change, with leaves on the trees starting to turn from their summer green into more autumnal colours. With this in mind, September's challenge colours are Green and Gold.

Where did my summer go?

Any shades of green are accepted and you can either use metallic gold beads and/or beads that are golden in colour. Or you may choose to create your whole piece in green keeping the gold for the clasp, the choice is yours! Beads with AB/rainbow finishes are allowed but no other colours please!

Now here's the twist...we'd like you to include pearls somewhere in your entry. They can be either natural or manmade glass pearls and for this challenge they must be green and/or gold. The 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!

How do I enter?
There are two ways...
1. Email your photograph to Liz at
2. Or add them to our Flickr group pool.

Choose whichever way is easiest for you, you don't have to do both. In either case, please mention that it's for the September Challenge so I know that it's your 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. I'm sorry but any entries that do not include beads in some form or another will not be accepted. Your entry must be made especially for the challenge, please do not submit something that was made before September 1st 2012.

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 so that we can give full credit.

What about findings?
Findings (clasps, earwires, metal spacer beads etc) are exempt from the colour challenge so you can use silver, gold or any other colour findings that fit in with your project.

When is the deadline for entries?
The deadline is 6pm (GMT) on Sunday the 30th of September.

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. Our sponsors have agreed to post prizes overseas so you can still enter and be eligible for the prize!

Any other questions?
If you have any questions about the challenge please feel free to email Liz at

The Prize
This month our sponsor is Celia of Jencel and she's offering a fabulous prize of 3 large packs of sparkly Preciosa crystals. Each pack contains either 144 in 4mm, 72 in 6mm, or 48 in 8mm and Celia has a huge range of colours for the lucky winner to choose from!

The winner will be drawn by Liz after 6pm on Sunday the 30th of September, using the random list generator at and announced later on the same evening.

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

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