Monday, 1 October 2012

The October Challenge

Welcome to the October challenge! This month we have something just a little bit different for you - a freestyle challenge - with a beautiful photograph for your inspiration.

A freestyle challenge means that you can create whatever you like, providing it has some connection to the photograph. Maybe you'll be inspired by the colours, shapes, materials, or other elements. If you click on the photograph you can see the larger version, there really is a lot to be inspired by!

The twist for this month is Hearts. The twist is entirely optional but if you choose to use the twist then you'll 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 October Challenge so that we know that it's your entry and also let us know what you used from the photo as your inspiration. 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 October 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.

When is the deadline for entries?
The deadline is 6pm (GMT) on Wednesday the 31st of October.

Can I enter more than once?
You can make as many pieces as you like using the photograph as inspiration. 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 Rachel from RB Beads and she's offering a fabulous £20 worth of size 11 Delicas or seed beads to one lucky entrant!

The winner will be drawn by Liz after 6pm on Wednesday the 31st of October, using the random list generator at and announced later on the same evening.

Good luck everyone and happy beading!


Anonymous said...

Wow, now that is quite a challenge Liz, great idea and love the photo too!:-D I would love to join in if I can figure out what to make... Fingers crossed!

Clair said...

Those stockings could inspire a fantastic bit of freeform netting!