Monday, 1 July 2013

The July Challenge

Welcome to the July challenge! It's theme time again and the world is indeed your oyster as we'd like you to create something inspired by your Favourite Country!

This can be your own country, if that's your favourite, or maybe you've been on holiday and fallen in love with the country. It could even be somewhere that you've never visited but yearn to see! You can find inspiration for your piece from countless sources: the country's national flag, emblem, flower, animal, colours etc or whatever makes you think of that particular country.

When you submit your entry, please let us know which country you've chosen and what inspired your creation. We want you to have absolute free rein so this month there is no twist.

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 make it clear that it's for the July Challenge so we 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. We're 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, to make it fair on everyone who takes part please do not submit something that was made before July 1st 2013.

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 them credit.

When is the deadline for entries?
The deadline is 6pm (GMT) on Wednesday 31st of July.
Can I enter more than once?
You can make as many pieces as you like using the chosen theme. All entries will be shown here on the blog but you will only be entered into the draw once.

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 and she's offering a £15 voucher to spend in her online shop Jencel!

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

Good luck everyone and happy beading!


NEDbeads said...

Woohoooooo!!!!!! Fabulous challenge!!! Now, how do I accurately portray my love of the UK....

Gail Townsend said...

A beaded umbrella? lol

lynsey said...

Oooh sounds wonderful, I have so many favourite cultures, it's going to be hard to pick one.

Ericka Stafford said...

Oh Dear! This sounds a bit difficult!! Thinking cap on now!!!!

Clair said...

Love this challenge! Just love it!

asri wahyuningsih said...

sound the challenge

LiliKrist said...

I'm gonna try to joint this challenge =)

Teressa said...

I accept the challenge! I love butterflies, so my Country is going to be Peru, it has the most butterfly species of any other country. :D

Mrs Cake said...

I've had a self imposed exile from beading but have recently enjoyed a resurgence. I chose my country having been inspired by this month's challenge but can't seem to navigate flickr on my mobile as much. It tells me my photo is awaiting approval?

Mrs Cake said...

Blimmin Nora that was fast!

Sarah said...

I am that good ;-) We had to put moderation on the Flickr group as we were being spammed. Hopefully only for a short while.