Saturday, 1 March 2014

The March Challenge

Welcome to the March challenge! It's theme time again and we would like you to create a piece inspired by an Ancient Civilization.

To clarify 'ancient civilization' for this challenge, it is a civilization that existed in antiquity (before 476 AD) and no longer exists. There are so many to choose from - Mayans, Egyptians, Aztecs, Minoans, Romans - to name just a few! There's a huge amount of information available about ancient civilizations on the internet, but here's a good place to start...

Please remember to let us know the name of the ancient civilization that you've chosen as your inspiration when you submit your entry and it would be lovely to have a few words about what inspired you to create your piece to add to the blog along with your photo. We want you to have absolute free rein so this month there is no twist.

How do I enter?
Simply email your photograph to Liz at along with any other necessary info mentioned above.

We're happy for you to post your photos on our Facebook group if you are a member but please make sure that you've also emailed your entry. Entries that have not been emailed will not be accepted. By submitting your entry via email you are giving the admin of Operation Tackle That Bead Stash permission to share your email address with the sponsor if you are the lucky winner. We take your privacy very seriously and will not share your email address with anyone else.

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 March 1st 2014.

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 Midnight (in your time zone) on Monday the 31st of March. The winner will be announced the following day.
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 Rachel and she's offering one lucky winner £15 to spend in her shop RB Beads!

Good luck everyone and happy beading!


Bead Queen said...

oh wow! love love love this challenge! Hard bit will be deciding what one to do arghhhh!

Liz you are a genius!

Carol xxx

Michelle Knight said...

Mmmm, have already done a few based on ancient Egypt, so will have to think of something else. Nice!

Anonymous said...

wow good one , you really gonna make us think on this one heehee

Glorious Beads said...

Oh, I just MUST do this one as my degree is in Ancient/Medieval History! Now I have to pick a civilization.....Jeanne Evans

Peapod Beads said...

I've done Inca and Egyptian before, but I need to think about this...

Norah2113 said...

This is a wonderful Challenge topic. Wish I had the time to make something, but... So, I'll just feast my eyes on the amazing entries!

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