Friday 30 November 2012

The November Challenge - And the winner is...

Huge thanks to Clair for taking over from me while I've been away. The colour scheme she chose for November is absolutely gorgeous and as usual you've all come up trumps with your entries! First of all, let's have a look at the beautiful Polyvore collection that Clair posted for your inspiration...

Soft Shimmer (41/50)

And here is what you all made...

(Design by Noriko Romanko)

 Mary Kearney










(Design by Celia Pinnington)






Mary Marshall



All the names have gone into the list randomizer at and the lucky person who's name is at the top of the list is...

Congratulations Ev, you are the winner of £25 worth of goodies from Yashma Creations!

We hope you've all had a great time designing, making, as well as seeing all the beautiful entries. Check back tomorrow when we'll have a brand new challenge and another fabulous prize for December!

Sunday 25 November 2012


We have a very special giveaway post today courtesy of the lovely  Catherine , a longstanding member of our Facebook group and fantastic designer  Jean Power .

Here is what Catherine would like you to do to enter the giveaway:

"Hello all you lovely Stash Tacklers! As some of you may know, I somehow received 3 copies of Jean Power’s new book, instead of the single one my husband ordered for my Christmas gift. Jean very kindly said I could keep the spare copies and pass them on. Sarah and the other admins have kindly agreed to my putting one up for a draw on the Blog, and the other copy will be given away on the FB group, so if you sign up in both there are 2 chances to win! There is a little game to play to make this more fun: I’d like you to complete the following sentence:
Dear Santa, I’ve been good and tackled my stash all year, but for Christmas I’d really, really like...
Money no object, find something beady (preferably) that you’d love to receive as a gift, and post a link in the comments to somewhere it can be found online. (Please also be sure that you include a way for Catherine to contact you if you win - Sarah)
A random draw will be made on 10th December and the blog winner will be notified shortly after.
I don’t mind shipping overseas, but would appreciate a contribution for the postal costs as they can be huge from UK, will negotiate with the winners. There is, sadly, no guarantee that the books will arrive in time for Christmas (depending on the locations of the winners).
And don’t forget, work from several group members is featured in the book so you’ll see your friends in print!

Love and Beads,


Thank you to both Catherine & Jean for giving us this fabulous giveaway!

Happy beading,


Wednesday 7 November 2012

Japanese Beadwork {Bead, Book & Bounce}

Without further ado, I'm so excited to announce that the latest book in our Bead, Book & Bounce feature is Japanese Beadwork by Sonoko Nozue. As always, if you have already finished projects inspired by our Bead, Book & Bounce choice, you're welcome to share them in the OTTBS Facebook Group. It really does encourage everyone to dust off their own copy of the book (or their wallet) and start creating! 

Patterns In Other Places -

Happily, if Japanese Beadwork isn't already on your bookshelf - and you're not quite ready to commit to a purchase - there are two free downloadable projects available from the Lark Crafts Blog. I'm expecting to see several versions of the Crystal Rose Necklace and the Sonoko Wave.

And, If You're Interested -

You can visit Sonoko's Blog, Sonoko Beads - but do be aware that you'll need a translation tool - for additional, rather swoonsome photographs!

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Little Bead Boxes: The Reveal {Bead, Book & Bounce}

So, the time has come for our next Bead, Book & Bounce Reveal. In June, we chose some of the most popular beading books - and one by one - we're challenging our readers to dust off the books on their shelves. Over the last few months, everyone has been busy beading pieces inspired by the beautiful projects in Julia S.Pretl's Little Bead Boxes

When I announced the book over in the OTTBS Facebook Group, there was a flurry of activity as members of the group that already had the book added photographs to the Little Bead Boxes Album. And, what I've loved about this round of Bead, Book & Bounce is that there has also been a lot of activity - works in progress; problem solving; exclamations of disgust at tricky moments - while the members have worked on their pieces. It's so wonderful to see!

But, the time has now come for us to share our projects inspired - finished or not - by the tutorials, techniques or inspirational pieces included in Little Bead Boxes. You can share your own projects with us using the Mr Linky. 

  • Please link directly to your Little Bead Boxes blog post, so that we can find it easily. 
  • Please leave a comment here when you link up your project. 
  • Please try to visit the blogs of other participants when you can. We all love a bit of love!
And don't forget that we're still working on projects from Carol's Wilcox's, The Art & Elegance Of Beadweaving, with a new reveal on the 6th December.

Thursday 1 November 2012

The November Challenge

The inspiration for the November Challenge comes from the beautiful soft tones featured in one of my Polyvore Fashion Sets. If you've never come across Polyvore, it's well worth a look - there's tons of inspiration, just perfect for the beader or jewellery maker that wants to keep up with the latest trends.

Soft Shimmer (41/50)

Soft Shimmer by obstinatepursuit 

Your challenge this month is to combine softer tones of grey or silver with the more subtle shades of pink. The twist this month is material. Once again, taking a cue from the collection above, you could choose to incorporate silk, leather or suede, but please don't feel limited to those materials. 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 us 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 1st November 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 Friday the 30th of November.

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's prize is £25 to spend on beady goodness at Yashma Creations!

The winner will be drawn by one of the Admin Team after 6pm on Friday 30th of November using the random list generator at and announced later on the same evening.

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

The October Challenge - And The Winner Is...

Although the October Challenge was a little different, we had some amazing entries with people taking inspiration from colours, textures, patterns and themes. Here's the full, stunning, collection of entries. I love how unique each piece is this month!


Dee Wingrove Smith




Featuring: Heart Cabachon By Donna Saunders


Pattern: Shelly Pleines


Pattern: Butterfly Kisses by Jill Wiseman

Rachael Daniels
Pattern: Pearl In A Net By Keith Agnes Tutorials & Designs 

And, the bit that you've all been waiting for....I popped everyone's name into the List Randomizer and Gillie's came out on top. So, Gillie, you're the winner of this month's prize - £20 worth of Size 11 Delicas or Seed Beads from Rachael at RB Beads. Congratulations!

Sorry again for the small delay in rounding up everyone's entries - I'll be back soon with the details of the November Challenge! Stay tuned!