Saturday, 1 August 2015

The August Challenge

Welcome to the August challenge! It's colour time and this month we would like you to create something in PURPLE, BLUE, GREEN and BLACK.

You can use any shades of purple, blue and green but for this challenge your black must be pure opaque black. Please do not use silver-lined, black diamond or any other beads where the finish has changed the colour from true black. Matt opaque beads are accepted.

We would like you to include Czech glass SPIKE BEADS in your entry this month. Your spike beads must be in one of the challenge colours. Remember, the twist is optional, you do not need to include it for your entry to be accepted but if you do you will receive two entries into the draw. 

Our sponsor this month is Valentina and she's offering £25 to spend in her online shop Beads and More by Yashma!

Simply email a photograph of your entry to Liz at The challenge runs until Midnight in your own time zone on Monday the 31st of August and the winner is drawn and announced the following day. The challenge is open to beaders worldwide.


  • Entries must have been started on or after August 1st 2015.
  • You can make any item, it does not need to be jewellery.
  • You can use any craft technique but it must include beads.
  • You must use all the colours stated, no other colours are to be used.
  • Findings are exempt from the colour challenge.
  • Your entry must be a finished piece.
  • If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.
  • The photo above is for decorative purposes only, please refer to the text below it for details on the colours allowed in this challenge.

There is more detailed information on the challenge here but if you have any questions please leave a comment below or email us. 

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

The July Challenge Reveal

I don't know what kind of weather you all had during July but here in the UK it was a bit hit and miss all month - either sunny or pouring with rain and some days even felt like November! Luckily beading saves the day and cheers us up whatever the weather. Our challenge for July was to create a piece that reminded you of the beach...

...and here are the wonderful entries we received...

All your names were put into the list randomizer at and the lucky beader who's name is at the top of the list is...


Congratulations Sarah, you're the winner of the £15 voucher to spend at Old Bicycle Shop!

Well that's it for July, we'll have a brand new challenge for August posted later on today so don't forget to pop back :)