Monday 23 October 2017

Festive fun challenge.


I'm sorry that I was unable to kick off a challenge earlier this month! Instead we're having a 6 week challenge that will take us into the first week of December and we'll start back in 2018. Crikey that year went so fast!

This challenge is called Festive fun and I'd like you to create a piece, jewellery or non-jewellery, inspired by your favourite holiday. We are a diverse crowd and it will be wonderful to learn more about each other's traditions! It would be lovely if you could tell us about your inspiration too.

This month our sponsor is Davida and she's offering £15 to spend in her online shop Old Bicycle Shop!

Email a photograph of your entry to Sarah at along with any other details we have asked for. The challenge runs until Midnight on Sunday 3rd December 2017 and the winner is drawn and announced the following day. You can email your entry at any time during the challenge period . The challenge is open to beaders worldwide.

  • Entries must have been started on or after October 23rd 2017.
  • You can make a jewellery or non jewellery item.
  • You can use any craft technique but it must include beads.
  • Your entry must be a finished piece.
  • If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.

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

Happy beading!


Monday 2 October 2017

Stashtember Reveal.

Thank you to everyone who joined in the Stashtember Challenge! As always absolutely gorgeous entries! 


I chose Juno as my inspiration. 

As juno is part of the asteroid belt I took the colours and the swirling image to create a cellini spiral bracelet.

I have attached a picture of the asteroid belt to show the colours I saw and a final image of my Juno bracelet.


Here is my Stashtember challenge entry -A pair of peacock earrings - The pattern is  by my Russian friend Varvara Smith. Ihave created these earrings inspired by an aspect of  the First topic - The Ancient Roman Goddess Juno. Goddess Juno often appeared sitting pictured with a peacock. Thus I created these bright peacock earrings.

Sarah G

I chose the birth of Elizabeth 1 as my inspiration and square-stitched a Tudor Rose.


I was inspired by considering space from mention of the German astronomer  so I have made Eridhans Polaris  pendant with Jupiter  beads on the strap.


Hashtag steps was inspired by the Blackpool illumnations - the miles we had to walk to see them on foot.

All the names went on to a list and chose...

Sarah G.

Congratulations Sarah! You're the winner of the £15 voucher from Celia at Jencel!

The October challenge will be announced in the next few days.

Happy beading,