Monday, July 21, 2014

September Team Challenge "Your Favorite Children's Book"

Shine from OfYourLove won the challenge for July with her whimsical and colorful “Weedy Sea Dragon” and she has chosen our challenge theme for September: Your Favorite Children’s Book

Shine says, “I am living with my niece (3) and nephew (6) now, and They LOVE being read to. I love revisiting my own favorite children's books. So for this next challenge draw your inspiration from either the pictures or the story from your favorite children’s book."

Team members may begin your entry no sooner than July 21 and make sure it’s listed with the EBWC tag by September 5th midnight Eastern time.

If you're not a member of the Etsy Beadweavers Team and want to be, please visit the link on our blog for an application.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to Shine from Ofyourlove, our July Challenge winner!

Weedy Sea Dragon by Shine from Ofyourlove
 Congratulation to Shine from Ofyourlove as the winner of both the public and team vote for our "Most Colorful Animals" entry!! Her colorful and imaginative "Weedy Sea Dragon" Got 15 votes from the team and 69 votes on the blog! As winner of the team vote, Shine will choose our September challenge theme! Linda of beadifuljewelry was runner up in both votes for her breathtaking "Lion of Judah" bead "painting" with 14 votes from the team and 68 votes on the blog! A real photo finish! Congrats and thank you all for your colorful entries!

Here are the voting results:
Team Vote
1st place: Weedy Sea Dragon – OfYourLove 15
2nd place: The Lion of Judah – beadifuljewelry 14
3rd place (tie): Cardinal Brooch – byMiSt 5
3rd place (tie): Blue Gold Green Peacock – SpringColors 5
4th place: Colourful Chameleon Necklace – Beadflowers 3
5th place: Colorful Butterfly Bracelet – enchantedbeads 2

Public Blog Vote
1st place: Weedy Sea Dragon - OfYourLove 29% (69)
2nd place: The Lion of Judah - beadifuljewelry 28% (68)
3rd place: Blue Gold Green Peacock - SpringColors 10% (23)
4th place: Cardinal Brooch - byMiSt 5% (13)
5th place (tie): Colorful Butterfly Bracelet - enchantedbeads 5% (11)
5th place (tie): Colourful Chameleon Necklace - Beadflowers 5% (11)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

August Challenge Theme Chosen: "Scotland The Brave"

Dayna of DaynaMilesDesigns won the team vote on the June "Steampunk Style" challenge and has chosen a theme for the August Challenge "Scotland the Brave"!

"Even though Scotland is only the size of the state of South Carolina, it is a country rich in history, culture and iconic symbols. And it is the home of my ancestors. This month's challenge is to create a piece that reflects some aspect of this magical country. Think of the poets, the history and heritage, the legends, the colors of the heather and the moors, the many colors of clan tartans....and golf! And if you're a fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books you'll know that the 8th book in the series just came out and "Outlander" a new TV series premiers on Starz in August!"

EBW Team members may begin creating a piece for this theme no sooner than June 21, and must submit your entry by August 5th. Have fun and be Brave!


Any EBW member may create one new beadweaving of your own design (not from a tutorial, kit, book, magazine, or class) in response to the challenge theme. Your work should be entirely beadwoven, or have a substantially woven component, to feature and promote our art form. You may not renew an existing piece, or list a tutorial or made-to-order item as an entry.

Members are expected to participate in challenges when possible, and required to do so once each year. Start the weaving anytime after the theme is announced. Complete and list the work for sale on Etsy by the 5th of the month of the challenge, before midnight Etsy (Eastern Standard) time. Your listing date is proof you entered by the deadline, and also determines your placement in the mosaic, so DO NOT RENEW your work until after the voting poll opens on the 9th.

Your listing must be for sale for the duration of the challenge (not made to order), unless it sells from your shop. If that happens, please alert the moderators to your sale, and you can still participate. If you must reserve your listing for purchase, please follow Etsy's recommendations and edit both your title and your description to begin with: "RESERVED FOR (buyer's Etsy username, or designation of buyer's choice) ONLY." Etsy does not allow the listing of items not for sale, so reserving your entry to sell elsewhere or keep for yourself is not permitted. Please do not put your shop on vacation mode when you have an item entered in the challenge, or deactivate your entry from the time you list, until the close of the challenge. If you must be away from your shop, please leave your challenge entry active, with a message explaining the date the item will shipped if purchased."


Your listing must include the following four (4) things:
1. The theme of the challenge. For example, “This (describe your work) was created for the Etsy Beadweavers Team (insert the month) challenge on the theme (insert the title of the theme).”
2. An explanation of how your work relates to the theme.
3. The address of our team blog where the voting will take place and the voting dates. For example, “Please visit our team blog, between the 9th and 15th and vote for your favorite entry.”
4.Tag your entry EBWC. This is how we find your entry. Please test this tag by searching "handmade" and "EBWC" on Etsy. If your entry does not appear in this search within an hour after listing and tagging it, please contact a moderator for assistance. Please do not apply this tag until after the previous challenge poll closes on the 15th, and remove the tag after the voting poll closes, so entries for the next month’s challenge can be featured.

About Promoting the Public Voting Poll
The purpose of the public poll is to bring as many viewers to our team blog as possible, increasing awareness of Etsy Beadweavers and our art form. The winner of the public poll should be the work that the most viewers liked the best. PLEASE DO NOT request that your friends vote for your work, or that of another member. Please let them make up their own minds about which entry they like the best. Promote the challenge by inviting as many friends, acquaintances, co-workers and family members as you like to vote for their favorite entry. Please use your blog, Facebook, Twitter and any other resources you have to drive traffic to our blog during the challenge. Feel free to say which entry is yours. Many friends will choose to support you with a vote. Let’s play fair with each other, and keep our challenges fun for all.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Congratulations to DaynaMilesDesigns, Team vote Winner and SamohtaC, Public Vote Winner for the Steampunk Style Challenge!

CONGRATULATIONS Dayna of DaynaMilesDesigns Team Vote Winner "Steampunk Style" June Challenge with 20 votes for her Josephine Necklace!

Josephine by Dayna of DaynaMilesDesigns

2nd place
Tristan and Iseult Scented Bottle Necklace - SamohtaC 15 votes
3rd Place Tie
Setting the Course Steampunk Style bib necklace - beadn4fun 11 14%
Steampunk bracelet – TisziBeads 11 14%
4th Place
Steampunk necklace – FleurDeIrk 10 13%
5th Place Tie
Silicon Valley 1G Memory Head Band – AngelqueCreations 4 5%
Steampunk Bird Cuff Bracelet – enchantedbeads 4 5%

CONGRATULATIONS Cath of SamohtaC Public Favorite Blog Vote Winner for her fabulous Steampunk & Tristan and Iseult inspired Scented Bottle Necklace with 45 votes!
Tristan and Iseult by Cath of SamohtaC
Voting Results
Steampunk bracelet - TisziBeads 44 votes
Setting the Course Steampunk Style bib necklace - beadn4fun 39 votes
Josephine - DaynaMilesDesigns 33 votes
Steampunk necklace - FleurDeIrk 9 votes
Silicon Valley 1G Memory Bead Embroidered Head Band - AngelqueCreations 6 votes
Steampunk Bird Cuff Bracelet - enchantedbeads 4 votes
Steampunk Beaded Ruffle Cuff - jess2bead 4 votes

Thanks to all who created entries this month. You did Steampunk Style proud!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014 Spring Swap Big Reveal

Every year our team hosts a Spring Swap between members that wish to participate.  It is a great way to learn something about another team member and create an item specific to their taste, colours and style.  This year we had 17 participants from around the globe.  Each person creates an item for one other in the group, they are not allowed to show their work until the Big Reveal after everyone has received their swap item.  The particpants make for one other person and receive an item from someone different from the group, this way you never know what you will receive and from who you will receive it.

The participants and who they designed for listed below:

1. ABeadedWorld • designed for • wizardislanddesigns

2. AngelqueCreations • designed for • ABeadedWorld
3. ArtMasquerading • designed for • WearableArtByLaurie
4. Beadflowers • designed for • ArtMasquerading
5. beadn4fun • designed for • Beadflowers
6. beaglebeads • designed for • beadn4fun

7. BenitaStyleBG • designed for • beaglebeads

8. BlueStarArts • designed for • BenitaStyleBG
9. CreationsofAgape • designed for • BlueStarArts
10. DesignByMiSt• designed for • CreationsofAgape
11. Jewelrybyjane29• designed for • DesignByMiSt
12. SharonEdelmanForEPEC• designed for • Jewelrybyjane29
13. SpringColors• designed for • SharonEdelmanForEPEC
14. Stellaltinaan • designed for • SpringColors
15. wanderware • designed for • Stellaltinaan
16. WearableArtByLaurie• designed for • AngelqueCreations
17. wizardislanddesigns • designed for • wanderware