Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TOTALLY TWISTED! November Challenge Theme Announced

Marsha of HauteIceBeadwork, winner of the September Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY! challenge presents us with an interesting theme.  TOTALLY TWISTED!

This challenge is an opportunity to design your own unique twist on any of the many beaded spiral techniques. You may use a skill you have, or learn a new technique to add to your repertoire. You can weave a basic spiral rope, or a double or maybe even a triple spiral. Bead a Cellini Spiral, Dutch Spiral, Russian Spiral Weave, or African Helix. You can use spiral fringe or twisted loop fringe, or maybe you know some corkscrew-y stitch not mentioned here. Show us you best beaded DNA! You may use other design components, and personalize your work in any way you choose, but let something totally twisted be the featured part of your entry.

You have from today September 20 until November 5th to create and list your entry. Only current members of Etsy Beadweavers may enter the challenge.  If you are not a member, but have an Etsy shop and are into beadweaving please check out our membership requirements and complete the short survey at the button on the right. JOIN ETSY BEADWEAVERS.

Any EBW member may create one new beadweaving of your own design (not from a 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 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, 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) 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.

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, http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com 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 seaarching "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. 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. But 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. Let’s play fair with each other, and keep our challenges fun for all.

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