Friday, April 20, 2012

June 2012 Theme Announced "Mystery"

Ann of FrancescasFancy, winner of our April "Seed Beads Only" Challenge invites us to create a "Mystery" with her June 2012 theme!

 "Design a beaded mystery. Could be a symbolic chalk outline from a crime drama, or the tweed pattern from Sherlock Holmes, or a piece from a puzzle, or a simple suggestive clue. A key to a lost locket, a cypher of a cryptogram, a secret message woven into a work of art. Make an arcane riddle hidden in the pattern of beads, or do a scene from a crime novel. Make a map with an X marks the spot, or make the jewels be the prize in a treasure hunt, or the one earring dropped by the strange lady in red. Any idea woven in beads, just be mysterious somehow in its origin."

You may begin your entry today April 19, 2012 and list it in your shop between now and June 5th, making sure to tag it EBWC, but remember not to apply the tag until after May 15th.


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. 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.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Congratulations to Ann of FrancescasFancy winner of the April "Seed Beads Only" challenge

Congratulations go to Ann of FrancescasFancy Fan favorite winner of April's "Seed Beads Only" challenge. Ann's Green dragon Bracelet captured 113 of the 582 votes (19 %). Ann's entry also won the Member vote and she will have the honors of selecting the them for the May challenge

Here is a look at the runners up in this months challenge and congratulations to all who entered.

2nd place - 32. ABLOOM bracelet - KrisDesignFSP with 55 votes (9%)
3rd place -33. Garden in bloom beadwoven tie necklace - BeadCatcher with 47 votes (8%)
Tied for 4th place - 34. Golden Egyptian Reversable Beaded Necklace - ArtizenBeads and 11. Midas Touch Bead Woven Flowers Choker - AngelqueCreations with 33 votes (5%)
5th place - 3. Cuff Bracelet Red Golden Black - SpringColors with 32 votes (5%)
6th place - 4. Wildflowers in the Sage Seed Bead Bracelet - SierraBeader with 27 votes (4%)
Tied for 7th place - 15. Berkshire Spring Beadwoven Necklace - PeregrineBeader and 16. Pink Lily - savoystudio with 23 votes (3%)
Tied for 8th place - 38. Have You Ever Seen Beads Orchid Necklace - TheSpecialCase and 20. EBWC April Challenge Bow Bracelet - Fandefanfan with 18 votes each (3%)
9th place - 19. Ruffled Reef Sea Life EBWC - 4UIdzne with 17 votes (2%)
Tied for 10th place - 21. Everything's Coming Up Crocus Beaded Necklace - HauteIceBeadwork and Roses embrace tapestry - SpiralDesignJewelry with 15 votes (2%)

Congratulations to all 39 members who entered this challenge we all all winners every one.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Voting for April Challenge "Seed Beads Only"

Kris of KrisDesignsFSP winner of the February challenge "Nest" has come up with a very interesting concept for the April Challenge "SEED BEADS ONLY"

No cabs, no crystals,no gemstones, no clasps (unless they are beaded), no other ready to use supplies (except for what you need as basis for embroidery of course, as well as thread and so on) - but what´s visible are SEED BEADS ONLY!

Voting starts April 9 - April 15th, (See right side for poll which will be posted on the 9th)

Click on the link below the mosaic to see additional views and read about each piece in detail.

1 - tropicalkaren
2 - ArtMasquerading
3 - SpringColors
4 - SierraBeader
5 - beaglebeads
6 - beadn4fun
7 - BeadsNJane
8 - MaryTDesigns
9 - josjewels1
10 - annamei
11 - AngelqueCreations
12 - beadsandblooms
13 - randomcreative
14 - AnnaCohen
15 - PeregrineBeader
16 - savoystudio
17 - Jewelrybyjane29
18 - KraftKonfessions
19 - 4uidzne
20 - Fandefanfan
21 - HauteIceBeadwork
22 - LeafDroppings
23 - Starwaves
24 - BlueStarArts
25 - alterdeco
26 - flagrantdesigns
27 - BeadEnCounter
28 - BoonieBeads
29 - SpiralDesignJewelry
30 - FrancescasFancy
31 - notsoplainbyjane
32 - KrisDesignFSP
33 - BeadCatcher
34 - ArtiZenBeads
35 - Stellaltinaan
36 - ABeadedWorld
37 - enchantedbeads
38 - TheSpecialCase
39 - windyriver

1. Black White Butterfly Seed Bead Embroidered Cuff Bracelet - tropicalkaren