Wednesday, November 20, 2013

January 2014 "Rising Star" Challenge

January 2014 will be our second Rising Star Challenge! If you have entered a challenge in the past 3 years but have not won, then you are welcome to submit an entry for this challenge. There is no theme so any work that was created starting November 19, 2013 (when the theme was first announced) and listed in your Etsy shop by January 5, 2014 can be an entry. So time to get cracking and finish one of those UFW and submit. If you have won either a team vote or a public vote then you are not eligible to enter. Below is the winners list:

3 Years of Wonderful Winners:
Etsy Beadweavers Challenge Themes History
Month - Challenge - Fan Favorite - Team Winner
Jan 2014 - Rising Star
Dec 2013 - Out of this World - TBA
Nov 2013 - Picture Postcard Palette - crimsonfrog & FrancescasFancy (tie) - crimsonfrog
Oct 2013 - The Beauty of Geometry - WizardIslandDesigns - ZviaGil
Sep 2013 - My Favorite Song - HauteIceBeadwork - rill
Aug 2013 - Ocean Adventure - TheVerdantEdge - TheVerdantEdge
Jul 2013 - Beautiful Summer Flowers - Angelquecreations - bead4me
Jun 2013 - June Bride - beadsforbeauty - jade butterfly
May 2013 - Hungarian folk Art - Maewa - Maewa
Apr 2013 - Shades of Scheherezade - beadn4fun - beautyglamourLuba
Mar 2013 - Faberge Egg - ArtfulAr - ArtfulAr
Feb 2013 - Japan - BeautyGlamourLuba - Bead4me
Jan 2013 - Rising Star Challenge - HannahRachel - JewelryByJane
Dec 2012 - Emotional Roller Coaster - Vicus - Vicus
Nov 2012 - Circles and Squares - Reginao - KrisDesignFSP
Oct 2012 - Misty Winter's Dawn - AngelqueCreations - Haute Ice Beadwork
Sep 2012 - Lunar Obsession - KrisDesignFSP - KrisDesignFSP
Aug 2012 - Hot Hot Hot - Zviagil - Medic5415
Jul 2012 -Tangerine Tango - Daniellart - CrimsonFrog
Jun 2012 - Mystery - Carousell - KraftKonfessions
May 2012 - Nautical Inspired - Zviagil - CrimsonFrog
Apr 2012 - Seed Beads Only - FrancescasFancy - FrancescasFancy
Mar 2012 - Destinations - LostAloha - LostAloha
Feb 2012 - Nest - KrisDesignFSP - KrisDesignFSP
Dec 2011 - Arabesque Style - Bead4Me - AngelqueCreations
Nov 2011 - Totally Twisted - KrisDesignFSP - KrisDesignFSP
Oct 2011 - Inspired by Picasso - Pinararpaci - ThistleDew4U
Sep 2011 - Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh My! - Vicus - Haute Ice Beadwork
Aug 2011 - Summer's Juicy Fruit - Budaikata - BohoDameDesigns
Jul 2011 - Sizzling Sunshine & Soothing Water - AnnaHatvani - FrancescasFancy
Jun 2011 - Heal the World - 4uidzne - TheBeadedBead
May 2011 - Lord of the Rings - chrysanthemumveil - Haute Ice Beadwork (our first team poll)
Apr 2011 - Spring Around the Corner - Annahatvani
Mar 2011 - Fashion Through the Ages - 4uidzne
Feb 2011 - Royalty Throughout Time - Bead4Me


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.

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