Saturday, May 30, 2009

July Challenge Theme

The May EBW Challenge was won by Miriam of CieloDesign. Her prize, as always, is getting to choose our next Challenge Theme. Here is what she had to say:

Having given this much thought, I'd like the next challenge theme to be "Here comes the bride..." This time of year always reminds me of weddings and happy events and I love the jewelry that goes along with that! The pieces do not necessarily have to be traditional white alone, inspiration from any culture, region in the world or background would be welcome! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!!!

The Challenge has been issued and it sounds like lots of fun! What are EBW members going to come up with? Will you take up the challenge and create your interpetation of Her comes the bride...! There are so many possibilities.

You can start today and complete and list it by midnight Etsy time, July 5, 2009!

Any style, any technique with a majority of beadweaving is welcome.
ONE only entry allowed per person.
The piece MUST be created between May 30, 2009 and July 5, 2009.

See our Challenge FAQ here for all of the details on the rules of our challenges.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

EBW May Challenge - Hollywood Red Carpet Winner!

The May EBW Challenge had 21 entries, with a total of 467 vote and 104 of them went to our winner - Suprastellar Red Carpet necklace by CieloDesign. She says about her entry:

This OOAK necklace is a special creation made for the April Etsy Beadweaver challenge themed "Red Carpet" and is both festive, unique and gorgeous!

These are the next nine runners-up:

2. #20. Gladiator - jmackgems

3. #8. Bollywood Glamour - SmadarsTreasure

4. #18. Night of Stars - jodihorgan

5. #19. Vera Similitude Walks the Red Carpet - HauteIceBeadwork

6. #6. Queen Of Sheba Necklace - HannahRachel

7. #15 To Liz.. - beadsbyvezsuzsi

8. #14. Angelina Jolie Bracelet - triz

9. #12. Josephine Baker Burlesque Wrist Cuff - gypsyeyesjewelry

10. #17. The Red Carpet Bracelet for a Mom - alatvian

Etsy BeadWeavers are already at work on the June Challenge - Humour. You can read all about it.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Etsy BeadWeavers May Challenge - Hollywood Red Carpet Creations

The entries for the challenge are in! As always they are simply beautiful, creative and amazing! Twenty-one Etsy Beadweavers have the talent and took the time to create these wonderful and inspiring challenge pieces! Using tiny little beads and a needle and thread along with incredible patience EBW bring these selections to you to vote and choose your favourite.

You can click on the item in the text list below the mosaic which links to the Etsy Shop listing of each entrant where you will see more detail of each piece! Be sure to come back on the 9th when the poll will be available for you to cast your vote, May 9th thru the 15th!


1. Diamonds and Gold II - beaglebeads

2. Buried Treasure OOAK - GoodQuillHunting

3. how to be a rock star beadwoven cuff - thebeadedlily

4. Amethyst Netted Necklace - glimmerstone

5. Black Tie - beadsandblooms

6. Queen Of Sheba Necklace - HannahRachel

7. Golden Brooch with Pearls - enchantedbeads

8. Bollywood Glamour - SmadarsTreasure

9. Sophia Loren's Green Garnet encrusted choker - crownrosegems

10. Ms. Monroe - Evandra

11. The Prince and the Showgirl - ThesePreciousThings

12. Josephine Baker Burlesque Wrist Cuff - gypsyeyesjewelry

13. Suprastellar Red Carpet necklace - CieloDesign

14. Angelina Jolie Bracelet - triz

15. To Liz.. - beadsbyvezsuzsi

16.Scarlett's bracelet - carmenesque

17. The Red Carpet Bracelet for a Mom - alatvian

18. Night of Stars - jodihorgan

19. Vera Similitude Walks the Red Carpet - HauteIceBeadwork

20. Gladiator - jmackgems

21. Cascade - njema

Voting begins on Saturday, May 9th and ends midnight May 15th. You can show your appreciation for the efforts of these EBW artists by taking on the difficult task of voting for your favorite. (The ballot will appear on the side bar at right on May 9th.) Again, the individual pieces are listed below the mosaic where you can visit each entry for more information by following the link. Thank you, enjoy and be sure to come back to vote between May 9th and 15th!

Many thanks to Ann of Francesca's Fancy for creating this beautiful mosaic of the Challenge pieces.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

EBW 2009 Beaded Quilt to help fight breast cancer

Last year after reading about the Bead & Button Show and their auction to help fight breast cancer, I came across Jeanette Shanigan's website and her beaded quilts. Jeanette asks beaders around the world to donate individual beaded squares based on a theme. She then sews the squares together to make gorgeous quilts, mounts them in shadow boxes and donates them to be auctioned at the Bead & Button show. In 2008, these quilts raised nearly $4,400 for breast cancer research.

Being a member of the Etsy BeadWeaver's team (EBW), I knew we were sitting on a goldmine of talent. I asked the group if they would like to make squares to be included in Jeanette's quilts. I would collect all of the squares and submit them at one time in hopes that they would all be included in one quilt. Fifteen EBW members stepped up and created 35 squares to be included in a 2009 quilt. The theme for 2009 is "Bead artists have the heart to take on breast cancer" and I believe the EBW contributors did a magnificent job representing it.

Below is a mosaic I created of all of the EBW squares. This is not the actual quilt, only a digital version using photos I took of each square. Please visit the Bead & Button Show website to find out more information about the auctions, which will be held June 6, 2009. Below the mosaic is a list of contributors and links to their shops. Click on photo to see full size.

First row (l to r): Susan Clinkscales, Eddy Downing, Eddy Downing, JoJo Curley, Swanee Hielscher
2nd row: Swanee Hielscher, Swanee Hielscher, Swanee Hielscher, Linda Davis, Smadar Grossman
3rd row: Smadar Grossman, Smadar Grossman, Smadar Grossman, Lisa Savoy, Lisa Savoy
4th row: Lisa Savoy, Jama Watts, Jama Watts, Jama Watts, Kerrie Slade
5th row: Kerrie Slade, Kerrie Slade, Kerrie Slade, Victoria Thompson, Victoria Thompson
6th row: Victoria Thompson, Kim Shaver, Dawn Nelson, Melody Murray, Melody Murray
7th row: Ileana Munteanu, Ginny Bracht, Ginny Bracht, Ginny Bracht, Ginny Bracht

Posted by: Susan Clinkscales of Clinkscales Arts