Friday, February 22, 2013

“Shades of Scheherazade” April 2013 Challenge

Luba, winner of our "Japan" challenge has chosen her theme for our April 2013 challenge!

“Shades of Scheherazade”
Find your inspiration in mysterious, undulating arms, swaying hips, and the beautiful, smooth curves of bodies in Middle Eastern Dance. Modern Oriental dance is a mixture of many styles, from places like Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey. Veiled faces can add to the mystique, and lavishly decorated costumes fascinate the viewer. Your beadwork should capture for the wearer the feeling of Eastern beauty. You might be designing for the heroine of the fairy tale "One Thousand and One Nights."

Any member of Etsy Beadweavers may start their challenge today February 21, 2013 and list in your shop by midnight Etsy Time April 5, 2013.  Not a member of Etsy Beadweavers and would like to join in on the fun, please apply using the button on the right "Join Etsy Beadweavers".  If you meet the team requirements and are accepted in time to entry then you may submit an entry.


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. Please also post your entry in the Monthly Challenge section on our Free Forum, in the thread designated for entries of the challenge you are entering.

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.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the February "Japan" Challenge

Congratulations to Isabella of Bead4me,  winner of February's "Japan" challenge popular vote, Isabella's Dragpms Eye Necklace received an outstanding 123 votes (21%)

The runners up are as follows:
2nd place - 14. Sakura Flowers Pendant - BeautyGlamourLuba 14% (82 votes)
3rd place - 13. Autumn Garden Necklace - Svetush 12% (68 votes)
Tied for 4th place - 9. Zen Garden Necklace - KrisDesignFSP and 23. Japan Tradition Bracelet - Sobby 6% (35 vtoes) ea
5th place - 6. Samurai Warrior Princess Cuff - annamei 5% (31 votes)
6th place - 17. Wrinkled Pearl Bracelet - ellimei 5% (28 votes)
7th place - 2. Beaded Necklace with Japanese Twist - Beadditz 3% (20 votes)
Tied for 8th place - 25. Red Sakura Necklace - AnnaCohen and 24. Spring in Japan - BeadCatcher 3% (19 votes) ea
9th place - 19. Ceremonial Japanese Kimono Necklace - Janiesgems 3% (15)
10th place - 11. Secret Japanese Garden Necklace - Maewa 2% (13)  
Congratulations also go to our team winner, Luba of BeautyGlamourLuba for her Sakura Flowers Pendant.  Luba will have the honors of selecting the theme for April.  Here are the results from our internal vote.
1st - Sakura Flowers Pendant - BeautyGlamourLuba
2nd - Goldfish Tapestry Banner - Francesca'sFancy
3rd - Buddha's Temple Necklace - HauteIceBeadwork
4th - Beaded Necklace with Japanese Twist - Beadditz
5th (TIE) Zen Garden Necklace - KrisDesignFSP, and Ceremonial Japanese Kimono Necklace - Janiesgems
7th (TIE) Autumn Garden Necklace - Svetush, and Japanese Dragon Purse - ArtMasquerading
9th (TIE) Dragon's Eye Necklace - bead4me, and Japanese Tradition Bracelet - Sobby

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Vote for "Japan" February Challenge Entry

Kris from KrisDesignsFSP, internal vote winner of our "November Circles & Squares" challenge chose the theme for our February 2013 challenge.


The theme guidelines were as follows:

Japan has a most exciting culture.

There is a distinct division between past and future: ancient traditional values with their strong rituals, art forms and language on one side, versus the crazy dazzling fashion modernity, neon colors, and plastic kitsch on the other side.

Pick ONE of these two styles to create a piece of jewelry that shows the important criteria needed to convey either the traditional or the modern Japan.

OR: combine both styles into one piece accentuating the contrasts! 

Voting for for this challenge  is on February 9th - 15th.
Click on the images within or the links below the mosaic to see additional views and read about each piece in detail.