Monday, March 24, 2014

May 2014 "How Unusual!" Challenge Theme Announced

Evi (Vicus), and Dani (DDeli), the winners of our March Challenge, have set our new theme for us! The theme for May 2014 is:


Let's use the most unusual items this month! Besides your normal beading items (seed beads, crystals, gemstones, etc.), your entry for May must have at least one unconventional item. Look around you - on the street, in nature, in your kid's room (dolls, dice, playing cards, etc.) or in a man's world (screws, tools, bolts, bullets, animal eyes or teeth, etc.), or anything else you have not thought so far could be part of your beaded projects. Just think Out of the Beading Box and be innovative!


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.

Monday, March 17, 2014

March "Am I Blue?" Winners!

Congratulations to Raven of shop tattoedraven for winning the Popular vote for her piece, "Taking Flight Upon Silver Wings and a Turquoise Shaded Soul" in our March Challenge, "Am I Blue?" Awesome piece, Raven!!

Congrats are due to TWO of our team members for each winning the Team Vote in our March Challenge!!

1st place TIE with 12 votes each - Vicus, "Carnival Blue Silver Fluorite Bracelet," and dDeli, "Tanzanite Wave Pendant Necklace."

Other winners are as follows:
Blog Vote:
2nd place with 60 votes - KrisDesignFSP, "my answer to SHIBORI bracelet."
3rd place with 57 votes - rill, "Blue Lake Aquamarine Bridal Necklace."
4th place with 48 votes - Ddeli, "Tanzanite Wave Pendant Necklace."
5th place with 28 votes - SpiralDesignJewelry, "Blue Doodling Necklace."
6th place with 25 votes - Vicus, "Carnival Blue Silver Fluorite Bracelet."
7th place with 22 votes - PlumidiaCollection, "Blue Nebula Necklace."
8th place with 21 votes - RebeccasWell, "Neptune's Treasure Bracelet."
9th place with 19 votes - TheBeadedBead, "Blue Sea Anemone Pendant Necklace."
10th place with 18 votes - RedTulipDesign, "Spring Turquoise Bracelet."

Team Vote:
2nd place with 11 votes - SpiralDesignJewelry, "Blue Doodling Necklace."
3rd place with 10 votes - KrisDesignFSP, "my answer to SHIBORI bracelet."
4th place with 8 votes - TraditionsJewels, "Blue Ice and Iris Necklace."
5th place TIE with 6 votes each - TrinityDJBoutique, "Aqua Nite Cuff," and RebeccasWell, "Neptune's Treasure Bracelet."
6th place with 5 votes - rill, "Blue Lake Aquamarine Bridal Necklace."

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Voting for the March "Am I Blue" Challenge

Choose your favorite "Am I Blue?" entry from the images and links below, and vote for it on the blog poll on the right sidebar. Voting will occur from March 9th through the 15th.

Click on the images or links below to learn more about each entry and see larger, detailed images of each piece.


Image Map