Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014 Spring Swap Big Reveal

Every year our team hosts a Spring Swap between members that wish to participate.  It is a great way to learn something about another team member and create an item specific to their taste, colours and style.  This year we had 17 participants from around the globe.  Each person creates an item for one other in the group, they are not allowed to show their work until the Big Reveal after everyone has received their swap item.  The particpants make for one other person and receive an item from someone different from the group, this way you never know what you will receive and from who you will receive it.

The participants and who they designed for listed below:

1. ABeadedWorld • designed for • wizardislanddesigns

2. AngelqueCreations • designed for • ABeadedWorld
3. ArtMasquerading • designed for • WearableArtByLaurie
4. Beadflowers • designed for • ArtMasquerading
5. beadn4fun • designed for • Beadflowers
6. beaglebeads • designed for • beadn4fun

7. BenitaStyleBG • designed for • beaglebeads

8. BlueStarArts • designed for • BenitaStyleBG
9. CreationsofAgape • designed for • BlueStarArts
10. DesignByMiSt• designed for • CreationsofAgape
11. Jewelrybyjane29• designed for • DesignByMiSt
12. SharonEdelmanForEPEC• designed for • Jewelrybyjane29
13. SpringColors• designed for • SharonEdelmanForEPEC
14. Stellaltinaan • designed for • SpringColors
15. wanderware • designed for • Stellaltinaan
16. WearableArtByLaurie• designed for • AngelqueCreations
17. wizardislanddesigns • designed for • wanderware

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

July Challenge Theme "The Most Colorful Animals"

Ewa of MaewaDesigns, winner of the May "How Unusual Challenge" has chosen "The most colorful animals" as the challenge theme for July.

"I love animals and very often they are my inspiration in my work. You can find your inspiration everywhere around us: the most colorful birds, butterflies, fish or whatever you can imagine or see. The springtime, sunny days or just your dreams can help you in your project."

Your challenge entry must be created and listed between May 19 and July 5th.


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, http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com 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.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Congratulations to Eva of MaewaDesigns Winner and Raven of Tattooedraven, co-winner of the May Challenge!

Congratulations to Eva of MaewaDesigns for winning the Team vote and co-winning the Popular vote in the May Challenge "How Unusual" for her Resister Bracelet Cuff!
Congratulations as well to Raven of tattooedraven, co-winner of the Popular vote with her "Fuzzy Fluffy and Petable" Bracelet
Resistor Cuff by MaewaDesigns
"Fuzzy Fluffy and Petable" by Raven of tattooedraven

It has just come to my attention that this fabulous bracelet "Fuzzy Fluffy and Petable" by Raven of tattooedraven was actually the co-winner with Maewa for the public blog vote with 54 votes each. I'm so sorry for the oversight in congratulating Raven on this very unusual entry!

Here are the voting results
Team Vote: Total Votes 74
1st place - #9 MaewaDesigns, Resistor Bracelet Cuff with 15 votes (20%)
2nd place - #7 Beadditz, What a Peach with 11 votes (15%)
3rd place - Tie between #2 Suegoode, Clothespeg Leather Brooch and #15 Fuzzy Fluffy and Petable or Ode to a Broken Zipper - tattooedraven with 8 votes each (11%)
5th place - #17 . Couples Necklace - WizardIslandDesigns with 7 votes (9%)
6th place - Tie between 2#2. Lotus Seeds Necklace - BeadCatcher and # 23. Beaded Rice Bag Journal Cover - jess2bead with 3 votes each (4%)
9th place - Tie between #5. Blue Beach Glass Necklace - MaryTDesigns, #10. Clock Dial Necklace - BeautyGlamourLuba, #11. Balinese Mask Necklace - OfYourLove, #13. Unusual Landscape Pietersite Pendant - Svetush, #19. Industrial Style Nut Screw Cuff Bracelet - SpringColors, #20. From the Crystal Cave Necklace - DaynaMilesDesigns - 2 votes each (3%)

Popular Vote results: Total Votes 360
1st place Co-winners - 9. Resistor Bracelet Cuff - MaewaDesign with 54 votes (15%)
and #15 Fuzzy Fluffy and Petable or Ode to a Broken Zipper - tattooedraven with 54 votes (15%)

3rd place - #10 Clock Dial Necklace - BeautyGlamourLuba with 46 votes (13%)
4th place - #13. Unusual Landscape Pietersite Pendant - Svetush with 41 votes (11%)
5th place - #14. Entangled Pendant - BlissWorksStudio with 26 votes (7%)
6th place - #17. Couples Necklace - WizardIslandDesignswith 25 votes (7%)
7th place - #11. Balinese Mask Necklace - OfYourLove with 24 votes (7%)
8th place - #2 Suegoode, Clothespeg Leather Brooch with 14 votes (4%)
9th place - #7 Beadditz, What a Peach with 13 votes (4%)
10th place - #1 Stunning Silver Sun Necklace - beadifuljewelry with 11 votes (3%)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Voting for the May "How Unusual!" Challenge

Choose your favorite "How unusual?" entry from the images and links below, and vote for it on the blog poll on the right sidebar. Voting will occur from May 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

1. Stunning Silver Sun Necklace - beadifuljewelry

2. Clothespeg Leather Brooch - suegoode

3. Walking Liberty Necklace - beadn4fun

4. Jose Marti Cuban Peso Bracelet  - WearableArtByLaurie

5. Blue Beach Glass Necklace - MaryTDesigns

6. Alligator Osteoderm Cuff Bracelet - terran

7. What a Peach!  - Beadditz

8. Beaded Coin Cuff Links - Beadflowers

9. Resistor Bracelet Cuff - MaewaDesign

10. Clock Dial Necklace - BeautyGlamourLuba

11. Balinese Mask Necklace - OfYourLove

12. Crystals and Star Washer Bracelet - EsmerldasStudio

13. Unusual Landscape Pietersite Pendant - Svetush

14. Entangled Pendant - BlissWorksStudio

15. Fuzzy Fluffy and Petable or Ode to a Broken Zipper - tattooedraven

16. Spare Parts Necklace - AngelqueCreations

17. Couples Necklace - WizardIslandDesigns

18. Tail Light Pendant - playnwithbeads

19. Industrial Style Nut Screw Cuff Bracelet  - SpringColors

20. From the Crystal Cave Necklace - DaynaMilesDesigns

21. Glow in the Dark Goddess Necklace - BeadworkAndCoe

22. Lotus Seeds Necklace - BeadCatcher

23. Beaded Rice Bag Journal Cover - jess2bead