Sunday, January 17, 2016

The new Etsy Beadweavers "Rising Star"

Congratulations to the winner of both the team and public votes of our annual "Rising Star" Challenge Anna Cohen with her beautiful "Blue Montana Lace" set.


1st place:
Blue Montana Lace Bracelet by AnnaCohen - 64 votes (47%)

2nd place:
Eril the Seer's Magical Amulet by HumdrumAuguries - 27 votes (20%)

3rd place:
Crystal Necklace in Pink by SpringColors - 16 votes (12%)

Very close 4th place:
Baltic Amber Necklace by CraftNicheDili - 15 votes (11%)


1st place:
Blue Montana Lace Bracelet by AnnaCohen - 48 votes (64%)

2nd place:
Baltic Amber Necklace by CraftNicheDili - 7 votes (9%)

3rd place:
Beaded Pendant Necklace Unicorn by tropicalkaren - 6 votes (8%)

Well done to the winners and all who participated and thanks to everyone who voted!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Entries for January's 2016 "Rising Star" Challenge

Here are the entries for this month's "Rising Star" challenge!  VOTING WILL BE OPEN UNTIL JANUARY 15.  Please choose your favorite entry from the images or links below, then select your choice in the blog poll on the right sidebar.

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


  Image Map

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Etsy Beadweavers February 2016 Challenge: "The Solar System"

Sarah Cryer of  SarahCryerBeadwork has chosen "The Solar System" as the theme for February 2016:

In our house at the moment we are completely obsessed with our Solar System. My husband has a new telescope which we've been using to look at the moon and planets, so he's constantly coming up with new activities (last week we all watched the International Space Station whizz over us). Recently we saw a wonderful harvest moon, followed the same night by the lunar eclipse (so much better than last year's cloud covered solar eclipse), and last week I opened my newspaper to see some extraordinary new images of Jupiter's storms from the Hubble Space Telescope, so when it came to choosing a theme it seemed like the whole universe was shouting at me!
Anyway, our Solar System seems like wonderful inspiration for beaders - how about beaded beads making a necklace of planets, a scatter of rough natural crystals captured in freeform beadwork forming the Asteroid belt, or some bead embroidery inspired by the twisting stripes of Jupiter's storms? And if you get stuck you can always watch our favourite song for inspiration, or if you are feeling more sensible have a look at the Hubble website's gallery (don't get distracted by the far off nebulae though, please stick to our own Solar System).

Thomas (5) & Oscar's (2) favourite song:

The Hubble

Note to team members: 

Entries must be listed on Etsy by February 5, 2016 23:59 EST. Please refer to the Challenge Rules to ensure that your entry has all the requirements and don't forget to include EBWC in the title and tags of your entry.