Monday, 31 December 2012

The December Challenge - And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone who joined in with our December challenge! Before I announce the winner, let's have another look at the image we posted for your Black and Silver inspiration...

Black Christmas - Punk Star For Poly Styrene

And here are all the beautiful entries we received!




















All the names have gone into the list randomizer at and the lucky person who's name is at the top of the list is...

Congratulations Sheila, you are the winner of £15 worth of goodies from Jencel!

We hope you've all had a great time designing and making, as well as seeing all the beautiful entries. Check back tomorrow when we'll have a brand new challenge and another fabulous prize for January 2013!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Geometric Beadwork Giveaway Winner.

Catherine has used to draw the blog winner for this fabulous prize and the winner is...........

Tartan Ruby!

Congratulations! Catherine will be in touch regarding postage.

Thank you again to Catherine & Jean for this fabulous giveaway & to everyone who entered!

Happy beading,


Saturday, 1 December 2012

The December Challenge

Welcome to the December challenge! At this time of year there is always a lot of partying and what better colour scheme for that special party outfit than classic Black and Silver.

For this challenge, silver can be metallic and/or silver-lined crystal and any shade of silver is allowed, including hematite. As always, beads with AB/rainbow finishes are allowed but due to the fabulous prizes on offer each month we’re pretty strict on the colours allowed, so no colours other than those specified please!

Now here's the twist...we'd like you to include Stars somewhere in your entry. The twist is entirely optional but if you choose to use the twist as well as the colour scheme then you will receive two entries into the draw!

How do I enter?
There are two ways...
1. Email your photograph to Liz at
2. Or add them to our Flickr group pool.

Choose whichever way is easiest for you, you don't have to do both. In either case, please mention that it's for the December Challenge so I know that it's your entry. We're happy for you to post your photos on our Facebook group as well but please make sure that you've also submitted as above. Entries that have not been emailed or added to the Flickr pool will not be accepted.

What can I make?
Anything as long as it involves beads! Any technique is accepted, from beadweaving and stringing to wire work and bead embroidery. Lampworkers and polymer clay artists are also welcome to submit beads they've made. I'm sorry but any entries that do not include beads in some form or another will not be accepted. Your entry must be made especially for the challenge, please do not submit something that was made before December 1st 2012.

Does it have to be my own design?
No. We're happy for you to make something using a pattern from a book, magazine or tutorial but if you do please let us know the designer's name so that we can give them credit.

What about findings?
Findings (clasps, earwires, metal spacer beads etc) are exempt from the colour challenge so you can use silver, gold or any other colour findings that fit in with your project.

When is the deadline for entries?
The deadline is 6pm (GMT) on Monday the 31st of December.

Can I enter more than once?
You can make as many pieces as you like using the chosen colourway. All entries will be shown here on the blog but you will only be entered into the draw once (or twice if you've used the twist).

I'm not in the UK, can I still join in?
Yes of course! We welcome submissions from around the world so don't worry if you're not in the UK. Our sponsors have agreed to post prizes overseas so you can still enter and be eligible for the prize!

Any other questions?
If you have any questions about the challenge please feel free to email Liz at

The Prize
This month our sponsor is Celia of Jencel and she's offering a fabulous prize of £15 worth of goodies which the winner can choose!

The winner will be drawn by Liz after 6pm on Monday the 31st of December, using the random list generator at and announced later on the same evening.

Good luck everyone and happy beading!