Tuesday, February 21, 2012

April Challenge theme " SEED BEADS ONLY"

Kris of KrisDesignsFSP winner of the February challenge "Nest" has come up with a very interesting concept for the April Challenge "SEED BEADS ONLY"

No cabs, no crystals,no gemstones, no clasps (unless they are beaded), no other ready to use supplies (except for what you need as basis for embroidery of course, as well as thread and so on) - but what´s visible are SEED BEADS ONLY! "

Any member of Etsy Beadweavers may start your entry today Feb 21, 2012 and list in your shop before April 5th, 2012 before midnight Etsy Time.  If you list before the end of the March challenge then please do not tag it with EBWC until after the 15th of March.  If you are not a member and would like to join us please view the membership requirements at JOIN ETSY BEADWEAVERS button on the right hand side.

Lets all have some fun and see if we can stick to the materials of this challenge with SEED BEADS ONLY.

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. 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. But 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. Let’s play fair with each other, and keep our challenges fun for all.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Congratulations to the winners of the February Challenge "Nest"

Congratulations go to Kris of KrisDesignsFSP Fan favorite winner of her own theme "Nest" with 83 of 517 votes (16 %).  Kris has also done it again and won the internal member vote so she will have the honors of selecting the theme for April 2012.

Here is a look at the runners up in this months challenge and congratulations to all who entered.
2nd place - 21. A Well Feathered Nest - gypsyeyesjewelry 46 votes (8%)
3rd place - 2. Nest Egg Necklace - HauteIceBeadwork 42 votes (8%)
Tied for 4th place - 12. Nesting Owl Bead Embroidery Cuff - crimsonfrog and 35. Mixed Media Beaded Art Bowl - ArtiZenBeads 35 votes  each (6%)
5th place - 7. Nest in Spring Garden - SpringColors 24 votes (4%)
6th place - 29. First Out of the Nest - BeadsNJane 23 votes (3%)
Tied for 7th place - 4. Single Distlefink Nest Cuff - enchantedbeads and 23. Gaia - Vicus with 20 votes each (3%)
8th place - 11. Nested Pearls necklace - AngelqueCreations 19 votes (3%)
9th place - 15. Deep Purple Bird Nest Loop Fringe Necklace - beadn4fun with 18 votes (3%)
and 10th place 30. Emergence - LaurenElise

Congrats to all who entered this challenge, look for next months challenge "Destinations"

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Voting for February Challenge "Nest"

The winner of the team vote in our November Challenge "Totally Twisted", Kris of KrisDesignFSP has a theme for our first challenge of the new year February 2012. And she would simply want to call it NEST. She has described her idea so well that I think it best to just quote her directly:
“It will still be winter in the Northern hemisphere in February and I believe thinking about nestling could make us feel comfortable. What I would like us to do: If you think about (or google for) "nest", you will find much more than birds building nests. Insects like bees, hornets and others also do.
So let´s get inspired by their pieces of art. Let´s see what ideas nature gives us. I´m sure, everybody will find a way to find their own interpretation of NEST……My intention is NOT building whatever nest in beads. When you think about what associations we have with the term "nest", it´s not necessary to construct a complete copy of a natural item.For me structures are important. You cut out a certain detail and transform it into beaded art, the main thing is that everybody will have the association NEST!

What did our entrants make of it? Please view this month's contest entries below.

Voting for this challenge runs February 9th - February 15th.

Please vote only once for your favorite!

1. Dryad seed bead necklace - AllasArt

2. Nest Egg Necklace - HauteIceBeadwork

3. The Gift of the Magpie - KraftKonfessions

4. Single Distlefink Nest Cuff - enchantedbeads

5. Bluebird Gift - Olgaterranova

6. Nest Egg Beaded Bead Pendant - MIDesign

7. Nest in Spring Garden - SpringColors

8. Nest for a Dragon's Egg - terran

9. SWANS all Loved Up - Starwaves

10. Driftwood Carnelian Nest Necklace - annamei

11. Nested Pearls necklace - AngelqueCreations

12. Nesting Owl Bead Embroidery Cuff - crimsonfrog

13. Beaded Cuff Bracelet - Skinny Wrapped - randomcreative

14. NEST Beadwoven Bracelet in Purple and Green - MegansBeadedDesigns

15. Deep Purple Bird Nest Loop Fringe Necklace - beadn4fun

16. Cheetah Jade beadwoven bracelet - Masai Mara - Kankou

17. Egg From the Nest of a Glorious Bird - TheBeadedBead

18. Loreng the Goblin's Nest - flagrantdesigns

19. Coffee bird nest necklace - BeadCatcher

20. The nest of a beaded bead - BoonieBeads

21. A Well Feathered Nest - gypsyeyesjewelry

22. Honeycomb - AsteropeBC

23. Gaia - Vicus

24. Spring Fling - josjewels1

25. Born in the sky barrette - BeadsForBeauty

26. Cocoon - BlissWorksStudio

27. Tribal Beadwoven Collar - LeafDroppings

28. LOVEBIRDs NEST - KrisDesignFSP

29. First Out of the Nest - BeadsNJane

30. Emergence - LaurenElise

31. Valentine Nest - Sobby

32. A Nest for Your Wrist - MaryTDesigns

33. Lacey Nest Necklace Brown Grey Ogalala Lace - playnwithbeads

34.Bead Embroidered Nest Pendant with Chain - iceboxgems

35. Mixed Media Beaded Art Bowl - ArtiZenBeads

36. Fill your nest with Love and Wine Beaded Stopper - jess2bead