Monday, January 6, 2020

Beading competitions 2020

Beading contests 2020

Beads Biennale 
Deadline - February 26, 2020
First round judging free, second round $90
Artist is responsible for cost of shipping design to Japan for exhibition.

Bead Dreams
Sponsored by Bead and Button magazine
Deadline April 6, 2020
Entry fee $35

Museum of Beadwork
Sponsored by Caravan Beads
Theme - Wings and Stings
Requirements- 75% Miyuki brand beads
10 photographs allowed
Due by midnight on June 15, 2020
$25 entry fee
Grand prize $500 cash plus $500 gift certificate to Caravan Beads 

Interweave Jewelry, Bead and Gem Awards
Sponsored by Beadwork magazine
Four categories, $1000 cash grand prize 
Deadline July 1, 2020 
$35 entry fee

Seed bead contest 
Sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems
Free entry.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Stella Polaris

My daughter Autumn and my 2019 Battle of the Beadsmith entry, Stella Polaris.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Toho Challenge 2019

For the 2019 Toho Challenge I made a three part design. 

Valley of the Flowers

The necklace is in two sections that can be worn together or separately.
The lariat is 42” inches long with 31 bell flowers. The rope is made using fire polish and round beads as well as demi round and round seed beads.
The multi component necklace features a version of my Candied flowers design and some multi hole bead components based on a project from my book, Colorful Components. The 40mm sieve pin in embellished with teacup beads and can be removed and worn as a stand alone piece.
The fused glass focal was made by Karen Leonardo.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Colorful Components

Colorful Components: Transform multi-hole beads into beautiful jewelry with this fresh and approachable component-based stitching method.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Beading Contests 2019

There are many types of competitions for beaders.

Here are the links for contests in 2019-

Bead Dreams- beaddreams-international-jewelry-artistry-awards

Fire Mountain Gems

Fashion Colorworks

Facet Design monthly challenges  february-design-challenge

Preciosa Ornela

Toho challenge   2019-toho-mini-challenge

Friday, February 8, 2019

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Dragonflies Never Retreat

My necklace for the 2018 Battle of the BeadSmith featured beaded flowers based on plants growing in my garden. I usually start with a general idea, but I am never sure what I will end up with when I start a project for a contest. This year I decided to make some flowers I had never tried to make with beads before. The bee balm was challenging; I built the spiky blossoms using delica beads using a peyote stitch idea that had been simmering in my brain for a few years. It worked so well, I made an extended variation to create trumpet vine flowers. Those flowers ended up using a mix of peyote, ladder and brick stitch, with herringbone end caps.
This is a photo from 10 am day the project was due. None of the components are connected; the base is not even sewn together. One of the reasons my photos submitted to the battle did not do the necklace justice was because I took them at ten pm after beading all day. Usually I take 500 photos so I get four great shots; this time I took twenty and had just enough time to send them in. One rule to remember- make sure you leave enough time to take good photos! 

Here are some photos of the finished necklace. Eventually I will take some better ones.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Fashion Colorworks 2018

 My entry into the 2018 Fashion Colorworks contest.

I chose the triad with my favorite colors.

I used charms from Kabela Design.

And also Swarovski crystals and pearls, some are vintage.

The necklace can also be worn as a bracelet and a choker.

The name of the piece is Harmony.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Four Leaf Clover

When I was younger I found many four leaf clovers. It was easy for me to see the different leaf pattern the four leaf clovers made from the three leaf ones while walking across the yard. It always amazed people when I just reached down to pick one, with hardly a pause in stride. These days my eyesight doesn’t allow for that, but I still look. I have not found any lately, but I did make one out of beads. Here is a link to a PDF of this tutorial.
Happy St. Patricks Day

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Shamrock Earrings

The shamrock earrings I designed are a free project on the Bead & Button / Facet website.
They are quick and easy to make.