Thursday, 31 October 2013

'October'! monthly challenge projects and a winner!!

So what an October we've had. Mile high winds and rain! But on my way in to the Bead Shop today the sun is shining, the leaves are falling in that beautiful browny/red colour and the air is crisp. It's Halloween and i hope you all have your sweets ready for the lovely little trick or treater's that come around dressed as ghouls and goblins. 

So here are the lovely entries from this month's challenge that make us think of everything that October encompases. Entrants were welcome to interpret the 'October' theme in any way that they liked. It's now time for us to share our entries and, of course, announce the winner of the £15 voucher code for The Bead Shop Liverpool


"I associate the month of October with leaves changing colours and falling from trees, so I chose a pattern by Viktoria Szabo (VikisBeadingTutorial) called Leaf of Olwen for beading a pair of elegant earrings."


Poppy Brooch in beautiful reds and greens.


Beaded bead earrings using Swarovski pearls and crystal in Autumn colours.


Fun Polymer clay pumpkin earrings. Tutorial by


"My necklace of blue an gold tiger's eye with frosted yellow and dark maroon top drilled flowers and gold seed beads is 18" long and has hoop earrings to go with me, these colors represent the fading gold of autumn leaves and the blue gray of the sky, with the few bright an sunny days that we sometimes see before winter arrives represented by the bright gold of the seed beads

All the entries are absolutely stunning and we are so happy you all took part. The winner was chosen at random! and, at the top of the list is....

Deb! Congratulations! Deb, please e-mail us at, so that we can send your your voucher code!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

'October' (The Monthly Challenge)

On the 1st of each month we'll be posting a challenge theme to inspire your jewellery making - whether you're a seed beader, stringer, metal clay worker, kumihimo lover or an all round beadaholic! 

With so much going on in October we decided to let the challenge be just that, 'October'. So whether you're inspired by the scary but fun Halloween, kicking the beautiful brown/red leaves falling from the trees in welly boots or the clocks going back and giving us that extra hour in bed, we want to see your designs that have been inspired by October. Designs must be made especially for the challenge.

Pictures taken from Google images

Does It Have To Be My Own Design? 
Not at all. We are happy for you to use designs from books, magazines or tutorials - or include elements inspired by other designers. However, we do ask that you remember to credit the designers when sending us your entries. 

Do You Accept Entries From Outside The UK? 
The Bead Shop Liverpool mails internationally so, yes, we are happy to except entries from outside the UK! 

When's The Deadline For Entries? 
The deadline for entries is the 25th of October 2013. Entries received after the 25th October will not be counted. We'll be sharing all entries on the blog - and announcing the winner - on the 28th October 2013. 

And How Do I Enter? 
Please send an e-mail to and include your name, e-mail address, details of your design and, of course, a photograph!