Beading Challenged

Are you feeling a little beading challenged lately? I was certainly starting to feel sort of sluggish, like my ideas were all stuck in the same rut. Then my next challenge kit from Beadwork magazine landed on my doorstep, and I decided to look around for other challenges to stretch my creative muscles a little bit! Lucky for me, I found two more beading challenges to add to my list, and I jumped on them. Want a sneak peek at what will be on my beading tray for the next few weeks?

This is a sneak peek at my first challenge, my Battle of the Beadsmith piece, due in less than ten days! The Battle of the Beadsmith is a competition that takes place entirely on Facebook, arranged by Steven Weiss of The Beadsmith. I entered last year's competition and learned a whole lot about beading, bead embroidery, and how to enter a beading competition. Even though I know that there's a very slim chance that my beadwork will make it to the top of the heap, the idea behind this competition is for the bead artists who enter to challenge themselves to do something that's out of the ordinary for them. A very inspiring challenge, indeed!
The next challenge I decided to enter was from Darcy Horn at The Jade Dog. Darcy is the bead artist behind The Beaded Body, and I missed the deadline for her last challenge, so I'm very motivated to finish her challenge this time around! (If you want to enter, there's still time to purchase a challenge kit or two from Darcy over at The Jade Dog.)
While I was perusing Facebook on the day I bought my challenge kit from The Jade Dog, I noticed another challenge from my friend Amy at Bead & Glass Boutique. Amy's "All The Small Things" challenge looked like too much fun to pass up, and included some of my favorite materials — lentil beads and flower sequins! Again, if you want to join this challenge, you still have time to contact Bead & Glass Boutique and order a challenge kit for yourself.
Finally, I have the next challenge kit from Beadwork magazine to work on. I can't give away the surprise, but here's another highly-distorted photograph for you, just as a teaser. This kit is full of materials that I love, but hardly ever get to use — a sure-fire way to get me energized about a beading project!

Even if you won't win fame and fortune by entering a beading challenge, the other rewards are huge: a sense of accomplishment for finishing your piece, and a learning experience that can last for a lifetime! Keep your eyes peeled on Facebook, on blogs from people like Michelle Mach and Jean Yates, and here on Beading Daily for new challenges as they happen.

What was the last beading challenge you entered? What did you make? Would you do it again? Leave a comment, and let's talk about the pros and cons of entering a beading challenge.

Bead Happy,


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