Power of Beading Contest & Charity Fundraiser

Got to Be Beading

One of my favorite "got to be beading" stories came from a designer who told me that she had created a particular bracelet while waiting for surgery.  When it came time for her to be wheeled off into the operating room, she almost lost it.  The medical staff was startled by her reaction.  Was she in pain?  Was she scared about the surgery?  "No!  I have just 3 more rows!  I'm almost finished!" 

You may remember my interview with Lindsay Ross, the director of the Children's Healing Arts Project, who mentioned how many people in hospitals find the act of beading soothing.  Or you might remember the story of one of our designers who found herself forced out of her home by a wildfire (see "The Amazing Power of Beads").  The book Beading for the Soul by Deborah Cannarella is filled with stories of beading in all kinds of circumstances from a daughter's dance recital to the death of a beloved dog.   I recommend you buy of copy of Beading for the Soul if you want more stories of beading inspired by life's joys and challenges.

Enter the Power of Beading Contest

Do you have a dramatic "got to be beading" story of your own?  Or maybe beading helped bring hope and healing to a smaller, more ordinary moment?  I clearly remember a day last summer when I accidentally tore a hole in a favorite skirt.  I was so upset!  And yet, after a little time beading, my anger just faded away.  It was not a dramatic, life-changing moment, but the small act of beading helped me overcome the challenge of keeping life in perspective that day. 

How has beading helped you through a challenging time?  Tell us and you could win one of Kerrie Slade's handcrafted ribbon pins. 

There will be two first place winners.  Each winner will receive a handcrafted ribbon pin created and donated by talented designer Kerrie Slade. Kerrie has shared her creations in several issues of Beadwork, most recently the Olive Dangles and Periwinkle Choker projects in the August/September issue on sale now

The pink ribbon has a 9K gold pin with a heart made of 24K gold cylinder beads. The teal ribbon has a sterling silver pin with a heart made of galvanized silver cylinder beads. Entries will be judged by Kerrie Slade.  Names will be removed from the entries prior to judging.


  • Maximum word length:  200
  • Must be a member of Beading Daily to participate.  (It's free to sign up.)
  • One entry per person.
  • Deadline September 12, 2008, 12 midnight Mountain Time.
  • Winners will be announced on Beading Daily by October 20, 2008.
  • Entry Form

 Charity Fundraiser

In addition to the contest, Kerrie and I wanted to raise some money for an international cancer charity in honor of Kerrie's mother who is battling breast cancer. All the money raised from the sale of the instructions through September 30, 2008 will go to two international charities, The Wellness Community and the American Institute Cancer Research (part of World Cancer Research Fund). The Wellness Community is an international non-profit organization that provides free support and education to people with cancer and their loved ones.  The World Cancer Research Fund is dedicated to researching the role of diet and physical activity in the prevention and treatment programs. In addition, Kerrie is donating her designer fee from Interweave Press to Cancer Research UK.   [Update:  The fundraiser has ended–more than $1,000 was raised.  You may still buy the pattern, but we are no longer donating all funds to charity.]

Ribbon Awareness Pins
by Kerrie Slade

These brick-stitched ribbon pins may be made in a number of colors to represent different causes that are close to your heart.  Kerrie has granted permission to other beaders to create these pins to raise money for the charity of their choice.  Questions about using these pins for non-charity activities should be directed to Kerrie's website

Purchase project instructions now.

I'd love to hear if anyone plans on creating these pins for charity.  Please feel free to share your stories in the forum

Michelle Mach shares beading news, contests, reader galleries, and other beady stuff every Monday on Beading Daily. If you have comments or questions for Michelle, please post them on the website.

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