The Portland Bead Society has an annual challenge. Once all the pieces are in, judged, and awarded, then they go on display. This year the show is going to 8 libraries. Have a look at the slideshow of pieces entered.
Here is a description of the theme and a list of where the show will be displayed.
Such pretty colours! This is a gorgeous bracelet designed by Melanie Potter. I took a class with her when she visited the Portland Bead Society back in October 2015.
I really wanted to finish this because…… well, I wanted to wear it!
Very detailed and time consuming but just beautiful. The clasp is pretty interesting – a real fiddle to put together. It might help to have someone else put the bracelet on for you but I have found a way to do it myself.
The cuff is made with seed beads, delicas, Swarovski crystals and pearls.
Managed to snag a Toho Challenge package while at the 2015 Bead and Button show in Milwaukee, WI. Lovely colours this year. Especially the teals. After faffing about with various hopeless designs I discovered simple is best.
A herringbone rope stitched with teal triangles and gold size 15 seed beads, strung with a cubic right angle weave triangular pendant in metallic dark amethyst seed beads, fire polish crystals, and joined with daggers. Very pretty and wearable. In fact I wear this 18 inch long Toho Triangles necklace quite often.