Monday, July 31, 2017

Battle Update and other stuff!

     I figured today is a good day to post an update since we are in the middle of International Beading Week! It is the first week of August every year and there is a Facebook Group dedicated to it with all the information you could want about it. This year it is from July 29th thru August 6th. Click on over and check out the group to see all the events and patterns that beaders around the world are doing for this week. Personally I plan to finish some pieces that I have started, start new things I have planned, and make gifts for friends & family!

     My big news is that my battle piece is done, and my photos have been sent to Steven! I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to participate in the Battle this year. I don't want to reveal any pictures until Steven posts my battle, but I want him to hurry because I am excited to see all of the entries this year. I am in Group B, battle #28 vs Grażyna Antoń for those that are or want to be battle watchers
     Hopefully the posting of battles will happen quickly because I think what I made is awesome and want everyone to see it! 🌈 What rainbow? That rainbow? Nothing to see here, totally not a hint of things to come.... 😉

There have been some great looking sneak peeks in the Battle of the Beadsmith group on Facebook. I shared a couple in the group and a couple on my Instagram @bethclarkart. This one is of Thunder "helping" me take pictures. 

Other than cat photography I did learn some things during my rookie battle. I learned that working on only one piece was challenging for me personally. I usually have more than one board with different projects or trials going on. I usually have pieces that I play with and things that need to be finished out and ready depending on what I feel like working on. My battle piece was planned out (mostly) and was the only bead project I did from June 2nd until I was done beading it!

I also learned that Tulip brand beading needles are by far superior to any other needle that I have beaded with in the past. I am not endorsed by Tulip, nor am I paid by any company*, I just need to say loudly that these needles are great. I started my battle piece with two different needles and BOTH of them are still working.
They do have a little more character than when they were fresh, but they are survivors and will bead again another day!

There are a couple other things I learned that I want to share but will wait until after the reveal since they are specific to the beads I used and might not make sense until you see my design....

Thursday the 10th I will start back to my weekly blog posts! I am going to get prepared for some more CRAW! Happy August!

I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

August 10th: CRAW continued...

August 17th: PRAW

August 24th: Pondo Stitch

August 31st: Dutch Spiral

Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth