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Thursday, 28 February 2013


Woohoo, we have our very first winner. 

Congratulations to ..........


Here is Pauline's gorgeous entry

Well done sweetie. You have won £15 to spend at Beads Direct

Please contact me and I will tell you how to claim your prize.

Don't forget, our next challenge starts tomorrow at 1pm

Saturday, 2 February 2013

February Challenge ..... Our very first challenge!

Good afternoon and welcome to the very first ever challenge here on Beading Friends Forever. It has been too long for beaders and lovers of jewellery making not to have their own challenge blog and so I thought rather than complain about it I should just create a place for us all to come together and play once a month.

The idea is simple. A 2 part challenge comprising of a theme and a tutorial/pattern. You can choose to enter one part or both plus you can enter as many times as you like as long as you follow a few simple rules to make it fair for everyone. The rules are on the sidebar so please have a quick look before playing along.

I am so lucky to have a fabulous design team who are here to provide lots of inspiration and will use a wide range of techniques. Plus they are the loveliest bunch of ladies I know. Make sure you pop over to their personal blogs for more details about their individual creations.

Every month one lucky winner will be chosen at random to win £15 to spend online at Beads Direct

Ok, so let's get on with the first challenge ..........

Theme - Anything Goes

You can share any piece of new jewellery that you have created and not yet shared on your blog or Facebook

DT Inspiration


Tutorial - Hugs and Kisses Bracelet

Please follow the video tutorial below. The basic design must be followed although you can use different sized beads to create different looks. Many thanks to Aleshia from Beadifulnights for allowing us to use her tutorial.

Materials required:

For a 7 inch bracelet----------For an 8 inch bracelet

8 ft. of 10lb. test fishing/fireline------------8 ft. of 10lb. test fishing line/fireline
10-7mm/8mm round beads blue------------11-7mm/8mm round beads blue
11-5mm/6mm round beads green------------12-5mm/6mm round beads green
40-3mm/4mm round beads black-------------44-3mm/4mm round beads black
20-3mm/4mm round beads purple------------22-3mm/4mm round beads purple
11/0 seedbeads in 3 colours------------11/0 seedbeads in 3 colours
lobster claw clasp or toggle---------------lobster claw clasp or toggle
2 jump rings--------------------------2 jump rings

Feel free to use any size beads - as long as the pattern can be seen ..... let's get creative!

Tutorial link:

DT Inspiration

To enter all you need to do is add your link to your blog post below on the linky button. Please link directly to your post and not just your blog address. 

If you do not have a blog you can still enter by joining our Facebook page and then post your photo on this months challenge event page .  I will then add you to the linky below - all entries are eligible for the prize.

All entries must be submitted by 6pm GMT on 28th February. The winner will be selected by

Good luck and thankyou for entering 
Marcea and the BFF girls xxx