By now, most crafters know all about buying and selling on Etsy. But did you know that this website also hosts groups for sellers with like-minded interests? Check out the blog for Etsy Beadweavers; it devotes itself to the creations of an international community of beaders who market their work on Etsy. At the time of this writing, there are 230 members, with 80 active bloggers. You can find all sorts of fascinating interviews with beaders, beading patterns designed by members, info about exhibitions they’re participating in, and the whereabouts of classes they teach.
And—how fun!—for the last 2 years, the group has held a monthly contest, each with a different theme. The very first one had competitors making beadwork on the topic of Hot August Nights (still appropriate 24 months later, huh?). The challenge for this month was Gold and Silver, and the victor was Isabella of Bead4me; her ravishing winning entry appears at right.
Want to join the party? September’s mission is to channel your inner Bollywood. Hurry! You only have until September 5 to enter. (In order to participate, you’ll also have to apply to become a member of the Etsy BeadWeaver’s Street Team.) Even if you don’t contribute a project to the challenge or if you’re not a member of the group, you can always check out the entries between September 9 and 15 and vote for your favorite. I’ll post a reminder.
Can’t wait to see what the Etsy Beadweavers come up with!