If you're a beader who frequents Facebook, you may have seen some of the amazing beadwork created for the Battle of the Beadsmith competition in 2012 and 2013.
What is the Battle of the Beadsmith? Steven Weiss, owner of the Beadsmith, created a single-elimination competition back in 2012 where beaders from all over the world would create a single piece of show-stopping beadwork. Artists are paired up for each round of the Battle, and the winners advance through subsequent rounds of voting, until a single winner is left.
The 2013 Battle of the Beadsmith competition included 192 bead artists from 38 countries around the world, and is now in the final round of voting among four remaining entries.
Are you interested in participating in the 2014 Battle of the Beadsmith? Steven is looking to expand this competition to include even more beaders! You won't win fame or fortune, but if you pick up your best beading needles and put on your designing shoes, you just may be able to claim the title of Battle Champ in 2014.
Even if you don't make it past the first round, there are so many reasons to enter a competition like this. For starters, there's no entry fee. The competition is open to beaders around the world, in any country. Think of this as your chance to make your beading dreams come true: use it as inspiration to create that amazing piece of beadwork that you always knew you could.
So, if you think your beadwork is battle-ready for 2014, head on over to the Battle of the Beadsmith 2014 Registration Form, fill it out, and send it in. Then, head over to Facebook and check out the B.O.T.B. 2013 group for loads of photographs, blogs, and more interesting posts about beadwork, designing beaded jewelry and accessories, and general hilarity from Steven and the cadre of bead artists who participated in this year's Battle!
Will I see you on the beaded battlefield in 2014?