What's in the TBS Bag of Beads Challenge?

We will find out at the December meeting when the Bags are handed out. All we can tell you is that we will include (but not be limited to) small beads, larger beads maybe some crystals, perhaps some semi-precious stones, and most importantly a "stumper". What's a stumper? It is an oh-so-frustrating item that has no hole, is definitely not a bead, and makes you think in new and creative ways about your beading.

How does the Bag of Beads Challenge work?

Sign up at the October or November TBS meetings. The cost is $10 per bag. You can always pay when you pick up your bag in December, but there are only 100 bags available!
Step 2.
Come to the December meeting to pick up your bag.
Step 3.
Create your design during December and January (see rules below). It does not have to be a piece of jewellery, it can be anything!
Step 4.
Bring your work to the February TBS meeting, finished or not, to share with everyone. No speeches necessary! Just prepare a little card outlining your inspiration, the techniques used and what you learned from the experience! Then marvel at the incredible variety of interpretations of the TBS Bag of Beads Challenge by members.

There are only three rules:

  1. You must use at least ONE of everything in the bag (including the stumper).
  2. You can add anything you like: beads, wire, shells, kitchen sink, or any other thing you want to add.
  3. Bring your work to the meeting in February, finished or not, to share with everyone

If you are a beginner and a bit intimidated by the challenge, remember one thing, EVERYONE who has participated in this challenge was a BEGINNER at one time. This is a fun opportunity to challenge yourself, and just maybe surprise yourself!

Remember, there are only 100 bags available!

Take a look at what members did in previous years: Bead Challenge Galleries.


Upcoming Events

Tue Sep 19 @11:00AM until Jan 21
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles
Wed Oct 04 @ 7:00PM ** 1 week earlier than usual **
TBS Meeting: TBA
Sun Oct 15 @ 9:00AM Until Oct 29
Walking With Our Sisters
Sat Nov 04 @10:00AM 1 day only
Fall Bead and Jewellery Fair
Wed Nov 15 @ 7:00PM ** 1 week later than usual **
TBS Meeting: TBA