As in years past, we’ll collect squares of beadwork that measure 1.5 x 1.5 in. (3.8 x 3.8 cm) and assemble them into mini quilts, shadowboxes, ornaments, and a few surprises. These items will be auctioned, and all proceeds will benefit two organizations: The Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, and The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden.

The Bead-It-Forward theme for 2018 is Butterflies, so squares should depict an object relating to a butterfly motif. Visit the patterns page for free patterns.  Also, like us on Facebook for regular news and updates on the Bead-It-Forward project.

All squares are due to the Bead-It-Forward PO Box by March 1, 2018. Carefully read the guidelines below, and then download and print a Submission Form before submitting your square(s).

Guidelines for the 2017 Bead-It-Forward Project

Each piece of donated beadwork must be 1½ x 1½ in. (3.8 x 3.8 cm) square.

You may use any beadwork stitches or other techniques on your square, and you may include beads in any color, shape, or style, but the overall motif of the square must reflect ‘space’.

Each beaded square must be stitched to the center of a 2 x 2-in. (5 x 5 cm) backing, like Lacy’s Stiff Stuff beading foundation. Keep in mind:

    Our friend Chris Franchetti Michaels has written an excellent tutorial (PLEASE NOTE THIS TUTORIAL IS FROM 2012 and the ADDRESS IS OUTDATED – PLEASE SEND TO THE ADDRESS BELOW) on attaching your beadwork to the backing.
    Avoid drawing lines on the front side of the backing with pencil, pen, or marker.
    You may dye the backing or color it with permanent markers if you wish.
    All beads and objects must be securely attached to the backing with thread. Glue or tape is not durable enough.
    Do not stitch or draw anything on the exposed backing around the square.
    On the back of your completed square, please print your name in permanent marker and draw an UP arrow to indicate the desired orientation of the square.
    You may submit as many squares as desired, but if possible, please submit them all at once.
Download, print, and fill out the 2018 Submission Form below, and then mail it to us with your completed square(s) by March 1, 2018.

If your square is not received on or before March 1, 2018, Bead-It-Forward reserves the right to not include it in the 2018 Bead-It-Forward project. Likewise, a square that does not conform to the above guidelines will not be included.

By submitting your square(s), you agree to relinquish all rights to your completed square(s) except recognition/acknowledgement of your contribution to the Bead-It-Forward project and the specific quilt/shadowbox/ornament/ other item in which it is featured. All items will be sold or auctioned.   Feel free to email Bead-it-Forward project director, Amy Severino, if you have questions.

Thank you for participating!

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