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Bead-It-Forward squares due soon

The patterns submitted for Bead-It-Forward 2017 reflect this year's theme, Fantasy: Dreaming of a cure.

Just a quick, friendly reminder that the deadline for submitting squares to the 2017 Bead-It-Forward project is March 1. In case you aren’t familiar, Bead-It-Forward is a great initiative that brings beaders together from around the world to raise money for breast cancer research. Started in 2005 by Jeannette Shanigan, Bead-It-Forward is currently being run by Massachusetts beader Amy Severino. You can read more about Bead-It-Forward in this post from last October.

This year’s theme is “Fantasy: Dreaming of a cure” and each square should reflect the theme. The patterns that have been submitted, some of which are shown above, depict unicorns, fairies, dragons, mermaids, and more. You can use an existing pattern or feel free to design your own, but make sure that the square meets the requirements, which you can find on the Bead-It-Forward site. Also, while most of the patterns that have been submitted are loomwork or peyote, you can use any technique you want for your squares, so don’t feel like you have to limit yourself.

According to Amy, "So far Bead-it-Forward has received about 70 squares and there is still time to donate! Won't be long before I’m looking for 2017 assembly helpers, too. If you are in New England that's a plus!"

The baby dragon pattern I designed -- I've beaded the square but have yet to send it in!

Amy has agreed to send some of the finished Fantasy-themed items to us for our silent auction at this year’s Bead&Button Show, so if you are going to be at the Show, you’ll have an opportunity to bid on the finished items, which is, of course, how the project raises money for breast cancer research.

While Amy has had some sales on Etsy and Bidding Owl, she has had more luck at in-person events. Says Amy, “I did really well at a quilt store event last fall — the customers there were blown away.  I have also sold some quilts at craft fairs . . . I may try this year to change the model somewhat and maybe see if I can donate the finished pieces to breast cancer fundraising events that have actions or raffles and I may try to do a few raffles on the Bead-It-Forward page. 

To keep in touch with Amy, see the latest patterns and submissions, learn about volunteer opportunities, and find out when the finished items will be available for sale or auction, like Bead-It-Forward on Facebook.

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