Design Contest Details

We are excited to host a design contest during the retreat.

  • On the first day of the retreat we'll gather into small groups to create a bead bead soup mix.

  • You'll have until Saturday afternoon to finish your creation.

  • Your finished design should be 60% of the bead soup mix.

On Saturday during the farewell party, bring your entry and we'll vote on the winners. There will be one grand prize winner, a 1st and 2nd place winner.  

Submitting your design is optional, but we encourage everyone to play along during the open beading sessions!

What to Bring

Everyone should bring a 16" strand (or equivalent) of beads. Pick glass, crystal, stone or pearl beads that match one of the hues in the color palette above. Please keep beads between 6mm - 14mm. 

Bring a focal component or art bead for your creation.

Feel free to bring chain, wire, beading wire & crimps or waxed linen or whatever else you'll need to construct your design. 

Vintaj will provide a clasp or bring one of your own. 


Pendant Exchange

  • To participate make a pendant to exchange.

  • Slip your pendant on a simple cord or ribbon.

  • Wrap it in a gift box or bag with your business card or a note to let your swap partner know who made it.

  • This is for fun and not required. Bring only one pendant.


  • Your pendant can be beaded, a strung tassel, wire-wrapped, bead embroidery, metalwork, wirework, etc.. - whatever you want to create.

  • Please use high quality materials for your exchange.

  • The pendant can be as simple or complex as you’d like.

  • Bring your pendant to our first event on Wednesday.