2018 TOHO Challenge

This year’s color palette was inspired by the Arizone fire agate! It’s the “Opal of the agate world” with a riot of colors to open the imagination.


Each inspirational designer was given the same beads and asked to submit their completed designs in their personal style. The inspirational pieces will displayed at the upcoming Bead&Button Show 2018 in June and will be shown at TOHO Glass Museum in Japan for one year.



Challenge rules were as follows:

  • We provide Featured Designers with a beautiful color palette of TOHO seed beads and Czech glass beads to work with. (Participants may have also obtained starter/mini kits at the To Bead True Blue Show or the Bead & Button Show. Otherwise, if you would like to participate, may purchase the required beads and supplies at your favorite local bead store!)
  • You may add more of the exact same beads we have given you in the box. You may not add any other seed beads, crystal beads, or Czech glass beads.
  • You may add any of the following items sparingly as needed:
    – Fibers and base pieces such as ribbon, silk, thread, cord, embroidery backing, or leather.
    – Finishing items such as clasps, jump rings, ear wires, or end caps.
    – One focal item of your choice, such as a cabochon, gemstone or lampwork piece.
    – If you choose to add any of these items, please remember to stay within the same color palette, and the seed beads in the kit should be the main feature in your design.
  • TOHO Color Numbers:  #205, #329, #PF557F, #625F, #PF581, #PF584, #PF591, #928, #928FM, #1606, and #2611F.
  • Czech Glass Bead Colors: Matte Metallic Goldenrod or Antique Gold, Sunset Maple, and Opaque Red Iris Luster.

Participants who would like to submit a TOHO Challenge design and be considered as a Featured Designer in future TOHO Challenges are welcome to send photos to tohochallenge@teamtoho.net. Submissions are reviewed by Team TOHO members based on the rules, creativity, use of beads and color palette, etc. Designers that are chosen, are then invited by Team TOHO to participate in upcoming challenges and will receive instructions and details upon invitation. Participants have until July 31st to submit submission photos. Be sure to get those submissions in—we can’t wait to see what you’ve created and wish you the best of luck!

See what’s been submitted by our Featured Designers so far and displayed at the 2018 To Bead True Blue Show below.

Designed by Tatiana Van ItenDesigned by Agneiszka WattsDesigned by Nikki MessalDesigned by Jeanne OdonellDesigned by Barbara HutererDesigned by Carolyn CaveDesigned by Patricia ParkerDesigned by Patricia KraemerDesigned by Lisa JordanDesigned by Jacqui HigginsDesigned by Jan ZicarelliDesigned by Grazyna Charciarek-WalczakDesigned by Doris CoghillDesigned by Alexandra Sydorenko

We hope to see you all at the 2018 Bead & Button Show on June 8–10 (classes June 3-10) at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI. Just to make visiting us at booths 723, 822, & 824 a little easier, bring and present this card for free admission!

2018 Bead & Button Free Admission Card