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Check out the stunning designs that triumphed in our April 2018 Challenge
Ultra Violet Fever hero

Spring has come and gone and it is time for us to (finally!) announce the winners of the ULTRA VIOLET FEVER Design Challenge! For April 2018, we asked our readers to consider the Pantone Color of the Year: violet. Inspiration could be found everywhere: the crocuses and the hyacinths were in bloom, and the fragrance of lavender and lilacs filled the air. 

We couldn't wait to see what shades of purple you would choose to use in your jewelry during April? Purple is the color of royalty, and also of Easter and rebirth. It is as sparkling as an amethyst, as mysterious as the night sky, and as common as the jelly in a peanut butter sandwich. Plum, violet, lilac, mauve, lavender, orchid, mulberry, wine, and heliotrope: all of these shades made for delightful surprises in your jewelry this month. 

Violet Winner Winds of Spring
WIND OF SPRING by Christina Patratanu
Wind of spring

Our first winner is Cristina Patratanu, of Milan, Italy.  

For her materials, Christina used Miyuki rocailles in sizes 11/0 and 15/0, shimmery silk, Swarovski 8mm chatons, Swarovski 3mm pearls and bicons, briolettes, 6mm twisted bugles, and ultra-suede. 

She used 3-dimensional embroidery 3d to make the flowers and butterfly, and also uses a shibori silk 3d technique on the neckpiece.

She says of her piece: "a need of colors, sun, soft perfumed wind of the wonderful flowers, newborn in this new nature: this describes my Wind of Spring."

See more of Christina's work on her Facebook page!

Violet Winner Viola
VIOLA, by Kristina Hatheway

Our READER'S CHOICE AWARD for April 2018 goes to Kristina Hatheway, who makes jewelry in Oro Valley, Arizona, in the US. 

 She tells us:

 I am a wire jewelry artist, and this was the first project that I made using bead embroidery technique! I enjoyed making this statement necklace. I used charoite cabochon, amethyst beads, purple crystal cup chain, purple faceted crystal beads, metal spacer beads, and Toho and Miyuki seed beads.

 See more of Kristina's work on her website,


Violet Winner Ginevra
GINEVRA EARRINGS, by Giulia Del Prete

We have a second winner from Italy this month: Giulia Del Prete hails from Borgo Santa Maria Immacolata, in the Pineto region of Italy. 

Her description of her piece: 

I love all shades of purple. I have always worn accessories of this color, and for this occasion I created these earrings, my Ginevra earrings. Purple is a royal color that goes perfectly with gold. Created with the peyote technique, the material I used  are Swarovski 3 mm and 4 mm in Amethyst; Swarovski 12 mm rivoli in Amethyst; Swarovski 8 mm in Violet; Toho seed beads in sizes 11/0, 15/0 and 8/0 in permanent finish galvanized Starlight; Miyuki delicas, size 11/0 in Galvanized Gold; Miyuki delicas, size 11/0 in DB0982; Miyuki delicas size 11/0 in DB0901; and Miyuki15/0 seed beads in RR0460.

There are many ways to see more of Giulia's work! Find her on YouTube and Instagram under the name MissGiuliaa. She also shares her work on Facebook, and if you're looking to shop, find her Etsy store at



Violet Winner Chosen
CHOSEN, by Carol Fowler

Our final winner for the month of April is Carol Fowler of  New Berlin, WI. -- just up the road from our office!

Carol's piece has special meaning. She explains:

This piece reflects how God sees us - His chosen ones. Purple represents royalty in the Bible.

For this piece, I have incorporated various shades of purple with copper compliments. The deep purple round beads are Tanzanite, the reddish purple round beads are Swarovski glass, the leaf bead is a kiln-fired clay Raku bead,the donut bead is from a collection of Tuscon Treasures (not sure of the exact name), and the other smaller copper and purple accent beads are czech beads.

The smaller purple chips are Amethyst and the larger chip beads are from an antique necklace that I acquired years ago. There is also a round ceramic wafer bead positioned next to a ceramic purple bead. This piece also includes decorative copper spacer beads. The donut bead is wrapped in brown leather cord and copper wire.  The beads themselves are strung on beading wire and all attached to a larger copper chain. The length is extendable. 

Find Carol on Facebook under @spreadalittlehappy to learn more about her and her work!



If you missed out on voting, you can click here to go back and see all of the lovely pieces that were in contention. 

A new Design Challenge begins on the first Tuesday of each month, and ends on the last Wednesday of the same month. Voting for the Reader's Choice Award takes place during the final two weeks of the competition. Join in the fun by participating -- all you need to do is submit a photo!



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