Enter The Stars


This Collaborative Community Project is now closed!
Stars were due June 30th, 2022.
Below is the information and guidelines put forth during the call for entries.

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How it works: Each year we ask artists to contribute a beaded item of a specific theme. We install these collected items in an exhibition highlighting the power of people coming together for the purpose of community and creation. The exhibition is then on display for roughly a year. Once finished, the individual items are used in fundraising efforts for the Museum supporting the staff, development, and programs of this community-based institution.


 Image courtesy of Deborah Ryan


The theme for this year is *Enter the Stars* and we would like you to make and send in a beaded star that will be part of an installation exhibit in our gallery entryway. Help us decorate this space with a sky of stars. It will be our opening year, and we want to highlight every one of you that made this opening possible as the stars you are.

We invite you, no matter your experience, style, or technique, to make a star and send it to us.


  • Stars can be anywhere between 2” in any direction to 10” in any direction
  • As the stars will be hung, 3-Dimensional is best, but we are not discouraging 2D as long as they do not fold under their own weight. 
  • Use of an armature, framework, or solid structure to bead upon is acceptable.
  • Each star needs to have a loop of material or jumpring at the top for them to be hung from.
  • Found materials are acceptable but we ask that the stars are at least 70% beads.
  • No color requirements
  • Original designs only. Due to copyrights that some patterns have, we must require that designs are created by you or that you have express permission to use them for this project.
  • Feel free to send us as many as you like. In fact, the more the better!


Please mail them to us no later than June 30th, 2022.

When mailing, please include:

  • Your star(s).
  • Your name, town/state/country, and age (if you wish to share).
  • Whether or not you would like to be listed as a contributing artist.
  • Mail to:
    Museum of Beadwork
    915 Forest Avenue
    Portland, ME 04103

The final installation will largely depend on how many individual stars we receive. 

Being in the entryway, this will be the first exhibit that visitors will see when they enter the Museum and with your help, we plan to make it shine!! 


* Fine print, please read!

Upon receiving, the stars become the property of the Museum of Beadwork. They are intended to be on display at the Museum of Beadwork as an installation for roughly a year before becoming part of an annual fundraising effort for the MOB. Individual stars will not be returned. 

All submissions to this project become the full property of the Museum of Beadwork and can be used by that institution in any lawful way including (but not limited to) publicity, marketing, publication, exhibitions, sale, etc. in perpetuity. All proceeds resulting from this project will go to support the Museum of Beadwork and its mission.



Miyuki Beads has kindly offered this video to anyone wanting to use their patterns for this project.
They are also offering step by step instruction (they are in Japanese, but the images can be followed) for a simple star pattern and for a slightly more decorative star pattern.


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