Canadian Premiere – Handmade Nation!

I just saw this link on Toronto Craft Alert. Handmade Nation – A documentary about indie craft by Faythe Levine, will be premiering in Toronto on February 26th. Thursday February 26, 2009 Film – 7pm Discusssion – 8.30pm-10pm Lennox Contemporary Gallery 12 Ossington Ave. (near Queen) $8 @ the door Comment here if you are planning on attending! I’m looking forward to it. Image Courtesy Sublime Stitching / Faythe Levine In patnership with the Onatrio Crafts Council and Toronto Craft Alert, City of Craft is proud to present the Canadian Premier of Handmade Nation, the new documentary about indie craft …

Tucson: If It’s Wednesday, It Must Be The Best Bead Show

Hard to believe I’ve been here for five days already, going from one bead show to another every day. Today I covered the Tucson Best Bead Show, the best (IMHO) of the retail bead shows. This is a lampworked bead bonanza, second only to an ISGB conference. Most of the “big names” in the lampworking world are here: Milon Townsend, Leah Fairbanks, Sharon Peters, Akihiro Okhama to name the first few that pop into my head. Check out Beau Tsai’s gallery if you want to see some exquisite seascapes. www.beautsai.com The foreign gallery owners were packing his booth and almost …

Coming Up Next Week

As I am away in the sunny Dominican Republic right now I going to make this short and sweet! We have a few classes next weekend: Wire Bead Crochet Basics with Stephanie Dixon on Saturday February 14th,this class is almost full so I would book now! Introduction to Chinese Knotting with Angela Peace This coming weekend, February 7th, is Heather Bell-Denison’s Charmed I’m Sure And we have a Lampworking Weekend with Amy Waldman-Smith on February 7th and 8th. Hope that everyone has a great week. Blog you next week. Happy Beading

Valentines Day Open Beading

It’s a cupcake party! Join us on February 14th, from noon to 3pm for a special open beading session (bead n’ bitch) in the studio. Bring in a beading project, and a batch of your favourite cupcakes for a taste test. We’ll take pics, and post your creations up on the blog. I’ll whip up a batch of red velvet cupcakes to share. I hope you can join us! There is a class going on that day, so we have to spread out around the store….beads and cupcakes…what could possibly be better? 🙂

The Mad Strangler Rides Again, or How to attach a chain end to a rhinestone chain

Occasionally – we get asked – just what do you do with rhinestone chain – so that you can actually USE it! I mean – it’s sparkly and all – but how do you attach it so something? After all – the bling don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got a ring – to hing it from. 😉 That’s what these little doo-hickeys are for – rhinestone chain ends. Alrighty – you say – but how do you attach them! Picture the chain end with the loop as the mad strangler. He sneaks up behind the innocent and unsuspecting …

Ah! Tucson!

It’s my first full day here in bright, sunny warm Tucson. Well, actually the locals don’t think it’s very warm, but heck 18C is plenty warm enough for me. Today was the opening day for the Gem Mall. This is a wholesale-only show and one of the largest of the 40-odd gem, mineral and bead shows. Imagine if you will, two huge tents – one about the size of a footfall field and the other about 2/3 that. They sell everything from precious gems, semi-precious stones, pearls, finished jewellery, glass beads from Czechoslovakia, China and India, Sterling, base metal findings, …