Huichol Beading!

We invite you to try Huichol Beading – and to encourage you – we’re offering 25% off all our seedbeads, shaped beads, and, just for fun – the rhinestones too! What is Huichol Beading? And how do you pronounce it? Huichol beading – pronounced wee-CHOL – is a style of beadwork originating with the indigenous people of the mountain ranges of north central Mexico. The technique is simple – take a pea-sized lump of a wax-pitch mixture, knead in your fingers until soft, flatten out to the size of a quarter, and press onto the item to be decorated. Then …

May bead mat update: Toddling right along!

You might not know it, but my May bead mat update, is actually a snapshot of me doing everything and nothing! Seriously, I do know what I want to do (well maybe?), but I still want to experiment. I’m not afraid of hard work, but I am deathly afraid of being bored, so that’s why I jump around so much. Is that what mixed media is all about? I’ve hardly touched my bead embroidery for months, and there’s still that little purple doll hanging about. I won’t show her in my May bead mat update, but wouldn’t it be nice …

What’s in your June planner?

Ask which month is their favourite and most folks will say, ‘June’! It’s the month of weddings, proms and graduations – all eventful milestones in our lives. Happy events, but they can be a little stressful! Take some time out from your stress with a class. (By the way – did you notice that ‘stressed’ is ‘desserts’ spelled backwards? Hammering, beading, knotting and lampworking are a lot more diet-friendly than chocolate – no judgements, just saying!) There’s a wide variety of techniques offered among the early-June classes including seed beading with Pamela Kearns and Anne Marie Desaulniers. Anne Marie also …

InspirationFX: Gone Muddin’

Get your creative juices flowing ~~~   Gone Muddin’ Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer   Sometimes life gets hard. It gets sticky, dirty and downright muddy. Sometimes you run. Run away from the mess. But have you ever tried running in mud? To lift your leg, even for that first step. To have the energy to keep going. It’s harder to avoid making an even bigger mess. Sometimes it’s just harder to run! It’s okay. It’s okay to STOP! ???STOP! Breathe. In, out. In, out. Take the mud for what it is. Feel it! Squish it between all of your toes. …

Lasers!

Lasers! Back in the 60’s – when lasers were developed – so the story goes – the developers described them as “a solution looking for a problem.” Since then – all sorts of problems have come along that they have been solutions for – but I bet you have never thought of this one! Laser Etched Beads! This is something new – beads that have a coating, similar to AB and the other metallic and iridescent coatings, with a pattern etched into the coating with a laser. The work is so delicate that only the coating is effected – there …

Working with paper, metal, fibre and beads: An artist’s delight!

I woke up thinking about paper, metal, fibre and beads! What did you wake up to? Isn’t it funny how often dreams can trigger new directions in our work? Okay, full disclosure! I spotted something on Pinterest, that caused me to get sucked into the rabbit-hole, and explore new (to me) options. Unfortunately, I lost my reference photo, but that doesn’t matter, because it got me to thinking about utilizing a combination of paper, metal, fibre and beads in some of my future work (the following photo of my cuffs, includes paper, metal and resin, but that’s not really what …

May wraps up with more creative classes

Flowers are natural fireworks in extreme slow motion. (Unknown) May has seen the blooming of tulips, daffodils and forsythia – and the start of lots of inspiration in our classroom and studios! Late-May classes adds to the opportunities of your jewellery-making repertoire with a new Cavandoli pendant class with Angela Peace and a new metal clay class with Liz Reynolds! Christine Woollacott will assist you add the luscious colours of enamel to fine silver metal clay. Amy Waldman is ready to share how to transform molten glass into beautiful glass beads that you’ll be proud to include in your designs. …

Today is a fine day for chain …

It’s a fine day for chain indeed – or a day for fine chain, if you prefer. We have some ultra-delicious dainty chains – small enough to fit through some beads and pendants directly, petite enough to grace the most delicate of throats and ears, and slim enough to use multiple strands to create an en masse effect. Chain – 1 mm Beading Chain – Bright Silver (foot) Chain – 1 mm Beading Chain – Satin Hamilton Gold (foot) Chain – 1 mm Beading Chain – Antiqued Silver (foot) Chain – 1 mm Beading Chain – Bright Gold Plated (foot) …

Follow your muse: You never know where she (or he) will lead you!

Now I didn’t really mean me, but rather the muse inside of you! You know, the one directs your creative self. Remember to follow your muse! Of course, if you still want to follow me, then that’s okay too! When I say follow your muse, I mean that if your inner voice is telling you to do something, then run, not walk, and experience all that your creativity has to offer. What could it hurt? (Note: The above doll is named Fibrella, and yes, she does have a crown of needles!) I know that your muse will sometimes lead you …